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The Garden

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Infamous """"lost"""" 3rd album that had only been started when their label folded. Rediscovered in 1998 it contains 7 orig tracks plus a load of drum tracks to unfinished songs, + 2 unreleased tracks. A small quantity were sold a few years ago on tour.

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The Silver Apples enjoyed a renaissance in the late '90s, as a new generation grew to appreciate the late '60s groundbreaking experimental duo. Dubs of the band's third album, which had been mysteriously unaccounted for, were found in a cardboard box in drummer Danny Taylor's attic. The remarkable reunion of the original duo of Simeon Coxe (known simply as Simeon on all recordings) and Taylor hadn't been planned. After 27 years apart, they were reunited when a disc jockey at New Jersey's legendary WFMU radio station received a phone call from Taylor for the station's pledge drive. Taylor had been out of the music business for years, and his call put the pieces in place for Simeon , who was known at WFMU, to forge a renewed excitement for the Silver Apples' earliest recordings. Nearly 30 years after the 1968 and 1969 sessions, the recordings were finally released on the band's own Whirlybird Records. The recordings included seven complete songs from 1969 and seven drum instrumentals by Taylor in 1968. Taylor's 1968 drumming demos were blended with Simeon Coxe's 1998 """"Noodle"""" efforts. The 30-year musical bridge makes the recordings even more exhilarating and startling. The duo chose to alternate the full songs that were recorded in 1968 with the """"Noodle"""" tracks, resulting in a haphazardly disjointed album. The classic songs might have been better served had they been presented seamlessly, with the 1968/1998 musical experiments closing out the disc. From the jolly and bright opening track, """"I Don't Care What People Say,"""" it's obvious that the band took the song's title to heart. The Silver Apples' inventiveness was taken to a new level in an era of ever-changing musical norms. The band's version of """"Mustang Sally"""" on track nine proves the duo's earlier passion for rousing rock. The energy resonates throughout. The effort it took to release this disc in 1998 is further proof of the duo's continuing experimental tendencies. The quirkily childlike """"Again"""" and the penultimate track, """"Mad Man Blues,"""" serve as prime examples of how the band was ahead of its time. The Silver Apples refused to accept the standards of the music industry, instead favoring their own hypnotic sound experiments. --All Music Guide

By some mysterious and fantastic stroke of luck Sixtoo and Marco's Bully imprint have landed themselves the exclusive rights for this obscure third album from electronic psych masters The Silver Apples. Not only that but they have also now produced the first ever vinyl version of this seminal LP and have even dug deep enough to include some killer bonus cuts - never before heard. The band's name was inspired by the same poetic source that Morton Subotnick nabbed for his seminal 'Silver Apples Of The Moon' and with druggy mental image in tow you can guess there's a splash of acid fuelled psych thrown generously into the mix. As for the tracks themselves, check 'Tabouli Noodle' for a darkened funk variation on Stereolab, with added edgy drugs - this was made in 1970 folks! The main part of the album is fourteen tracks deep, split evenly between the crazy but dope vocal psych numbers and the heavy drums and synth workouts, it's these workouts that I reckon reflect Sixtoo's key reasoning for wanting this out on Bully and I whole heartedly agree. Remastered and mixed down by Sixtoo himself, this is one of the more welcome reissue/rediscoveries on 2006 and a record that fans of Sixtoo, vocal psych rock and heavy acid funk will cherish. A must. --Boomkat

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bully
  • ASIN: B000I8OMWQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on December 18, 2003
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All fourteen of these tracks have never been released before. Awhile back, original / long lost Silver Apples drummer Danny Taylor was at work when he heard an Apples tune on the radio. Taylor then phoned and faxed SA mastermind Simeon and the two were happily reunited. They apparently went through an old truck full of Taylor's stuff and stumbled across a studio tape that both had completely forgotten about. Maybe not as great as their first two albums, but 'The Garden' is (very) decent. Some of the songs that I thought carried their own are "I Don't Care What People Say","Mad Man Blues" and the cool instrumental "Anasazi Noodle". If you're a fan,you shouldn't be let down. If you're wanting to check out the band for the first time, get their self-titled debut and / or 'Contact'.
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These songs prove that Danny Taylor is one of the best all-time drummers ("Tabuli Noodle" and "Canonball Noodle" are awesome!). But Simeon is a genius as composer and lyricist. "I Don't Care What People Say" and "Mad Man Blues" are absolutely fantastic! Unfortunately they are extremely underrated. It's a pity.
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I was a late comer to this one, the plus side of that was that I still had one more beautiful SA album in store from the "dynamic duo." IMHO, this album features lyrics and drums. If you like listening to drum styles, don't miss this CD because there is nothing else like it anywhere, (God bless Danny's soul). As are other SA albums, this one is absolutly disarming, brave music like this is too scarce in this world. Thank you Simeon and Danny(:
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