"Pop Songs for Ugly People" is the new album by Bizarre Noir Mixed and produced by Scott Radway (former member of Tub Ring, Polkadot Cadaver, & El-creepo) and featuring an ensemble of horns performed by Mark Ortwein of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. 12 New original songs take the listener on a journey into a dark carnival preformed & written by BizarreNoir.
This is an impressive crew of studio/session musicians, embarking on what could have been the umpteenth boring exploitation album. Luckily, it turns out to be surprisingly good. Side one of this all-instrumental LP is made up of covers of songs like "Scarboro' Fair", "My Babe" and Stephen Stills' "Hung Upside Down", while side two comprises Parker originals. Strangely enough, side one is actually better, pairing imaginative arranging with expert playing. Not as good or disturbing as the similarly-inclined Blue Phantom on the same label, this is nonetheless listenable, though nothing very special. Alan Parker was also involved in Blue Mink and Hungry Wolf and made a solo album in 1970 too.
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
One thing is quite certain: ou can love this album to death or loathe it with every fiber of your being, but you can’t really ignore it. From the gorgeusly disturbing gatefold sleeve, displaying a masterpiece of Gothic artwork by Swiss cult artist R.H. Giger (of “Alien” fame), down to the unabashed self-indulgence of its musical content, “Brain Salad Surgery” is a compendium of everything progressive rock is all about, the good, the bad and the ugly. It is loud, metallic, and harsh, undeniably bombastic, though it can also be melodic and soothing – a true rollercoaster ride of an album, swinging from the beautiful, English choirboy vocals of “Jerusalem” (with wonderful lyrics courtesy of one Mr William Blake) to the all-out progressive orgy that is “Karn Evil 9”.
New generation guitar duo by Kochi Prefecture-born classical guitarist “Yasuto Uko & Shunsuke Yamashita”. Now his debut, even while keeping our focus on the classic base, business card instead worthy familiar classic music of “one unmanned” that will show with a broad music, from the movie “Cinema Paradiso” 3 songs, songs from the drama that participated in the soundtrack “unfair”, “in love with the pupil of the ugly”, and even the music selection that flew to the original song three songs and a variety of. Producer and the recording engineer, hired Ezaki TomoYoshi of Okuda via record representative that has won many awards applied to the recording production in the inside and outside.
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
Although admittedly a posthumous release, I was very surprised at the rather dismissive tenor of many of the reviews of this album to date. Hopefully this record will be reappraised soon as being a release worthy of anyone's consideration as I feel it does enhance an already rich legacy left behind by this very fine and innovative band. (So what if Charisma wanted to ride the slipstream of the lucrative ELP juggernaut?)
Essential: A masterpiece of psych-rock music collection.
Vanilla Fudge are a pioneering psychedelic band with a superb lineup and are famous for psyching up well known cover versions. Their debut albums features some of their best and most popular material such as the stunning' You Keep Me Hanging On', 'Eleanor Rigby' and 'She's Not There'.