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Major Arcana

Major Arcana

Major Arcana


On the same label as Anonymous, an album of west coast psych folk, with Sigmund Snopek of the Bloomsbury People. Additional participants are thought to have included Jay Borkenhagen (ex-Baroques), Tom Ruppenthal and Rob Fixmer. Jim Spencer, now sadly deceased, had other Milwaukee releases. -- The opening "Western wind" is a terrific folkpsych classic while the rest of the LP suffers a bit from the aggregated weight of all the different genres squeezed in. Read more on Last.fm
On the same label as Anonymous, an album of west coast psych folk, with Sigmund Snopek of the Bloomsbury People. Additional participants are thought to have included Jay Borkenhagen (ex-Baroques), Tom Ruppenthal and Rob Fixmer. Jim Spencer, now sadly deceased, had other Milwaukee releases. -- The opening "Western wind" is a terrific folkpsych classic while the rest of the LP suffers a bit from the aggregated weight of all the different genres squeezed in. The vocals are strong but sometimes overstated in that typical 1970s troubador style, while the flute ornaments are a bit, uh, effeminate. Neat synth arrangements provide the same lounge multiinstrumentalist vibe as on Bermuda Triangle; this also has the odd rock musical/art school stage project feel that's on a lot of these mid-70s hippie LPs.

Closing acidhead arrangement of "Greensleeves" sounds like the Kaplan Bros could step in any minute. Great psychy cover art. -- This is a more complex album than Jim Spencer’s solo work, with a lot of moods for what is essentially a hippie folk album. It starts with a truly gorgeous song, and has several highlights, including the voodoo inspired (and sexually nasty) “Pappa Doc” and the breezy “Back In The Spirit.” Not a wholly satisfying album, and it has way too much flute, but still an intriguing listen with some ace songs. One of the best album covers you’ll ever see, too.

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