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Parallelograms

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Parallelograms by Linda Perhacs

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Chimacum Rain
  2. Paper Mountain Man
  3. Dolphin
  4. Call Of The River
  5. Sandy Toes
  6. Parallelograms
  7. Moons And Cattails
  8. Morning Colors
  9. Porcelain Baked\x96Over Cast\x96Iron Wedding
  10. Delicious
  11. If You Were My Man (Demo)
  12. If You Were My Man (Alternate Take)
  13. Chimacum Rain (Demo)
  14. Spoken Intro To Leonard Rosenman
  15. Chimacum Rain (Demo)
  16. BBC interview 2005
  17. I Would Rather Love (Previously Unreleased)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 17, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: JeTG
  • Run Time: 68 minutes
  • ASIN: B001DU4DBS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,593 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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With her hauntingly beautiful album, "Parallelograms," Linda Perhacs offers each listener a stunning gift: a magical journey into the world of psychedelic folk music as the gods meant it to be. Her lyrics and music mirror a love of nature, along with the personal and most intimate parts of her soul. Listening to her, one is continually struck by the perfection of Linda's voice; you cannot help being emotionally moved. This wonderful CD personifies perfection...with taste, warmth, sensitivity, feeling, perception, and all the womanly virtues.

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.
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