Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Bevis Frond - Inner Marshland [1987]

Bevis Frond, The

Inner Marshland

Label:Reckless Records
Catalog#:RECK 14
Format:LP, Album, Reissue
Style:Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Originally released by ''Woronzow Records'' in the UK in 1987.

Side A'
Cries From The Inner Marshland
Termination Station Grey
Window Eye
Once More
Side B'
Defoliation Part One
Reflections In A Tall Mirror
Hey Mr Undecided
I've Got Eyes In The Back Of My Head
Minsmere Sphagnum
Medieval Sienese Acid Blues
Defoliation Part Two

Nick Saloman: all instruments except:
Bari Watts: Lead Guitar, track 4
Graham Cumming: Piano, track 9
Mick Wills: Acoustic Guitar, track 11

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The Bevis Frond was Nick Saloman, a neo-psychedelic renaissance man and the sole writer, performer and producer behind the cottage industry bearing the Frond name. The head of his own label (Woronzow) as well as the co-publisher of his own underground magazine (the highly regarded Ptolemaic Terrascope), Saloman was a quintessential English eccentric, a frighteningly prolific talent and a true anachronism purveying an archaic musical genre while simultaneously pioneering the lo-fi aesthetic. Saloman cloaked his formative years in mystery; according to legend, he formed his first band, the Bevis Frond Museum, during his school years, and after the group disbanded he performed solo acoustic sets throughout the London area known as Walthamstow. After founding the Von Trapp Family, later known as Room 13, Saloman was sidelined in 1982 following a motorcycle accident. With the money he received as compensation for his injuries, he revived the Bevis Frond name and during his recuperation period assembled 1986's Miasma, a slice of twisted, latter-day psychedelia issued on Woronzow in a pressing of 250.

Much to Saloman's shock, the record sold out; realizing an audience existed for his brand of time-warped pop, he quickly issued Inner Marshland, another underground success which encouraged him to raid his extensive archives for more material. With the floodgates opened, new Bevis Frond material -- much of it written and recorded at Saloman's home long before it ever saw release -- appeared constantly; in 1988 alone, Woronzow issued three separate collections, Triptych, Bevis Through the Looking Glass and Acid Jam, all spotlighting his surreal wit and acute social commentary. Beginning with 1990's Any Gas Faster, Saloman was secure enough financially to begin recording in an outside studio; as the new decade dawned, he also made his live debut, appearing sporadically with an ever-changing group of backing musicians. After 1990's Magic Eye, a joint collaboration with former Pink Fairy Twink, the Bevis Frond issued its acknowledged masterpiece, 1991's double-LP set New River Head; erratic and eclectic, Saloman's output continued on without concession to trends or consumer tastes, with new albums appearing with clocklike precision: 1993's It Just Is, 1995's Superseeder, 1998's two-disc North Circular and 1999's Vavona Burr, plus the excellent concert recording Live at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco. Valedictory Songs followed two years later. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

1987 Miasma Woronzow Records
1987 Inner Marshland Woronzow Records
1987 Bevis Through the Looking Glass Woronzow Records
1988 Acid Jam Woronzow Records
1988 Triptych Woronzow Records
1989 Auntie Winnie Album Reckless Records
1990 Any Gas Faster Reckless Records
1990 Ear Song Reckless Records studio/live album
1991 Magic Eye Woronzow Records
1991 New River Head Woronzow Records
1992 A Gathering of Fronds Reckless Records
1992 London Stone Woronzow Records
1993 It Just Is Woronzow Records
1994 Sprawl (album) Woronzow Records
1995 Superseeder Woronzow Records
1996 Son of Walter Flydaddy Records
1997 North Circular Flydaddy Records
1999 Vavona Burr Flydaddy Records
1999 Live At The Great American Music Hall Flydaddy Records live album
2000 Valedictory Songs Woronzow Records
2002 What Did For The Dinosaurs Woronzow Records
2004 Hit Squad Woronzow Records

* "Sexorcist" (1990) Clawfist (split with Walkingseeds)
* Snow EP (1991) Woronzow (free with Ptolemaic Terrascope magazine)
* "High in a Flat" (free with Bucketful of Brains magazine, split with Dream Syndicate)
* Summer Holiday EP (1993) Woronzow
* "Let's Live For Today" (1994) Helter Skelter
* "Dolly Bug" (1995) Damaged Goods
* "Little Town Pier" (1997) Spare Me
* "African Violet" (b-side by The Steppes) (199?)

Fun site

Miasma LP here

This one , for Kostas