Engelhardt, Toulouse

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Engelhardt, Toulouse - Toullusions Toullusions
Folk New - LP BR 4203 Briar
Sealed 1975 Original With Custom Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. “The Term "Lost Classic" Is Bandied About A Lot In The Rock World, But In The Case Of The Toullusions Album, The Phrase Is Appropriate. At The Time This Album Was Released On The Tiny Briar Records, Toulouse Engelhardt Was Playing To Huge Audiences, And Along With John Fahey And Leo Kottke, Was Regarded By Some Critics As One Of The Three Acoustic Instrumental Guitarists Who Really Mattered. The Album Was Greeted With Ecstatic Reviews, And It's Easy To See Why. Engelhardt Picked Up Ideas From Bluegrass, Flamenco, Ragtime, And Surf Music In A Way That Nobody Else Was Doing Then. He Moved Easily Between Acoustic Six- And 12-String Guitars And An Electric Mosrite, Playing Both With Such Dexterity That It Sounds Like The Man Must Have At Least 15 Fingers. Though Multi-Instrumentalist Chris Darrow Of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Plays On A Few Tracks And Even Tap Dances On One Cut, On The Majority Of The Tracks There Is Only One Guitar And No Overdubs. The Simply But Warmly Recorded Album Was A Showcase Of His Technical Brilliance, And As A Masterpiece Of Both Composition And Performance, The Album Seemed Unstoppable. Unfortunately, Distributor Takoma Records Was Completely Unprepared For Toullusions To Take Off, And Copies Weren't Available When Engelhardt Went On The Road For The Tour That Was Supposed To Break The Album Into The Mainstream. This And Other Difficulties With The Label Made Engelhardt Decide To Quit The Music Industry, And He Didn't Play In Public Again For Several Years. Briar Nearly Disappeared Due To Bad Distribution, And The Album Became An Almost Legendary Collector's Item, Both For The Music And The Fact That Cover Artist Rick Griffin Went On To Fame In The Field Of Comic Books. Copies Of The LP In Good Condition Were Routinely Fetching 200 Dollars When Sierra Records (A Re-Named Briar) Decided To Reissue The Album In 1994.” – Richard Foss, All Music Guide... more details
 

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