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 Ed Askew (5 Albums, 47 Tracks)

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Ed Askew cut one of the best and most obscure LPs in the original ESP-Disk’s vague rock/folk/freak series, issued eponymously and since reissued as Ask The Unicorn, before apparently dropping off the edge of his world. Years later, thanks to detective work by - naturally - Mr Clint Simonson of the De Stijl imprint, it turned out that not only was Askew still breathing but he had actually recorded a follow-up to his ESP disk in 1970 that had lain in the can for decades. Originally released as a limited vinyl edition by Simonson himself, Little Eyes blew even his revered ESP side to ribbons and stands as one of the most magical outsider/freak artefacts to ever escape the prodigious gravity of the decade in which it was birthed. Askew has a highly idiosyncratic vocal style that is equal parts quizzical bubble-gum chewing kind on shrooms and doe-eyed real people Richard Brautigan character. Perhaps the closest comparison would be to Tom Rapp or Judee Sill’s old buddy Tommy Peltier. His instrumental conceptions certainly owe a massive debt to Dylan circa 64/65 - who the fuck didn’t - especially his spine-tingling harmonica work but it’s the beautiful arc of the songs that will keep you coming back, the way he combines rough, fluffed performances with eye-watering lyrical sentiments, heartbreaking phrasing and weird, clunky chords played on a ‘Martin tiple’. If you ever dug the whole late-60s freak-folk fall-out as documented by Pearls Before Swine, Bleib Alien, Tim Buckley, Fugs, Roots Of Madness et al you are gonna crease. Simply put, one of the most beautifully cracked singer-songwriter albums of a timeless age. Only the hardest of hearts could resist it. -All text copyright © David Keenan/Volcanic Tongue

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Blue Piano
01. Piano 1 (00:44)
02. Castle Of Stars (04:09)
03. Here With You (04:14)
04. All I want to Do (03:12)
05. Piano 2 (01:08)
07. Baby Come Home (03:14)
08. Song For R (03:15)
09. My Dream (05:24)
10. Piano 3 (01:36)
11. Safe Harbor (04:33)
12. Safe Harbor (05:28)
14. In America (04:07)
15. When I Arive (03:50)
UPLOADED:11/26/2008
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UPLOADED:01/07/2009
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UPLOADED:11/26/2008
LISTENS:356
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Viridian City
01. Burning Buddhas (04:10)
02. Smoke (04:24)
03. Pebble Beach (03:18)
04. Arabesque (03:25)
05. Paper Cup (07:21)
07. Made In The City (05:24)
09. Black Bird (04:28)
10. Friday Night (05:10)
11. Dancing On Water (05:44)
12. The City (03:36)
13. Buddha Smiles (04:06)
UPLOADED:11/26/2008
LISTENS:1095
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What I Know
03. Ed Talk WNYC (00:40)
04. I Remember You (05:39)
06. Rimbaud (04:23)
07. Big City (03:30)
08. Palomino (04:18)
09. What Crow Saw (04:04)
10. Bella Crane (02:21)
UPLOADED:11/26/2008
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timkl on 03/14/09 at 04:17AM
Wow, this stuff is brilliant.
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