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Hoboken Saturday Night

Insect TrustAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00069I728
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Be a Hobo
2. Hoboken Saturday Night
3. The Eyes of a New York Woman
4. Ragtime Millionaire
5. Somedays
6. Our Sister the Sun
7. Reciprocity
8. Trip on Me
9. Now Then Sweet Man
10. Reincarnations
11. Glade Song
12. Ducks

Editorial Reviews

How could a combo named the Insect Trust be anything other than eclectic? Hoboken Saturday Night (1970) was the second of two platters from an interesting aggregate whose core consisted of multi-instrumentalists Luke Faust (harmonica, banjo, electric piano, fiddle), Trevor Koehler (baritone sax, soprano sax, piccolo, sewer drum, flute), Robert Palmer (alto sax, clarinet, recorder) [note: Palmer should not be confused with the British vocalist; however, this is the music journalist], Nancy Jeffries (vocals), and Bill Barth (lead guitar, steel guitar). The rhythm section was fleshed out by a sizable and equally diverse coterie of session musicians such as jazz legend Elvin Jones (drums), Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums), Charles "Buddy" Nealy (drums), Donald MacDonald (drums), William Folwell (bass, trumpet), Bob Bushnell (bass), Ralph Casale (rhythm guitar), and Hugh McCracken (rhythm guitar). Collectively, they touched upon facets of the singer/songwriter, psychedelic, and folk-rock subgenres, while somehow eluding them all. The opening short and slightly demented "Be a Hobo" is a precursor to the non-traditional nature of the proceedings. Although undoubtedly a tongue-in-cheek nod to the local New Jersey social scene via the band's hazy perspective, "Hoboken Saturday Night" is a straight-ahead rocker that sums up the carefree funky mood in the line "We might as well get down as long as we're down here." The rural vibe of "Ragtime Millionaire" recalls Jefferson Airplane's "The Farm," with Jeffries' personable vocals undeniably reminiscent of Grace Slick. Koehler's "Somedays" provides a frenetic and pulsating disparity with a raw sound and horn arrangement that comes off like a cross between early Captain Beefheart, Love, and the Tijuana Brass. Trippier is the lengthy noir waltz "Our Sister the Sun," highlighted by Jeffries' ethereal voice, creating a vaporous blend with Palmer's airy woodwind. Another side of the Insect Trust surfaces on the closer, "Ducks," as the upbeat R&B groover could easily be mistaken for a long lost Bar-Kays cut. After several decades in eminent demand among enthusiasts, Hoboken Saturday Night was reissued on CD in 2004 by Collectors' Choice Music. The reissue features an informative liner essay by Robert Christgau. ~ Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real lost classic April 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This was one of those A list records from the Dean that you only heard about, but never heard. You can throw out all the genre bending comparisons you want, but this one has to be heard to be believed. It's nearest cousin might be Have Moicy, but that doesn't do justice to the remarkable rhythm section(s). Not for those looking for the more child-like or naive aspects of the psychedelic era, this is a full blown mature work that sounds as professional (in the best sense) as anything from that era. Great musicians and great tunes with a touch of the openness and disregard for boundaries that made everything seem possible and wonderful from those times. Of course, it failed miserably with the public. The great fall of the 70s was just around the corner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome May 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
After I pined away for 35 years, somebody finally put them on CD. It's like I just heard it yesterday - I still remembered the haunting "Eyes" and most of the rest.

Believe me, it captures everything the era was about. And, it does an old man's heart good to have a good-sized piece of his youth back.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Insect TrustHoboken Saturday Night good album March 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
What was the counterculture, anyway - America's last hopeful moment, or just a bunch of stoners making tragic fashion choices? This 1970 album from a band of East Coast VIP freaks (including the late, great music critic Robert Palmer on reeds) suggests that it was nothin' but a party good enough to blow your mind. Country blues, ragtime, avant-jazz, New Orleans gumbo, psychedelia and straight-ahead pop all get play here; one song features lyrics by novelist Thomas Pynchon, while another was co-authored by a 6-year-old. In this reissue's liner notes, Blender contributor Robert Christgau calls the Insect Trust "pluralistic tolerance in action, at once traditionalist, futuristic and entranced with the here and now." In other words, it's what democracy sounds like.
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4.0 out of 5 stars terrific accessible art May 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is an album that deserves more attention. Great to have it available on CD after hearing about the record a year and a half ago. This is good-timey music that should really get a larger audience. Highlights include: Now Then Sweet Man/Mr. Garfield, The eyes of a New York Woman and the happy, groovy closer Ducks. Musically, it ranges from Bluegrass(now then sweet man) to pop (reciprocity) to jazz rock (ducks). All in all, nice cozy music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lost classic September 13, 2009
By rcb
Format:Audio CD
It took me many years to hunt this one down, and it did not disappoint. This was the best record of 1969. Even Christigau liked it. Nowadays, you can snag a copy for a few dollars. Enjoy!
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