U Totem Discography of CDs
||Strange Attractors CDs (1995) |
U Totem music CDs Of all of James Grigsby's productions, whether it is with the Motor Totemist Guild or U Totem, Strange Attractors is the work he will be remembered for. This album, weaved on a complex story line jumping back and forth from 1957 to 1985 to 2012, contains some of the best music avant-prog had to offer in 1990s. The lineup for this album is mostly Sanjay Kumar (keyboards), David Kerman (drums), Eric Johnson (bassoon), Emily Hay (flute, singing), Steve Cade (guitar), and Grigsby (guitar, bass, computer, tapes), with a few guests. The music takes the complexity and symphonic side of Canterbury progressive rock and perverts it in a Henry Cow meets Art Zoyd kind of way, blending into it free improv and atonal classical music elements. Although very complex and hard to get into, Strange Attractors remains a rock record (unlike some of Motor Totemist Guild's later works). The playing is stellar, surprises abound, the more avant-gardist pieces ("Daikon Batake") being balanced by high-octane prog rock numbers ("No Mo Ippon"). "Ginger Tea" and "Another Ginger Tea" are two of the most accomplished pieces of progressive rock's most avant-gardist ensembles, turning this album into a classic. ~ François Couture
Personnel: Emily Hay (vocals, flute, piccolo); Curt Wilson, Kaori Kuboniqa (vocals); James Grigsby (spoken vocals, guitar, bass guitar, tapes); Sanjay Kumar (spoken vocals, piano, keyboards); Laurel Harris (spoken vocals); Steve Cade (guitar); Lynn Johnston (zurna, clarinet, saxophone); Eric Johnson (bassoon); Dave Kerman (drums, percussion); Gerard Herrara (hi-hat).
Unknown Contributor Role: Nigel Wilson.
||U Totem CD (1992) |
U Totem discography U Totem, both the band and the eponymous album, is the result of a merger between two avant-garde bands of progressive rock/Rock-In-Opposition allegiance: the David Kerman-led 5uu's and the James Grigsby-led Motor Totemist Guild. U Totem is a two-headed beast, a wonderful beast that is. But the integration of the two creative forces wasn't complete and one can feel important style shifts between the Grigsby-penned tunes and ...
U Totem Songs
Popular or famous U Totem music songs: Judas Goat, Agent White Fox, Karucha Shokku, January Sky, Tipps' 911, Another June Sky, Ginger Tea. More music songs Yellow Umbrella Gallery, Both Your Houses, Vagabonds Home, One Nail Draws Another, Purple Smoke, Postcard, No Mo Ippon, Daikon Batake. More music songs Another Ginger Tea, Redski, Two Looks at One End, Redskin, Chen's Gate. See All Songs
U Totem CD discography Key Personnel
|Member Name||Worked With|
|Eric Johnson||Archers Of Loaf, Black Sun Ensemble, Fruit Bats, Jennifer Warnes, Mariah Carey, Christopher Cross, Electromagnets, John Mclaughlin, Cat Stevens|
|Dave Kerman||5uu's, Ahvak, Blast, Bob Drake, Flower Pot Men, Fred Frith, Thinking Plague, Hail|
|Emily Hay||Go: Organic Orchestra, Adam Rudolph, Joe Ewart, Lateef, Mitchell, Rudolph, 5uu's, Brad Dutz, Motor Totemist Guild|
|Curt Wilson||Boxwine Prophets, Earl Guthrie, 5uu's, Motor Totemist Guild|
|Sanjay Kumar||1 Giant Leap, 5uu's, Dave Kerman, Verne Langdon|
|Lynn Johnston||Chuck Dukowski, Chuck Dukowski Sextet, Create, I Heart Lung, Liz Janes, Adam Lane, Liz Janes & Create, Chris Schlarb, 5uu's|
|Kaoru||Alex Cline, Dir En Grey, Cloud Plate, Wasis Diop, Brad Dutz, G.E. Stinson|
|Rod Poole||Lynn Johnston, Solid Eye|
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