One other bogus jumbling of pop and jazz, realizing the worst of each.

A not undistinguished studio gathering plod shamelessly by means of colourless charts filled with snippy Alpertian brass figures, elephantine instrumentation (piano, three guitars, sitar, Fender-bass), and confused a number of solos, dragging behind all a rhythm part with about as a lot creativeness and selection as Chinese language water torturists. A tragic spectacle. The items thus mercilessly mutilated have been deservedly profitable originals by the Byrds, the Doorways, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan. Notably galling was the starched-collar refrain crooning disinfected Dylan on Wet. Charles Lloyd’s Forest Flower was monsooned by fanfares heralding nothing, and ensemble soup.

A few satisfactory Szabo solos save the gig from complete catastrophe, although he sounds understandably swamped at occasions; Scott’s petulant tenor by no means rises from the Tartarean depths. Bob Thiele, an A&R man with impresario presumptions, had the ‘chutzpah’ to present himself prime billing (plus sleeve picture) whereas supplying the ill-conceived date with nothing greater than its gimmicky scheme. No actual synthesis of musical types might be effected in such an ignobly unconscientious scenario the place, to start with, hasty capitalization of moneymaking hits takes no account of their inherent unsuitability to adaptation. Hothouse flowers like Wet and Hearth, principally blues overlaid with refined private touches, transplant badly, notably into an instrumental setting. Hardier shoots from the Beatles, the Cream, Lovin’ Spoonful, Paul Simon, and others would possibly fare higher, with first rate preparations.
Fred Bouchard

(a) Forest Flower; (b) Wet Day Lady No. 12 & 35; (b) Krishna (18 min) – (a) Mild My Hearth; (b) Fakin’ It; (b) Eight Miles Excessive; (b) Subtle Wheels (18 min)
(a) Gabor Szabo, Dennis Budimer, Louis Morell (gtr); Invoice Plummer (sitar); Bud Shank, Buddy Collette, Bob Hardaway, Tom Scott (reeds); Lew McCreary, Mike Barone (tbn); Oliver Mitchell, Ray Triscari, Jimmy Zito (tpt); Lincoln Mayorge (pno/bs); Max Bennett (Fender-bs); Howard Johnson (tuba); Jimmy Gordon (dm); Gary Coleman (perc). 11/8/67.
(b) Gabor Szabo, Dennis Budimer, Louis Morell (gtr); Invoice Plummer (sitar); Dick Leith, Lew McCreary (tbn); Oliver Mitchell, Gary Barone, Bud Brisbois (tpt); Tom Scott (ten); Mike Melvoin (pno/org/hps); Carol Kaye (Fender-bs); John Guerin (dm); Emile Richards (perc). 14/9/67. Vocal group on ‘Wet Day’: California Dreamers. Preparations: Sid Feller.
(Impulse IMLP / SIPL 511 37s 8d)

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