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Released in 1968, "Elyse" actually received much critical acclaim, and while not a commercial hit, the record sold fairly well, even prompting an appearance on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show". Two more albums were recorded but never released. Included on this CD reissue are two songs from this era, one of which, "Houses", features Neil Young wielding his distinctively ripping guitar sound.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Orange Twin
  • ASIN: B00005LQPP
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For me, receiving this CD is the culmination of life long memory. When I was 19 I lived in a semi-communal house in Milwaukee (early 70s!). It was a time of great adventures. During that time, I heard this record. Someone there owned it, and I really loved it. So for all these MANY years, I have remembered the song about Sir John Velveteen: the melody, some of the lyrics. But I could never find it. And I've been looking, all these years.

So suddenly, something prompted me to search on Amazon. And there it was. I recognized the cover! Couldn't believe it. And then receiving it, and hearing it again -- seeing how accurate my memory had been -- was so emotional, I can't even express it. And at the beginning, you can actually hear someone setting the needle on the record! Someone cared enough to record this CD directly from the album. My sincere thanks go to whomever that person was. I am so, so happy to have this record again. I love her singing, her guitar playing is phenomenal (now I see that I stole some styles from her in my own playing!). It's the feeling of recovering some lost thing that was very important in your life, that you never stopped missing, and now you have it back. Just wonderful.
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Format: Vinyl
Alas, my original vinyl record collection was lost in a 1998 divorce, and with it so many aural memories of youth and some incredibly rare stuff that I acquired while co-owner of a new and used vinyl shop.

One now-vanished gem that I found in a department store cutout bin (circa 1972) was Elyse Weinberg's self-titled 1969 TETRAGRAMMATON LP (T-117).
I learned back then (and can still see here) that this is a most polarizing work. A first time listener will either quickly embrace this very dark, shaky, Melanie-like vocalist or will wonder what the hell is wrong with the person who is sharing such "garbage."

I happen to love ELYSE. Perhaps I've always been a fan of "sick" humor.

My favorite here by far is "Mortuary Bound." The lyric is repetitive and grinds along but with a bit of uplifting tack piano for balance. As we approach the coda, a male voice interrupts Elyse, telling her that she's not the only one who's headed for the slab. After an exchange of words we go through the last chorus and then most unexpectedly there's a joyous jazz riff that's absolutely unrelated to what came before and yet seems to fit. The band plays, perhaps in celebration of the song's message. Who knows. For certain this bold, relentless track always left me with a smile.

If you'd like to hear "Mortuary Bound," search for it at YouTube (it's there!).
All I ask is that you stick with it to the very last.
Then you can declare me a sick bastid and move on, or thank a fellow traveler.
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Format: Audio CD
First, for the benefit of those clowns who ask where Neil Young is on this album, printed very clearly on the leaflet is written under track 13 "Neil Young on guitar". It's tragic that these idiots have dragged the star-rating of this masterpiece down. As for the quality of it, well, there's not a lot to compare it to, Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Illuminations", but not much else. Women respond differently to psychedelics than how men do, but this ranks right up there alongside "Sgt Peppers" or "Forever Changes" or pretty much anything else. If you can't love it you're dead.
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Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
I like Elyse Weinberg's album, so imagine my disappointment when I listened to the disgraceful mastering here. This release is sourced from noisy vinyl, and Orange Twin Records made no attempt to restore it. More than just pops and clicks, there is substantial surface and turntable noise, long lead-ins with the sound of the stylus hitting the vinyl, clipped signals, and left-right imbalance. As this is from the same source as the CD reissue, that's not even an option. I'd wait until a genuine from the masters release happens, or buy a clean copy of the LP and restore it yourself. Orange Twin Records should be ashamed of themselves!
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Format: Audio CD
This LP fell into my hands in the 60's; a friend listened to 'Deed I Do' over and over for an hour and it saved his relationship; the album, in spite of its pessimism, is a stunner and deserves more rememberance...
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By A Customer on July 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Intriguing at the first listen and an absolutely hypnotic side once heard again, this introduction to Elyse Weinberg should start things happening to the girl on a powerhouse level. Expect the side to score with FM outlets and spread rapidly through the teen top forty marketplace. Haunting vocal and arrangement. Flip: "Simpleminded Harlequin" (2:22) (Peyotyl, BMI - Weinberg)
CB review 17 May 1969:
ELYSE - Elyse Weinberg - Tetragrammaton T-117
Elyse Weinberg delivers a selection of rock ditties, many of which have elements of baroque music. ("Meet Me At The Station" uses a harpsichord effectively.) The artist wrote eight of the 12 tunes and co-wrote 3 others. Singing in ringing tones which soar vibrantly through such melodies as "Band Of Thieves," "Deed I Do" (a current noisemaker for the songstress), "Simpleminded Harlequin," and "Mortuary bound," Miss Weinberg could obtain favorable response to this set.
CHER released an excellent version of "Band Of Thieves":
CHASTITY'S SONG
(Band Of Thieves) 3:03
Atco single 45-6684
CB review 14 June 1969:
Getting funkier than she's sounded in a long time, Cher delivers a powerhouse side that should set her in the programming spotlight with top forty and underground stations (not necessarily in that order). Brutal, forceful blues band backup gives the side dynamite potential. Flip: "I Walk On Guilded Splinters".
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