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Parellelograms


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  • Vinyl (August 29, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mexican Summer
  • ASIN: B005BY92RW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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 and Cattails
9. Morning Colors
10. Porcelain Baked-Over Cast-Iron Wedding
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. If You Were My Man [Demo]
2. If You Were My Man [Alternate Take] - (alternate take)
3. Hey, Who Really Cares? (With Intro)
4. Chimacum Rain [Demo]
5. Spoken Intro To Leonard Rosenman
6. Chimacum Rain [Demo With Sounds]
7. I Would Rather Love [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)

Editorial Reviews

Mexican Summer is beyond psyched to present a hefty, heavy gatefold edition of Linda Perhacs's lone album, Parallelograms. On the strength of this single album, recorded in 1970, Linda Perhacs remains a towering figure in the world of psychedelia, folk, female singer-songwriters, and acid-visionaries alike. Lauded by artists as diverse as Daft Punk, Devendra Banhart, Animal Collective, and Swedish metal band Opeth, in the 21st century, her album remains a testament to her singularity of vision.

Customer Reviews

If you like the above mentioned artists,buy this album-you wont be disappointed.
Mic M. "Ears that HEAR!"
Her lyrics and music mirror a love of nature, along with the personal and most intimate parts of her soul.
T. R. Yarborough
This is one of those albums that I instantly knew I was going to love, just by looking at the cover.
Gray

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By Elliot Knapp on 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 By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden on 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 By Gray on February 15, 2006
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. R. P. Wigman on 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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