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A RAISE OF EYEBROWS / AS HE STANDS

Ron Geesin

 

Eclectic Prog

4.82 | 2 ratings

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Dobermensch
5 stars Comical and farcical hi-jinx by a funny wee man from Stevenson near Ayr in Scotland. Ron Geesin is more well known for getting Floyd out of a hole during their construction of their enormously problematic title tune 'Atom Heart Mother' in 1970.

This 'two-for-one' cd release includes 'A Raise of Eyebrows' from '67 and 'As he Stands' from '73. This is like a more eccentric Ivor Cutler with many more dimensions and versatility.

Partly spoken word, partly piano, banjo, acoustic guitar with lots of additional sound effects, and electronics thrown in. Some of the spoken word parts are completely mental and downright peculiar, for example "Trot, trot old lady, how was your body in the bath - or were you just disgusted?" - thats the complete lyrics to 'Another Female!' The whole album is full of such idiosyncrasies.

A real oddity. In fact, one of the oddest cd's I own. Right up there in terms of weirdness with the best 70's 'Residents' albums. A very silly genius who will appeal to fans of the quirkier and more experimental parts of Floyd circa 'Ummagumma'.

There are one or two moments which sound like 'The Body' soundtrack which was recorded with Roger Waters, but this is a far better and more adventurous endeavour. Bewildering and beguiling, this is one strange cd that is right out there on the fringes of lunacy.

Sheer brilliance in a completely unique way. Off the wall in a similar but more articulate manner than Syd Barrett.

If it's something stark staring bonkers you want in listenable form - this is the one for you. A criminally overlooked masterpiece from a very loveable character who clearly didn't give a monkeys about sales.

Dobermensch | 5/5 |

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