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14 Feb 2017

Laser Pace "Granfalloon"1974 US Prog Space Rock




Laser Pace  "Granfalloon"1974 US Prog Space Rock
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Reissue of the classic 1974 Takoma Record. Progressive Cosmic Funk Rock. Laser Pace - Granfalloon (usa 1973 prog - jazz exp) Laser Pace - Granfalloon Laser Pace is an american progressive rock band from early ,70,s who managed to release one album in 1973 named Granfaloon, issued by Takoma records. The music is very challenging and experimental combining progressive rock with funk, jazz and even other crossover moments giving to this album a special status in this genre . Featuring excellent musicians including the brilliant voice of Maureen O'Connor - who can sing in a wide range of sounds - definetly the cherry on the cake here. The guitar and mellotron moments are also very interesting and spacey, sometimes developing more jamming or jazzy moments, more towards the end of the album. I must admit that this album is one of the most underrated albums from that period, with simply brilliant vocal arrangements, not to be heared every day in prog music and yet they are quite unknow...........

Relatively large US ensemble, led by the female figure of Maureen O'Connor (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, piano, Mellotron) and co-composers W. G. Christensen (drums, vocals) and D. Distorto (bass, Mellotron).Other members were Carl Van Young on clavinet, drummer Weldon, keyboardist/pianist Larry Parsons, percussionist George Belle, sax player Larry Wolff and keyboardist Jimbo Dee.One and only album on the Takoma label, ''Granfalloon'' (1974), which has to be one of the most obscure oddities of the whole US Prog scene.A weird amalgam of Prog, Psych, Funk and cosmic music with the vocal tracks sounding like very early Yes, featuring strong psychedelic influences, jazzy fests on sax and clavinet, Soul and Funk rhythms and tunes and completely irritating vocals.But when you simply notice there are two Mellotron players and three keyboardists onboard, you will scratch your head of where this album heads to.So, when vocals fade away, music becomes the A factor, sinking into a trippy experience of light Fusion tunes, slow-moving Mellotron waves and experimental echoes coming out of oscillators.A bizarre, undefined listening experience with dense instrumental abnormalities, loose soloing with some cool electric piano and a free spirit scanning the whole album.Not totally effective, but certainly one beautiful piece of art in its own way.....by....apps79 .......

Laser Pace is an american progressive rock band from early ,70,s who managed to release one album in 1973 named Granfaloon, issued by Takoma records. The music is very challenging and experimental combining progressive rock with funk, jazz and even other crossover moments giving to this album a special status in this genre . Featuring excellent musicians including the brilliant voice of Maureen O'Connor - who can sing in a wide range of sounds - definetly the cherry on the cake here. The guitar and mellotron moments are also very interesting and spacey, sometimes developing more jamming or jazzy moments, more towards the end of the album. I must admit that this album is one of the most underrated albums from that period, with simply brilliant vocal arrangements, not to be heared every day in prog music and yet they are quite unknow by wider public. The band after some popular and well recieved concerts decided to disband in 1976. In the years to come, the more recent ones Doug Decker will founded his own label the Decker productions where will be released this album on Cd in 2008. A very original album , fans of King Crimson, Zappa or at some point Samla Mammas Manna, will enjoy to the max this album, a real lost gem in vaults of time, that needs a wider recognition in progressive rock music. Recommended for sure, the cover art is simply superb and tells everyrhing what is inside the album, this Granfaloon really cooks all the way. 4 stars easy, one of the forgotten treasures from american scene.......by....b olariu ......

Punk prog noise. intense space mellotron stuff. electronic fx all over the place. tons of synth/electronics in general. but also awesome guitar action. the only guitar listed is maureen's and if she played all this stuff then she should be on some list of gods. she sings a little like Anisette from the Savage Rose. But her vocals are also heavily processed for maximum whatthefuckness. some of the electroprog moments remind me of Ubu in a big way. this was recorded in 1973. D.Distorto on bass. The drummer used to be in the garage band The Opus 1. he mentions the record in an interview on-line:

"Doug Decker has had a very successful career doing recording engineering working with Johnny Cash, the Beach Boys, Band of Gypsies, Roger Miller, and John Fahey among many, many others. Today he is doing sound for the "Win Ben Stein's Money" TV show. Doug and I have worked together on and off for the last 30 years. We did an album with his wife Maureen O'Connor in the early seventies for Takoma Records called "Granfalloon." The group was called Laser Pace -- very experimental, lots of electronics."

the bass playing is so Ubu too. There is an awesome instrumental on here called "Scatter" that sounds like King Crimson + Can + PIL. Until it turns into freeform jazz piano/sleighbell/electronic nod-out acid jam. then it becomes something else entirely.

my fave lyrics:

"Cherish and hold the time
scrape off the cream
it'll be so clean
as you glide into a void so strong
vessels bursting from the shit
you brought along.".....by..... scott seward.........

Line-up:
Maureen O’Connor — vocals, guitars, synthesizer, mellotron, piano
Doug Decker — bass, synthesizer, mellotron
Larry Parsons — Fender Rhodes, piano, organ, synthesizer
Jim Divicek — synthesizer
Carl Van Young — clarinet
Larry Wolff — soprano saxophone
Chris Christensen — drums, percussion, vocals
George Belle — percussion

Tracklist 
A2 Avatar
A3 (Whoever) You Are (You)
A4 Sky Fell
B1 Endless
B2 Oh Yeah?
B3 Redemption
B4 Scatter











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