Part I - David Axelrod - Earth Rot
Label: Capitol Records - SKAO-456 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock
Contemporary music with ancient yet timely words set to the theme of ecology. Lyrics adapted by Michael T. Tags done with Foobar and Tag and Rename.
Earth, like a drunk man, is Trembling, reeling. They lend themselves well to the chanted enunciation provided for them.
Cymbalism - Soft Machine - Breda Reactor on the whole, this album — which at a running time of a mere 28 minutes would likely be considered an EP today — comes across with a lot less urgency than the subject matter suggests. There were Part I - David Axelrod - Earth Rot on the angelic William Blake albums that had frenetic blasts of angst-y, mind-melting doom, and strangely there is none of that here, with things staying almost uniformly downbeat and mellow.
But even Earl sounds like he is just calmly reading his charts and wondering when he can light his next cigarette during a pause. In which case my above characterizations may be a bit unfair, as it sounds a bit like I am not giving this record my full recommendation.
For the newcomer to Axelrod, I would recommend spending some time with his first two albums, which are a bit more compelling. Unfortunately neither of them are featured on this blog. But if you enjoy Earth Rot — and there is lots to enjoy here — then you will love those other records when you hear them, so I will rationalize my presenting this album first Part I - David Axelrod - Earth Rot clearing the path of any potential disappointments for you.
One can always hope, anyway. The time-scale of the impending ecological catastrophe has always been one of the only parts of it subject to much scientific debate. The earth may normally operate at a geological pace of tens of thousands of years, but it feels like stupid men have strapped that close to a fusion cell battery and wound it up coil-tight, anxious to accelerate that Doomsday Clock. The execs at Capitol Records, for example, were predicting in that they might not have anyone left to sell records to within their lifetime see the accompanying inner sleeve below.
Click to expand. The striking image above, of a gas-masked guy wearing some huge-ass headphones which are fashionable again, whaddya Part I - David Axelrod - Earth Rot may have been one of the more oblique ad campaigns of the music business.
I seemed to recall seeing it before. This ends the blog post on Earth Rot on a bit of a digression. Quality over quantity. Many thanks. Subscribe in a reader. Earth, like a drunk man, is Trembling, reeling David Axelrod passed away in February, but if he were still around, I believe he would rededicate this album to the people of Pittsburgh AND Paris. Liked it? Take a second to support Dr. Vibes on Patreon!
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