Sunday, December 6, 2009

Acid Mothers Sunday Vol 20: Blues for the Narcotic Kangaroo

This one is one of my all time favorite Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO tracks. "Blues for the Narcotic Kangaroo" is a 20+ plus minute jam that is one of the most unique songs in the AMT cannon. This one was only released on the tour vinyl that AMT were selling on their 2007 Crystal Rainbow Pyramid tour. Released by Important Records on splattered vinyl in an edition of 1000. The regular CD of Crystal Rainbow Pyramid Under the Stars is one of my fave AMT releases and it is a slight shame that "Blues For the Narcotic Kangaroo" is not on the CD, but hell, the vinyl looks and sounds fantastic.

In addition to the "regular" AMT members, this song includes Kitagawa Hao on vocals and Ono Ryoko on saxophone. Ono Ryoko also plays with Sax Ruins and she plays in O-jazz with Tsuyama.

I just can't stress enough how much I love Ono's playing with AMT, it is a match made in heaven. She has the power and control to make some fantastic noise and washes of free squawk. But... as the blues of the title refers, this one features some rather trad playing, big Clarence Clemons storm clouds of emotional wow. Things get weirder and weirder with Ono and Kawabata way out front on this recording and the interplay between his guitar and her sax is just incredible. Things get super chaotic and the only thing holding on is a one note "Interstellar Overdrive" style plink while everything else swirls and pans from left to right at a dizzying pace. Things get more "Speed Guru" as the song goes on, faster and extreme, Ono keeping up most of the time. Unreal. I wish they would tour the USA with her, would love to hear her playing on a whole AMT set, especially "Pink Lady Lemonade." Oh man! Anyways, check it out and enjoy. It seems the LP is still available, so pick it up if you can.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO - Blues For the Narcotic Kangaroo vinyl rip @ 320

(photo is from AMT 2007 at the Unitarian Church Philadelphia, their only tour with vocalist Kitagawa Hao)

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