he exudes kindness . . .
part deux . . . the more I listen to this artwork, the more I am grateful for Jonathan Richman's artistry . . . (look for part tres someday)
Favorite track: ¡Alegre Soy!.
"SA the root note in Indian ragas was what Ramakrishna, the much
beloved mystic, told his spiritual students to search for underneath
all things of this world."
released October 1, 2018
(transcribed from Jonathan Richman's handwritten credits)
Co-Produced by: Jonathan Richman, Jerry Harrison, and Nicole Montalbano
Tommy Larkins plays drums on “My Love She Is From Somewhere Else”, “O Mind! Let Us Go Home”, “A Penchant For The Stagnant”, “O Mind! Just Dance!”, “This Lovers’ Lane Is Very Narrow”, & “¡Alegre Soy!”
Jake Sprecher plays drums on: the first “SA” and he and Kelly Houston sing on it
Nicole Montalbano plays tambura on this and on 2 3 4 6 7 10 5 & 12
Pat Spurgeon plays percussion on 2 5 7 and 8
Jerry Harrison plays Mellotron on 2 5 and 7, harmonium on 4 6 9 and 12, and clavinet on 3 & 10
Rachel Hoiem, Indianna Hale, Bob Thayer and David Menendez Alvarez sing on “¡Alegre Soy!”
And Aishlin Harrison, Tracy Blackman & Lynn Asher sing on “O Mind! Just Dance” and you can hear Elizabeth Edmonds, Jesse De Natale and Jerry Harrison in the background there.
“SA” was recorded (the first one was) at Origami Lounge Studios in Chico, California by Scott Barwick
And 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12 were all recorded at Coyote Hearing Studios in Oakland, California recorded by Charles Gonzalez and Rex Shelverton
And… “The Fading Of An Old World”, “Yes, Take Me Home” and “And Do No Other Thing” were done at Sausalito Sound with Karl Derfler and Jerry engineering it.
And these songs were put in their order by Allan Mason who recorded “Girlfriend” and “Modern World” for the Modern Lovers demo record way back when.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR, easily.
effortlessly on a par with X's vintage catalogue, "Alphabetland" is a solid testimony of a band as vibrant, creative and urgent as ever. Honestly, it's THAT good. Strongly recommended. ramblinerikk