Yonilicious was Species Being's first album, a self-released affair. This very loosely organized San Francisco outfit gravitates around drummer Frank Grau. Yonilicious is a 40-minute suite. Grau first recorded a very long drum solo, focusing on a handful of very different grooves and atmospheres. He sliced the 40-minute tape into sections, movements. Then, he recruited Rev. Peter Fuhry, Steve Meicke, and Brad Davis to jam with him over the tape in order to build a gigantic piece of music. The result is stunning. First, Frank Grau's frantic drumming is everywhere, from washes of cymbals to ultra-precise complex odd-time beats punctuated by possessed screaming. The music he and his musicians shaped over the drum track goes from prog rock to space rock to free jazz with guitars, bass, keyboards, and saxophone all bringing their own ounce of delirium tremens to the cocktail. A 40-minute funny and exhilarating tour de force, Yonilicious ends tongue-in-cheek with an ultra-cliché blues finale and a suave male voice saying "Now, that's yonilicious!" Fun, casual, unpretentious, unclassifiable.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture