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Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co.


Progressive Electronic

4.45 | 4 ratings

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A masterful journey through the possible universes of electronic music.

Box-sets, if not by rule, usually worry less for quality in composition, in favour of recording-dates or availability (or rarity) of the material. So it is kind of normal to approach them as historic "antiques" that no matter what, have to be respected because of that solely. Therefore in that regard they tend to be quiet unfriendly.

Opposite to that, there are flawless compilations, which by luck, fate or accident, are true to the spirit of audiophiles, more than historians. And of course there are also, if scarce, those compilations that achieve both. They are not only pure delight to listen to, but also master degree classes on the subject. This incredible Box-Set belongs to the latter.

There is no single piece in this "MOTHER MALLARD'S PORTABLE MASTERPIECE CO. - (1970-1973)" which could not offspring by itself, the creative electronic language of future projects or musicians, right now in 2014!. Every piece, even if influenced in its time of creation by contemporary musicians, becomes transmuted to the point of offering in return, to those same "influences", future possible material, which by then, they were not even imagining!

David Borden should stand somehow as the "prophet" who was able to carry Robert Moog's vision to reality, for the joy of us prog/electonic and electronic-music followers.

Yes!, This is not an "average" prog/audiophiles wish come true ( no guitars or solos, no weird time signatures nor drums, no front-men preaching (or singing as you call it), etc. etc...) . This Box-Set, therefore could hardly be thought of as "prog/universal" appealing (I mean, in this category the top band, has 1/4 of the ratings of the most mediocre Rush album!). BUT for followers of this sub-genre, it is a "sin" to miss it , and to to those I address!

*****5 complete PA stars, and still missing some!

Thanks to PA reviewer Sean Trane for this recommendaion!

admireArt | 5/5 |


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