They called it The Paisley Underground. A 1980s, Southern California sound that mixed pure-pop sensibilities with psychedelic overtones, the term was coined by Michael Quercio, leader of one of that scene s biggest bands, The Three O Clock. The Three O Clock eventually signed to I.R.S. Records and even made an LP for Prince s Paisley Park imprint, but it is their early material that is not only adored, but which has never been properly compiled and re-introduced. Until now. The Hidden World Revealed is a 20-track collection from the years 1981-1986. In addition to hits from their tenure on Frontier Records like Jet Fighter and With A Cantaloupe Girlfriend, the CD features rare singles, demos and alternate takes/mixes. It helps tell the story of where the band started (as The Salvation Army) and what they would achieve recording for major labels and opening for bands like R.E.M. on national tours. It s quite a trip.
First released in 1992 under the general title "Tangazo!" (after Piazzola's piece), this exceptional recital was the first in what promised to be a series of Argo recordings featuring Michael Tilson Thomas and his own New World Symphony. That project fizzled out when Argo did, as did this talented orchestra's subsequent deal with RCA. Still, collectors can take heart that these fantastic performances, including reference editions of the Chávez Sinfonia India, the Ginastera Estancia Suite, Revueltas' Sensamayá, and the Piazzola, are now available at budget price. The sonics were superb in 1992 and still are. Ten Twinkies and a Devil Dog chaser to all concerned. [7/17/2001]