||Far Out CD (1971) |
Far Out CD discography Far Out, an early incarnation of the Far East Family Band, only released this one self-titled record in 1971. The group sounds very similar to Far East, with the strong Pink Floyd influences, though Far Out has less of the German cosmic sound and more Japanese folk influences. The album contains just two side-long tracks that contain many smaller sections, from long slow Asian exotic instrumentals with guitar and percussion to relaxed Floyd-like vocal sections similar to Far East. There is some intense guitar soloing, and gongs and howling wind drones are even thrown in at a point or two. It all flows together quite nicely, and the blend of the progressive, psychedelic, and Japanese elements creates an interesting mesh that pushes this far beyond being some imitation Floyd. ~ Rolf Semprebon
Reissue of the debut album from the Japanese space progressive band who later became the Far East Family Band. 2 tracks. Limited to 1000 and comes in ...
||Parklife CD (1994)
Far Out albums After many decades of rock, there's an equation that still holds true--there are only twelve major chords to choose from. And if you listened to the British rock press, you'd think that they invented them.
Wedged in between retro and revisionist sits Blur. Wearing the hat of a Ray Davies-type sociologist, Blur's Damon Albarn weaves tales of modern London laced with the suspicion that, indeed, the empire HAS ended. Albarn's fascination with urban decay was apparent on MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH, but with the followup PARKLIFE, Blur embraces the modern.
During the instrumentals, PARKLIFE plays like a surreal game show. Layering the aesthetic of the 1980s film BRAZIL with the Kinks' DAVID WATTS, Blur is quite possibly the new British hope. While Blur emerged from the same fertile, neo-glam soil as Suede (Albarn's girlfriend, Justine of Elastica, used to be Suede's rhythm guitarist), Blur is the king among the new British glams.
The disco rhythms and keyboards in "Girls & Boys" highlight Albarn's cutesy look at romance in the 1990s. A climate where everyone is "looking for girls who want boys who like/Boys to be girls who do/Boys like their girls who do/Girls like their boys." Laments Albarn, "Oh I should be someone you really love." If it's solid pop songs with a bite you're craving, you'll love PARKLIFE.
Recorded at Maison Rouge & Rak Studios, London, England from November 1993-January 1994.
Producers: Stephen Street, Stephen Hague, John Smith, Blur.
Personnel: Graham Coxon (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, clarinet, saxophone, percussion, background vocals); Alex James (vocals, guitar); Damon Albarn (vocals, strings, melodica, recorder, harpsichord, synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, vibraphone, programming, background vocals); Laetitia Sadier (vocals); Rick Koster, Louise Fuller, Mark Pharoah (violin); John Metcalfe (viola); Ivan McCready (cello); Chris Pitsillides, Christopher Tombling, Leo Payne, Audrey Riley (strings); Simon Clarke (flute, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Tim Sanders (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Phil Daniels (trombone, horns); Richard Edwards, Roddy Lorimer (trombone); Stephen Hague (piano); Stephen Street (keyboards, programming, sound effects); Far Out (bass guitar); Dave Rowntree (drums, percussion, programming).
Recording information: Mason Rouge, Fulham, London, England (11/1993-01/1994); Rak Studios, St. John's Wood, London, England ...