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Parallelograms [Import]

Linda PerhacsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wild Places
  • ASIN: B0001XTIUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chimacum Rain
2. Paper Mountain Man
3. Dolphin
4. Call Of The River
5. Sandy Toes
6. Parallelograms
7. Hey, Who Really Cares?
8. Moons & Cattails
9. Morning Colors
10. Porcelain Baked Cast Iron Wedding
11. Delicious
12. If You Were My Man (Demo Version)
13. If You Were My Man (Studio)
14. Hey, Who Really Cares (With Intro)
15. Chimacum Rain (Demo Version)
16. Spoken Intro To Leonard Rosenman
17. Chimacum Rain (Demo With Sounds)

Editorial Reviews

Originally issued in 1970.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite! April 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Here's a superb long-lost gem from the end of the 1960s, a perfect example of the more thoughtful & optimistic sensibilities of that time. Linda Perhacs' voice is haunting, playful, yearning, sensual, or soaring, just as each song demands. There's intelligence & a certain otherworldliness in her songs, along with an occasional streak of whimsy & mischief. An album just made for solitary listening, it will take you to a sunnier place (with patches of cool, mysterious shade) ... and isn't that what we all need at times? "Chimacum Rain" & "Hey Who Really Cares?" are standout tracks, along with the wonderfully spacey title track, which just shimmers with eerie beauty. Highly recommended!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really special record November 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Parallelograms, Linda Perhacs' one and only album is well worth the price of admission. It's great if mutual interest allows you to get into Perhacs, but other than that, pay no attention to the Joni Mitchell comparisons. This album grooves on something really separate from Joni--there's something spacey, ethereal about Perhacs' delicate vocals, the music's subtle, trippy arrangements, and the way she deals with the subjects of her songs. My personal favorite highlights are Chimacum Rain (check out the overdubbed vocals . . . this track really sets the tone for the album as reflective, and tinged with psychedelia), Paper Mountain Man (real groovy character sketch), the almost modal chant of Parallelograms, and the immediately accessible Hey, Who Really Cares? Throughout, the music matches the lyrics--Call of the River verges on tone poem, and on the rest, acoustic guitar flourishes illustrate moods and Perhacs' idiosyncratic observations. The bonus tracks (as bonus tracks usually are), are not essential, although they do add to the singer's mystique, encompassing ALL of her recordings, EVER. I recommend this album to fans of acoustic singer/songwriter fans, and especially those who like when performers bend the genre and get a little weird--Parallelograms certainly isn't content to rehash what's already been done. It looks like the CD issue is getting scarcer--I'd urge prospective buyers to pick up a copy before it's prohibitively expensive--I think you'll find it's worth your money.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something special November 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is a breath of fresh air away from the current crop of talentless people in the charts and headlines. An intoxicating set of songs, beautifully sung and created with real attention to detail which we haven't heard since Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark or perhaps Judee Sill's Heart Food. Sometimes one gets the sense that certain substances had been consumed - particularly on listening to the opening Chimacum Rain, Linda intones 'I'm spacing out...' - but it's really on the title track Parallelograms where we hear something wonderfully otherworldly. But the entire album is a multi-faceted gem, well worth anyone's attention. Beautiful.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It kinda gets inside you ... June 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It's surprising how many mediocre artists sell so many records, and how really interesting artists disappear into obscurity. Linda Perhacs is no exception. Blessed with a beautiful clear voice, a batch of lovely songs and a mind willing to experiment, she has produced a stunning work which has long been lost to the world but thankfully been brought to light again.

The album has a flying start with "Chimacum rain" which sets the tone for the rest: layers of stunning vocals and a sympathetic & effective backing. "Paper mountain man" is less unique but still very good, and reminds the listener of Heart. Songs like "Dolphin", "Call of the River" and "Morning colors" especially remind me of Tim Buckley's great Happy/Sad & Blue afternoon period. Least succesful in this great set of songs is "Moons and cattails", which sounds too contrived & less 'spontaneous' if you will. The title song "Parallellograms" has surprising lyrics (a lot of mathematical words) and a daring experimental break, which also hints at Tim Buckley's work - the unique and superb "Starsailor".
For me, winner in this fine collection is "Hey, who really cares": nothing strange or daring there, but very gentle, melancholic & simply beautiful.

