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  • Audio CD (March 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Drunken Fish Records
  • ASIN: B000001QED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. On A Side Street
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5. No Time To Waste
6. Abscence
7. Vent
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I won't even try to match Greymouser's cryptic, yet, colourful review of "Bufo Alvarius" (see below!). However, as a collector of psychedelic music, I will say that very few bands are able to create the sonic sound sculptures that Bardo Pond aim for and successfully produce. Reaching somewhere near Venus, these guys (and one chick!), are able to make space with their instruments. Yes, the lyrics are mostly inaudible, but Isobel's voice is just one more tool used to create the final piece. Fine Art never sounded so good! For the un-initiated, the Pond are dense, thick slabs of swirling, regurgitated fuzz and distortion rolled up with a fat, chunky rhythm section and a faintly heard vocalist. Surprisingly enough, there is a melody underneath it all, however, the layers are so thick your brain can barely register it all. Think My Bloody Valentine/Sonic Youth/ and throw in some super underground 60's psych (i.e The 13th Floor Elevators) and you are getting somewhere near their toxic brew. Superb stuff and highly addictive once tried!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "greymouser" on June 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The intuitive shamans of mellifluous chaos and incorporeal turbulent travelogues open the gates and the Cosmos becomes a wonderful mess. Like doing peyote under an electric storm while a saguaro cactus performs acupuncture on the battered remains of your medulla oblongata, after the merciless, ultra-distorted geetar excursions of the Gibbon brothers move on over your unsuspecting perceptive system like a friendly hurricane across the Bermuda Triangle. Meanwhile, a pack of wild chihuahuas stomps all over your ego at the arrhythmic and ponderous pace set somnambulisticly by Joe Culver, as Isobel Sollenberger mumbles cryptic incantations in what English would sound like if frozen at absolute zero and placed under the Iguazú cataracts for safekeeping. And it's all washed in a golden halo of fuzz. An electrocuted nirvana.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kabalabonga on March 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
My first impression of the opening guitar notes from "Adhesive", the first track from "Bufo Alvarius" and the first I'd ever heard from Bardo Pond , was that they were searing and yet heavily narcotic all at once; massive, liquid, slowly puddling; heavier and yet with a more expansive tone than a riff with that sort of resonance should have been capable of producing, something akin, finally, to heavy particulates being levitated in a rhythmic interval and stretched out infinitely within a gigantic whirling funnel.

It seems impossible to discuss Bardo Pond's music without resorting to language that references mind-altering experiences. Few bands that play guitar-driven psychedelic rock produce music that is truly lysergic in nature; there aren't any questions on that front here. I was hooked from that opening series of notes and brought home "Bufo Alvarius" in November of 1995. There is something truly primeval about the way Isobel Sollenberger's flute sussurates across the roar of the distortion produced by the guitars of the brothers Gibbons, here on this release (and most of those to follow), and the timeless, sustained, saturating, heavily modulated licks that ooze like sand through an hourglass during the 29 + minute-long "Amen" (a motif which will surface again within a faster tempo on "Ganges", the final track from "Dilate", a later release); it is music that is made by people who take drugs to make music to take drugs to, only it has the same effect on people who listen to it without having indulged in any substance at all.

And so "Bufo Alvarius" is my favorite from the whole sick crew here, if only because I heard it first.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nuno Leal Da Silva on September 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you ever listen to this record, prepare yourself to dive into a big sonic tunnel where light is always some more miles ahead. Guitars over guitars, almost sludge noise that oils our thoughts. Imagine Galaxy 500 on highly psychedelic drugs. Verrry good indeed!
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful By PoogThrasher on April 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It must be nice to have friends that will say anything, loquacious or not, to make a sonic school-project sound more important than it is... Actually, why am I even wasting my time with th......
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