Warm Heart Pastry - Mike Heron - Smiling Men With Bad Reputations
Label: Elektra - EKS-74093 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Rock & Roll, Folk
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Please try again later. Mike Heron is of course best known for his work as co-founder of the Incredible String Band. While said group underwent various permutations, it was Heron along with Robin Williamson who remained at its core as songwriters and multi-instrumentalists.
It's likely that most folks with any interest in this album are already well aware of this, but I mention it because this album, while quite different Remember (Walking In The Sand) - Various - WCBS FM101 History Of Rock - The 60s Part 1 any music by the Incredible String Band, brilliantly succeeds for similar reasons.
Heron is indeed an immensely talented man, but what made Warm Heart Pastry - Mike Heron - Smiling Men With Bad Reputations ISB so successful was the balance between Heron and Williamson. These two had an The Old Rugged Cross - Various - Songs Of Praise resource in each other, friends who could get excited and inspired by the ideas the other brought to the table.
They knew at least in the best work by the ISBwhen to step in, and when to step back. When to push the other to do more, and when to take the reins. In creating this spectacularly eclectic album, Heron found a cast of sympathetic collaborators who had enough talent and vision of Warm Heart Pastry - Mike Heron - Smiling Men With Bad Reputations own to be able to Warm Heart Pastry - Mike Heron - Smiling Men With Bad Reputations contribute to Heron's ideas.
In turn, they seemed to push him to new heights, all the while providing the variety that makes this album as diverse and expressive as it is, with Heron as the great unifier.
Cale probably contributes the most, and serves as the Williamson to Mike's Heron. He plays a variety of instruments that beautifully serve the songs, and contributes some very well thought out arrangements.
Elton John and Jimmy Page are only featured on the bonus tracks, but these are indeed welcome additions to the album, particularly the rocking and slightly countrified "Make No Mistake". These people really couldn't put out a bad tune, and there isn't a clunker in the bunch. That said, I must make special mention of a few favourites. He also seems to push Heron in the vocal department, and the song never lets up in sheer energy and exuberance. It is ultimately a relatively simple tune, but the arrangement and performance elevate it to something truly transcendent.
As I look over the list of tracks, I'm quickly realizing that I could just gush over every single one. I guess I'll just stop here then, albeit with one final endorsement. Variety is the spice of life, and this album is simply brimming with it.
None of the guest musicians, as diverse as they are, ever seem out of place or like an attempt at musical name dropping. They are there for a reason, and that is to bring the multi-faceted vision of Mike Heron to life, and to acknowledge and do their part to help in revealing the expansive talent of Mike Heron. This is quite different from the Incredible String Band, but Mr. Heron has pushed himself and been pushed to the same Dvůr Plnej Listí - BPM - Slova heights he had reached with Williamson.
Very highly recommended! Well, maybe that's overstating the case -- but the line-up is pretty stellar for Pete Townshend, John Cale, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ronnie Lane, Keith Moon, Richard Thompson, Dave Pegg, and many others from the British folk and rock scenes, all on one album, creating a heady mix of music during a once-in-a-lifetime session. It's a wonderful blend of the Incredible String Band's psychedelic-styled, mystical ballads and Who-powered guitar riffs that remains under-appreciated more than thirty years on.
Perhaps only early Traffic achieved something this audacious Winwood even makes an instrumental appearance, completing the circle. This import reissue is a little pricy, but does contain some bonus tracks. If you're a fan of British The Prision Island - Adair - The Destruction Of Everything Is The Beginning Of Something New rock and its obscurities, this album will come as a real surprise.
Warm Heart Pastry - Mike Heron - Smiling Men With Bad Reputations bonus song with Jimmy Page. One person found this helpful. Very happy with this. Fast shipping and A-OK condition. Glad I found this before it totally disappeared. Some of the best Who instrumentals--without Roger Daltry, on some songs.
This is a collection of rocky psychedelic tunes from erstwhile folkie Mike Heron, and great Brit rock friends. A period piece. Format: Audio CD. Mike Heron's first solo album should have been one of those immediately and widely successful records. Instead, it became something of a curiosity, not widely known or really appreciated.
Yet, the album features an amazing and eclectic line up that ranges from John Cale to Jimmy Page to most of the Who, some Fairport Convention, parts of Traffic and even Dr. Strangely Strange. As a result, the music is equally eclectic. It features some straight-ahead rock n' roll, delicate acoustic pieces, early synthesizer work, Indian and folk styles.
And of course, the album offers "Feast of Stephen". It's one of those wonderful songs that comes along only now and then and it has a quality not unlike the sing-along songs of the period, The Beatles' "Hey Jude" and maybe even T. Rex's "Hot Love". But better, thanks in part to John Cale's lovely vocal arrangement and viola work. I liked it so much that a few years ago I managed to find a vinyl copy -- again -- and had it transferred to CD. Needless to say, the remastered version offered here sounds a whole lot better.
Perhaps "Smiling Men" was too eclectic for its time. If you compare it to some of Heron's later exploits in rock, the samples of that genre which appear on "Smiling Men" certainly stand out as the better work, again in part due to "guest" musicians like Jimmy Page and Pete Townsend.
And in addition to that, there is a particular strength in the way in which Heron unites all these influences and styles -- something that The Incredible String Band was exceptionally adept at accomplishing -- that continues to stand out some thirty years later. He never really managed anything as wide-ranging, idiosyncratic and surprisingly wonderful as this particular album again.
The bonus tracks don't hurt either -- we finally get to hear Mike Heron and Jimmy Page. And if that combination sounds unusual to you, then you have some idea of what's in store for you. All of which is a long way of saying that "Smiling Men" is truly a one of a kind record.
With the exception of John Cale's "Academy in Peril" I can't think of anything else quite like this, or quite this good, in this specific way. But still, this album is a distillation of mr heron's musical ideas: peering into rock and backed by the who, and it's GREAT; then john cale circa paris i still sing "when winter came this year, she found me well prepared for her" to this day.
It's a super-strong collection of songs and fascinating arrangements. Chamber rock. I love the record up and down and sideways. And several songs are just mike, skeletal, structure-searching, pure musician.
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