Solo Acoustic Guitar, Vol. 1 was Eugene Chadbourne's first album (hence the title). Released in 500 copies on his freshly incepted Parachute label, it was recorded while the guitarist was still based in Calgary, Alberta. The seven instrumental pieces it contains are performed on acoustic and prepared acoustic guitar. Derek Bailey's influence is strong, but one also finds Braxton's conception of jazz and a bit of bottleneck blues permeating the music. Chadbourne even gets tender on "Love," a delicate composition. The highlight on this album is the loosely tied suite "Music for Mr. Anthony Braxton." The second part is especially interesting, featuring Bailey-esque strumming, the likes of which will hardly reappear in the man's career. Sound quality of the original LP is allegedly poor. In the late '90s, Chadbourne released some of this material, lifted from a non-mint copy of the LP, on Volume One and Solo History, along with other related material. This title was deleted from the House of Chadula catalog in 2001 and replaced by a complete reissue of Solo Acoustic Guitar, Vol. 1. Coming from a copy of the master tape, the music still sounds very muffled and the listener has to cope with a lot of surface noise. For the reissue, three extra tracks poorly recorded in live settings in 1976 were added. Due to sound quality, the whole thing will interest completists only. As for all releases on House of Chadula, it comes as a CD-R.
AllMusic Review by François Couture