Peter Peter Ivers Band

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Peter Peter Ivers Band - Terminal Love Terminal Love
Pop New - LP BS 2804 Warner
Factory Sealed And Pristine 1974 Original. “Ivers, A 27 Year Old Harvard Classics Graduate, Dressed As St. Sebastian In A Ripped Cheesecloth Shirt With The Tail End Of A Walloping Great Arrow Reverse-Spearing From His Delicately Haired, Sweat-Moistened Chest Is Pictured On The Front Cover. In College He Played In Rock Bands And Wrote Plays – When A Friend Showed Up With A Harmonica, Ivers Took It Up And, With Shocking Haste, Became One Of The Best Players In The Whole Of The US. He Signed With Epic Records In 1969 And Released An LP Called Knight Of The Blue Communion. It Stiffed. In The Early 1970s Ivers Moved To Los Angeles And, Like Tom Waits, Took Up Residence At The Tropicana. Unlike Waits, This New Arrival Had A Business Card. It Read: "Peter Ivers: Music For Cash." And Cash He Got. Having Met With Van Dyke Parks And The Legendary Music Mogul Lenny Waronker, Ivers Signed To Warner Bros Records For Around $100,000 And Began Work On This Album. But, Fatally, No One Ever Told Peter That – Though He Was A Fantastically Talented Songwriter – His Nasal, High-Pitched Voice And Deliberately Artsy And Complex Arrangements Were Decidedly Less Appealing. The Album Enjoyed A Front-Page Advert In Billboard In Late July 1974 ("Thank God For Smart, Sexy Music With A Beat!") But Still Dropped Dead The Day It Was Released. However, At Over Three Decades Remove Ivers' Oddball Leanings Sound Entirely Contemporary. Those Same Arrangements That Seemed So Off-Putting In 1974 Feel Rich And Comfortable Now, And The Passing Of Time Has Leant Terminal Love A Delicious Hipster Twang It Couldn't Possibly Have Enjoyed As A New Release. So, Deborah And Holding The Cobra, Like Much Of The Rest Of Ivers' Material, Appear Now Like Curious Mélanges Of Bowie, Art-Pop Overlords Ween And A Priapic Elliott Smith. Sweet Enemy ("How Could It Be Love If It Just Lasts A Minute?") Is A Burst Of Breathy, Hyper-Stimulated Funk, While Alpha Centauri Posits Ivers' Blues Licks Somewhere In Gaudy Deep Space. Elsewhere, Audience Of One Is Wonderfully Doomy And Theatrical Psyche, While On Oo Girl Ivers Sings, "Come On, Let's Dash Ourselves To Pieces, I'll Break Myself Against Your Body," But He's Never Really Free Of A Peculiarly Self-Regarding Chasteness.” Rob Fitzpatrick.... more details
 

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