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23 Nov 2016

Peter Kaukonen “Black Kangaroo” 1972 US Psych Blues Rock










Peter Kaukonen  “Black Kangaroo” 1972 US Psych Blues Rock
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BLACK KANGAROO was finished and released in 1972. It shows a diversity, a sonic density, and a stylistic complexity that remains unequalled today. People say that “Black Kangaroo” was ahead of its time, and I have to agree: “That’s A Good Question” is a work of timeless elegance, well ahead of ‘new age’ music, while “Billy’s Tune” is prescient in its anticipation of spoken word music, or rap. 

The re-release of “Black Kangaroo” includes bonus tracks that were recorded in my four-track studio in the late 70s. I like these tracks a lot: their sound, their energy, their exuberance and vitality are impressive. Listen to the four-track version of “Up Or Down”; that’s the way the Kangaroo was playing the Bay back then. I think you’ll find that the sound and the fury of Black Kangaroo — and its later incarnations — continues undiminished to this day. 

Black Kangaroo is finally available on compact disc. Wounded Bird Records has released this CD. It is the only legitmate release of this album. To purchase click “order” from the above menu and go to my music store…… 

Evoking the Jefferson Airplane is like reminiscing a family, friendship, musical culture and self-production¹. Peter Kaukonen grew up next to his big brother Jorma Kaukonen (guitarist and co-founder members of the Airplane) while doing his teeth alongside the folk scene of San Francisco. Versatile and skillful, Peter Kaukonen will collaborate with many artists including Johnny Winter where he will practice bass! The fury of the guitars that shattered on both sides at the end of the year 60 resounds like a blow of a club on the young Peter. In form, Black Kangaroo borrows both Johnny Winter ( “Up Or Down”, “What We Know and Love”, “Dynamo Snackbar”) and Robin Trower ( “Postcard”) and, The Texans, Lynyrd Skynyrd ( “Prisoner”). In the background, while echoing the Voodoo Chile, Black Kangaroo demonstrates Peter’s clairvoyance in terms of musical research and talk. The psychedelic “Billy’s Tune” prefigures rap in the way of speaking / singing. While the acoustic blues “Barking Dog Blues”, against a background of bruised barking, addresses the harshness of the rural world. A rich and sincere album (a sort of kangaroo manifesto) which ends with the instrumental “That’s A Good Question”, a piece of choice that, according to its author, “is a work of timeless elegance.”…………….. 

Evoking the Jefferson Airplane is like reminiscing a family, friendship, musical culture and self-production¹. Peter Kaukonen grew up next to his big brother Jorma Kaukonen (guitarist and co-founder members of the Airplane) while doing his teeth alongside the folk scene of San Francisco. Versatile and skillful, Peter Kaukonen will collaborate with many artists including Johnny Winter where he will practice bass! The fury of the guitars that shattered on both sides at the end of the year 60 resounds like a blow of a club on the young Peter. In form, Black Kangaroo borrows both Johnny Winter ( “Up Or Down”, “What We Know and Love”, “Dynamo Snackbar”) and Robin Trower ( “Postcard”) and, The Texans, Lynyrd Skynyrd ( “Prisoner”). In the background, while echoing the Voodoo Chile, Black Kangaroo demonstrates Peter’s clairvoyance in terms of musical research and talk. The psychedelic “Billy’s Tune” prefigures rap in the way of speaking / singing. While the acoustic blues “Barking Dog Blues”, against a background of bruised barking, addresses the harshness of the rural world. A rich and sincere album (a sort of kangaroo manifesto) which ends with the instrumental “That’s A Good Question”, a piece of choice that, according to its author, “is a work of timeless elegance.” 
from Blues Rock Psyche with “Billy’s Tune” to the beat Rock 'N’ Roll “Solid to the Ground”, all the songs are original, varied and they are beautiful musicality! 
Peter did in the Heavy Psyche Bluesy, in a style closer to Hendrix “Crosstown traffic”, or guitarists Frank Marino, Robin Trower, Johnny Winter and Leslie West that the aiplane or even the Dead. 

The album “Black Kangaroo” was completed and released in 1972. 
It shows a diversity, sound density and stylistic complexity that remains unmatched today. 
The album was somewhat ahead of its time. It is a true masterpiece of timeless elegance … all 
pieces are perfect: their sound, their energy, exuberance and vitality are impressive. 
With the Jefferson Airplane who had created his own label, Grunt Records there were many things that are out, but that was not previously standard of music. But this solo project of Peter Kaukonen is an exception. 
While nothing in this drive is yet revolutionary, “Black Kangaroo” has its wonderful moments, if not fabulous! 

The reissue of “Black Kangaroo” CD, released in 2007 includes five bonus tracks that accompany the original work! They were recorded in a studio four tracks in the late 70s 
The album consists of thirteen so wonderful pieces for a period of more than 52 minutes, which can only make us regret that Peter Kaukonen does not stay in this register Blues Rock that seemed so well succeed him. 

Often wild guitarist (listen to “Up or Down”, “Prisoner” or “Dynamo Snack” and you can not deny it), Peter may also exercise extreme finesse, see his finger picking on acoustic piece “barking dog Blues” (a song with a text a bit crazy about a young man who settles in the countryside and ends up killing a dog whose barking exasperate. .the barking and the shot are absolutely listen ..). 

the musicians are in tune, especially the drummer of Jefferson Airplane, Joe Covington, and the rhythm section with Larry Weisberg serves wonderfully solid case has wah guitar of Kaukonen. 
the cover is amazing as it is, inside, killing a kangaroo and a sort of memorial … 

Anecdotally Peter Kaukonen desperate to find a record label for the CD reissue of his work, but it was finally done 35 years after its first publication. 
Another anecdote, Jefferson Airplane did, in fact, took only one piece of Peter, “Up Or Down”, but their version pales compared to the version Peter 

a report that Peter Kaukonen is still getting into music and has recently released two albums in a much calmer style, Country Folk Rock! ..by..alcat01 … 

Personnel: 
- Peter Kaukonen - guitars, bass, mandolin, keyboards, conception, director, producer 
- Larry Weisberg - bass (01,02) 
- Shelley Silverman - drums (01,02) 
- Nick Buck - organ (02), piano (02) 
- Mark Ryan - bass (03) 
- Joey Covington - drums (03,04,06,07), backing vocals (07) 
- Diane Earl - backing vocals (07) 
- Peter Marshall - bass (08) 
- Terry Adams - cello (08) 
- Jaime “Houndhead” Howell - producer 

Tracks: 
All tracks written by Peter Kaukonen. 
01. Up Or Down - 3:49 
02. Postcard - 5:20 
03. What We All Know And Love - 4:48 
04. Billy’s Tune - 4:56 
05. Barking Dog Blues - 4:05 
06. Dynamo Snackbar - 3:56 
07. Prisoner - 4:56 
08. That’s A Good Question - 5:10 
Bonus (1978): 
09. Solid To The Ground - 3:32 
10. Solitary Confinement - 2:32 
11. Unsatisfaction Sex - 3:46 
12. Up Or Down - 4:37 
13. Kangaroo Kommercial - 0:33 

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