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While My Guitar Violently Bleeds

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While My Guitar Violently Bleeds is a good album title, but it's not exactly appropriate for Sir Richard Bishop's music. Bishop is no Keiji Haino-style guitar terrorist, nor even a particular fan of feedback and odd harmonics in the manner of Sonic Youth. It's difficult to discuss Bishop's solo instrumental albums without immediately invoking the names of John Fahey and Robbie Basho; on this set of three extended pieces, comparisons can also be made to 1960s-vintage practitioners of early forms of world fusion, such as Peter Walker's 1966 gem Rainy Day Raga (most especially on the increasingly frenetic opener, "Zurvan") and Hamza El Din's "The Water Wheel," a 1968 solo performance on the oud that was an early mainstay of the Nonesuch Explorer series. The placid, hypnotic 25-minute epic "Mahavidya" is one of Bishop's finest extended pieces, building slowly into a cyclical web of drones and flat-picked tunes that borrow from a globe's worth of folk forms. In between the two acoustic songs, the 11-minute electric workout "Smashana" maintains the explorative, folk-rooted feel in a noisier context, without devolving into the usual feedback buzz. A welcome example of Bishop's instrumental skills in a more expansive style than usual, While My Guitar Violently Bleeds is among the celebrated guitarist's finest releases, and a highly recommended first stop for fans of the old guard of experimental folk guitarists who wish to branch out from their Sandy Bull albums. ~ Stewart Mason, Rovi

1. Zurvan - Sir Richard Bishop
2. Smashana - Sir Richard Bishop
3. Mahavidya - Sir Richard Bishop

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Locust
  • ASIN: B000PSJCN8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,924 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Reynolds on July 10, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Not for the faint hearted. Sometimes the music attacks you, sometimes it lulls you into a trance. My wife hates it. She likes singer songwriters. This stuff is 'out there', dude. And is definitely an acquired taste. But how often nowadays do you really go 'What the hell is this? This is amazing,...I think...'
It is definitely amazing. Like a dive into the ice cold ocean. Wow. But after a while you go, 'I'm getting cold now.'
After a while with Bishop you go, 'I don't know if I can take any more.'
Try it.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Richard Bishop is awesome, Yeah... I think that's the word, AWESOME!

... and quite talented as well.
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