Saturday, May 30, 2020

THE GOLDEN PALOMINOS – The Golden Palominos (CEL 6662 / LP-1983)




Label: Celluloid ‎– CEL 6662
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: France / Released: 1983
Style: Avantgarde, Free Improvisation
Recorded at Radio City Music Hall Studio/NYC and OAO Studio/Brooklyn
Mixed at RPM Studio/NYC and OAO Studio/Brooklyn
Design [Layout] – Jan Luss
Photography By – Thi-Linh Le
Engineer – Don Hünerberg, Martin Bisi
Engineer [Assistant At RPM] – Mike Krowiak
Mixed By – Anton Fier, Bill Laswell, Martin Bisi
Executive-Producer – Karakos, Roger Trilling
Producer – Anton Fier, Bill Laswell
Producer [Associate] – Arto Lindsay, Martin Bisi
Repetiteur [Vocal Coach] – Peter Blegvad
Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout, Etched): Cel 6662 A
Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout, Etched): Cel 6662 A

side 1:
A1 - Clean Plate   (Fier, Lindsay) .............................................................................. 6:32
A2 - Hot Seat   (Fier, Noyes, Miller) .......................................................................... 5:13
A3 - Under The Cap   (Fier, Lindsay) ........................................................................ 5:32
A4 - Monday Night   (Fier, Lindsay) .......................................................................... 6:29

side 2:
B1 - Cookout   (Fier) ................................................................................................. 4:38
B2 - I.D.   (Fier, Lindsay) ........................................................................................... 6:45
B3 - Two Sided Fist   (Fier, Lindsay, Frith) ................................................................ 7:42

Musicians:
ARTO LINDSAY – vocals, guitar
ANTON FIER – drums, oberheim DMX, percussion
FRED FRITH – guitar, violin
BILL LASWELL – bass guitar
JOHN ZORN – alto saxophone, clarinet, game calls
NICKY SKOPELITIS – guitar on "Monday Night" / "I.D."
THI-LINH LE – vocals on "Monday Nigh''
MARK E. MILLER – vocals on "Hot Seat", turntables on "Hot Seat" / "Monday Night"
DAVID MOSS – percussion on "Clean Plate" / "Under the Cap" / "Two Sided Fist"
MICHAEL BEINHORN – drums and Oberheim DMX on "Hot Seat", piano on "Cookout"
JAMAALADEEN TACUMA – Steinberger bass guitar on "Clean Plate" / "Two Sided Fist"
ROGER TRILLING – tape on "Cookout"

The group first featured drummer Anton Fier, singer-guitarist Arto Lindsay, saxophonist John Zorn, bass guitarist Bill Laswell and violinist/guitarist Fred Frith. Their self-titled debut album was released on New York's Celluloid Records in 1983, and featured guest appearances by bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, guitarist Nicky Skopelitis, percussionist David Moss, turntablist M.E. Miller and others.

Arto LindsayAnton Fier

For twenty years, the Golden Palominos have been musical chameleons, continually changing lineups and styles. The only constant has been drummer Anton Fier, whose vision and interests have steered the group through two decades of music making.
The Golden Palominos were formed in the early 1980s, as a joint project, by drummer Anton Fier and noise-guitarist Arto Lindsay. Fier came from Cleveland where he had played with new wave cult band Pere Ubu. In 1978, he left Ohio for New York City. Once there he moved through various bands including a band he formed himself, the Feelies and the Pedestrians. At the end of the 1970s, with Lindsay and John Lurie, he co-founded the Lounge Lizards, a band that played an indescribable combination of noise, rhythm, and jazz. “Actually, when I first started playing with the Lounge Lizards, Arto and I wanted to call the band the Golden Palominos,” Fier told Down Beat’s Bill Milkowski. “We liked the name but Lurie didn’t.” Lindsay, Fier said, was the reason he joined the Lounge Lizards. So when Arto left the band, Fier did too and decided the next step was for the two of them to form a new band together, which they were able to name the Golden Palominos.



The group’s first incarnation was as a super group of the late-1970s New York downtown improv scene. Its participants included luminaries such as saxophonist John Zorn, guitarists Fred Frith and Nicky Skopelitis,and bassists Bill Laswell and Jamaaladeen Tacuma. The music the band made was a marvelous combination of incongruous styles. On the one hand, the music was improvised, free, uncontrolled even. Lindsay, the Palominos de facto frontman, played chunks of noise on his 12-string guitar which he deliberately refused to tune and squawked out truncated, nonsensical lyrics, while Zorn was as likely to accompany the band with bird calls as with his horn. On the other, when the band played it locked into a throbbing, unrelenting funk groove driven by Tacuma and Laswell’s basses and Fier’s unerring backbeat.

The group gave a series of critically well-received concerts in the New York City area in 1982, and in 1983 released a record, simply titled Golden Palominos, on Bill Laswell’s Celluloid label. The New York Times lavished praise on the album. Down Beat called it “a masterpiece…an enormously important and satisfying album” and gave it five stars, the magazine’s highest rating.



If you find it, buy this album!

32 comments:

  1. THE GOLDEN PALOMINOS – The Golden Palominos (LP-1983)
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  2. Remember reading that Fier wasn't very happy with the results, a bit too out I suppose. Recall clearing the room with this one, classic great stuff, thanks!

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  3. So many top musicians! Many thanks!

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  4. Thanks Vitko. My neighbors are gonna love it!

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  5. YEAH!...TOP LINE-UP!...
    AMAZING VYNIL RIP AS USUAL!...
    BIG THX!...

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  6. Grateful for this! Thanks.

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  7. Cracking album, anything Fred Frith is on ,guaranteed to be good, many thanks.

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  8. thanks great and important music

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  9. A very creative moment in music-making. Thank you!

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  10. Great!Thank you very much for this.

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  11. these SOUNDs will never stop stimulating my body ... thanx vitko! ermanno

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  12. thanks Vitko for another superb classic adition to this superb blog. greetings from Vigo.

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  13. A great surprise! Both this and the Lizards debut, neither of which I've heard on vinyl since back in the day, and very much welcome now. Many, many thanks.

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  14. Grateful as always.Thank You Vitko

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  15. thanks for this. i long ago wore out my cassette version of this great album. it will be great to hear it again via your always outstanding work!
    mikeL

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  16. Look forward to listening as I'd only ever heard later albums

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  17. Love this album! Bought the second album by mistake thinking it was this one. That one was tepid REM type pop music. This is great!

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  18. Many thanks!!! Really great one!!

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  19. Thanks so much for this, it's terrific and so is this blog!

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  20. Thank you very much for all the interesting LP's you share with us, I didn't know much about free and avant garde jazz. Your blog is a true discovery for me

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  21. Thank you as always!

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  22. Thank you, so much.
    Cuando era niño, queria comprar el tocadisco. Pero no lo pudo.
    Luego largo tiempo estaba buscandolo.
    Gracias.

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  23. Thnaks Vitko, great lineup, great muscic!

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