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DAEVID ALLEN, GILLI SMYTH & HARRY WILLIAMSON: ‎STROKING THE TAIL OF THE BIRD

Daevid Allen

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Studio Album, released in 1990

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Stroking The Tail Of The Bird Part 1 (10:01)
2. Stroking The Tail Of The Bird Part 2 (15:50)
3. Moonpeople Gliss (10:25)
4. Deep Sea (12:59)

Total time 49:15

Bonus track on 1999 reissue:
5. Rainbow Meditation (9:57)

Line-up / Musicians

- Daevid Allen / glissando guitar
- Gilli Smyth / vocals
- Harry Williamson / keyboards

Releases information

Tracks 1 to 3 recorded 1987; 4 recorded at Banana Moon Observatory, Deya 1976; 5 recorded 1998

CD AMP Records ‎- AMP CD 011 (1990, UK)
CD Voiceprint ‎- VP207CD (1999, UK) With a bonus track and new cover art with title extended by the mention "...parts 1 & 2"

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DAEVID ALLEN Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth & Harry Williamson: ‎Stroking The Tail Of The Bird ratings distribution


3.73
(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
21%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
29%
Good, but non-essential (14%)
14%
Collectors/fans only (36%)
36%
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Review by Warthur
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4 stars This is an intriguing collection of a number of ambient and New Age experiments made by Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Harry Williamson over the years. In fact, of the three performers it's actually Harry who dominates this time around, with each track built to a large extent around his synthesisers and Daevid and Gilli contributing guitar and ethereal vocals respectively in a sparse, minimalistic manner. At its best, this combination is really quite excellent; the latter sections of Stroking the Tail of the Bird Part 1 remind me in some respects of the similar sonic territories explored by Dead Can Dance. Not an album that was ever going to set the ambient world on fire, but a very credible contribution to the genre nonetheless.

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