Monday, May 21, 2012

Jasper Wrath - S/T (1971)

Now here's something quite special: one of those rare, mandatory American progressive rock releases from the golden 70's, and a swell place to begin one's journey into the fascinating, labyrinthine discography of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jeff Cannata, a very talented fellow who would do quite a few interesting things in the AOR world in the late 80's/early 90's...but that's a story for another day!

Jasper Wrath take the (then) commonplace psychedelic proto-progressive remnants of late 60's whimsy into some rather interesting places for good ol' 71: there's more flute here than a jazz act covering Tull, and in conjunction with the hazy America-inspired harmonies and occasional electronic sequenced (?!) rhythms on bong-burning tidbits such as 'Drift Through Our Cloud', you've got yourself a real diamond in the rough!

Fans of progressive folk that sizzles and smokes, early Kraftwerk and bands such as Caravan and Camel, this is a record that comes with my most sincere blessings.

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