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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.
When it comes to this singer/composer, I confess to a large dose of bias that might influence my objectivity about "Parallelograms," or at least render it suspect. You see, Linda and I are dear friends and were high school classmates together in Mill Valley, California. Some reviewers claim that Linda was a Love Child of the 60s, but in high school she embodied all the attributes of the classic "girl next door;" all the boys wanted to date her, and all the girls wanted to be like her. Linda was head cheerleader, an honor student, sang lead in the school musical ("Pajama Game"), and was homecoming queen. By any measurement, she was a sensational 17 year-old girl. Now, years later, she is an even more beautiful woman, still brimming with talent and spiritual insight. It wasn't by accident that "Mojo Music Magazine" picked "Parallelograms" as one of its 67 all time best lost albums. Let's hope Linda favors us with another masterpiece---soon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely music - great alternative to all the noise around us nowadays.Published 7 months ago by FrozenMango
Didn't know it was a re-issue.. still a good album.. fast shipping.Published 9 months ago by DJ K-FLiP
I was told that Linda Perhacs Parallelograms is a classic album from the early 70's in the female singer/songwriter category. This is my chance to play it. I agree! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bryan
What a terrible loss it was that she made only this LP in 1970 and then receded from view. Her writing, delivery and exceptional production values make this an entrancing,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by John Warren
How did this lady not get more recognition? She had a great late 60's album.Published 21 months ago by Darrel Drumm
Bought this album for the sound, the poetry, but mostly for the artist's personal story of creative survival. Inspired by her tenacity.Published 21 months ago by annonymous
heard and read the story on NPR and liked some of the songs but not all. title cut is the best in my opinionPublished on June 13, 2014 by George DeGroot