In all this album is head above many works sold by the millions and it deserves a far greater audience. Happily, it seems that Linda Perhacs has decided to enter the world of music again and will produce a new album (only her second since the end of the sixties) by the end of this year. Hopefully this new album (if it is as good as the first one) will cause a more deserving response.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Gray
Format:Audio CD
Man did I miss the boat... what was in the water between 1965 and 1975?! This is one of those albums that I instantly knew I was going to love, just by looking at the cover. I just knew... ok this girl is cool lol!

The opener "Chimacum Rain" is just one of those songs that stays with you for days after listening to it. The meandering vocal melody over a soft, pensive guitar arrangement has such a simple power to it. Multi-tracking the voice makes this song wash over the listener the way a soft drizzle of rain would. MAGIC! The rest of the album is just as wonderful. Each song is distinct, and manages to retain its own personality while remaining part of a whole. Linda's voice is one of the best I've heard on any folk recording. She has the playful, bouncy phrasing of early Joni, with a soaring tonal beauty that at times is reminiscent of Joan Baez. Linda Perhacs has this unique ability to sound optimistic yet never naive, haunting while never depressing. She is the kind of girl that I could fall in love with 1,000 times over!

As I was reading through the CD jacket I noticed that special thanks were given to both Mikael Akerfeldt and Peter Lindgren from Opeth, as well as Steven Wilson from Porcupine Tree who has produced three Opeth albums. I was really happy to see that because I'm a huge Opeth fan (have been for many years now), and it's nice to know that they were involved in the reissuing of this amazing album. Anyway, I highly recommend Parallelograms to anyone who has stumbled across this page, or anyone curious about Linda Perhacs. It is a truly wonderful album, and more people need to know about it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful sounds
I really love this artist and her style. Her story is intriguing and her journey is equally interesting. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Todd R. Hargis
4.0 out of 5 stars trippy folk rock: reminder of the time when the world seemed brand new
Or so we thought. Life got complicated since then, but Perhac's vocals equal or better the rise and fall of those of Grace Slick, Joni Mitchell, and It's a Beautiful Day.
Published 9 days ago by William W. Toole
4.0 out of 5 stars You should buy this album
The songs have their share of "authentic" late '60s pop sensibilities, which undeniably date this album. But they are few and far between. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Luke McQueen
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless and outstanding
timeless and outstanding, even after more than 40 years, nothing more to say nothing more to say
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Published 4 months ago by Thomas Zoller
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure of an album
This album is a great gem and should be more widely known than it is. "Delicious", in my book is one of the greatest, sexiest love songs ever written. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C. Rouse
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This obscure album by Linda Perhacs is unique. Parallelograms is clean, unaffected folk played guitar, with tasteful instrumental backing. Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Lost Gem
I don't know what got me to look to see if Linda Perhacs had ever been re-issued ... but I was shocked to see it. Read more
Published on July 10, 2011 by Gregory John Scherzinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Record
I just found a VG Sleeve, NM Record, original on Kapp of this at my local Record Shop. Great record. Read more
Published on April 3, 2011 by Mark Frederick
3.0 out of 5 stars Unobtainable Beauty
My copy of this was one of the limited edition collectors series and sadly the only thing I can play it on is the computer. My Philips system refuses to recognise the disc. Read more
Published on February 28, 2011 by GB
4.0 out of 5 stars Take me back to the Creative 60's
What a great one shot at a musical career for Linda Perhacs. The songs are very deep in thought and the music is smooth. Read more
Published on February 12, 2011 by R. Cureton
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