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OM - Rautionaha Rautionaha
Jazz New - LP 60016 Japo
Sealed 1977 German Original. Small Saw Notch. First Copy We Have Seen Since 2004. The Swiss Quartet Of OM, Which Found Just The Freedom It Needed In ECM’s Studios For A Good Decade, Flung Open The Doors With Colorful Aplomb On Rautionaha, A Rare JAPO Release. To This Early Date The Group Brings A Kaleidoscope Of Shared Experience. The Sound Is Appropriately Splintered. Guitarist Christy Doran Pens The Kick-In-The-Gut Opener, “For Ursi.” Unable To Resist The Attraction From The Get-Go, Saxophonist Urs Leimgruber Colors The Twilight With His Heady Tenor, Chaining Ladders Of Virtuosity With Attentive Form. His Gurgling Expositions Of Momentary Abandon Give Doran Just The Break He Needs To Cast A Reverberant Magic With Tails Flying. The Superb Rhythm Work From Percussionist Fredy Studer And Bassist Bobby Burri Completes This Wall Of Light. The Latter Gives Us “Stephanie,” His First Of Two Cuts. This Meditation Of Gongs And Electronics Coalesces Into Some Fine Soliloquies From The Composer, While The Full Drumming And Six-String Picking Shimmer Like Morning Sun On The Horizon’s Lip. The Prickly Tenor Is A Bonus. Speaking Of Which, Leimgruber Puts His Writing To The Test In “Song For My Lady.” Something Of A Ballad, In It He Becomes A Crying Wayfarer Who Walks The Same Circle Of Self-Reflection Until There Is Only Music Left Of The One That Produced It. Lifting This Ponderous Weight Off Our Shoulders Is Burri’s Title Offering, Which Grows Like Weed In A Groovy Embrace. His Bass Work Glows Here. Leimgruber Opts For Soprano, Reaching Heights Of Multi-Phonic Brilliance That No Footstool Can Reach. The Effect Is Nothing Short Of Extraordinary. The Quartet Ends On A Whimsical Punctuation Mark, For All Like A Flag Without A Country, A Star Without A Sky. In The Absence Of Definite Shape, We Are Free To Induce Our Own.... more details
 
Om - Variations On A Theme Variations On A Theme
Heavy Metal Used - LP 77525 Holy Mountain
Hard To Find 2004 Original Still In Shrink Wrap With Custom Hype Sticker. Includes Custom Inner Sleeve. “Seven Years After Sleep's Demise, Al Cisneros And Chris Hakius Return In A Pared-Down Bass-Drums-Vocals Configuration. Although Jettisoning Guitars Might Be Deemed Sacrilegious By Metal Purists, Om Doesn't Sacrifice Any Of Sleep's Lumbering, Sabbath-Weight Riffage As Cisneros's Distorted, Fuzzed-Out Bass Does The Job Admirably. The Name Om Corresponds Perfectly With The Pair's Mantric, Minimalist Style. Sleep Buried Listeners Under Tons Of Sonic Magma, The Ideal Soundtrack To Stoned, Navel-Gazing Stupor; By Contrast, Om's Hypnotic Groove Aspires To A Higher State, Suggesting A Heavy Yet Ascetic Regime Of Meditation. Variations On A Theme's Transcendental Design Manifests Itself In The Sonic Architecture. The Song Remains The Same Across These Three Crawling Numbers (Essentially Movements In One Gargantuan, Ritualistic Piece), Throughout Which The Duo Builds Repetitive, Mesmeric Patterns: Cisneros Grinds Out Meandering, Python-Thick Basslines While Hakius Pounds An Earthmoving Beat Punctuated With Precise, Ringing, Cymbal-Strikes Like The Tolling Of Some Primal Ceremonial Bell. Cisneros's Unique Sung-Chanted Vocals Are Another Key Element Of This Ritual As He Intones Quasi-Mystical Fragments In A Clipped, Affectless Manner. Often Ignoring Standard Syntactical Rules, His Lyrics Are Largely Impenetrable And Could Be Cryptic Crossword Clues Or An Esoteric Sacred Text Run Through Beta-Version Translation Software.” – Wilson Neate, AMG... more details
 
Om - Cerberus Cerberus
Jazz Used - LP 60032 Japo
Rare 1980 Original With Promo Sticker On Rear Cover. Urs Leimgruber, Soprano & Tenor Saxophones, Wooden Flutes; Christy Doran, 6 And 12 String Guitars, Guitar Synth., Bobby Burni, Bass; Fredy Studer, Drums, Gongs, Percussion. Appears Unplayed.... more details
 

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