“Balaklava (50th an­niver­sary edi­tion)”

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De­cem­ber 14. Re­leased in late 1968, the sec­ond Pearls Be­fore Swine record con­tin­ued to de­liver mu­sic with a preter­nat­u­ral sense of what the youth of Amer­ica wanted to hear. The mu­sic of Balaklava strips away the manic, post-garage band di­ver­sity of the first al­bum, in­stead ground­ing the pro­duc­tion around Tom Rapp’s gui­tar and singing, with the touches of in­stru­men­tal color. Pro­ducer Richard Alder­son uti­lized breathy sweeps of re­verb, sound ef­fects, tape ma­nip­u­la­tion and spo­ken word record­ings along with an ar­ray of in­stru­men­tal over­dubs in­clud­ing banjo, marimba, or­gan, clavinet, flute, English horn and strings. Alder­son has re­mas­tered the al­bum, restor­ing the pre­ci­sion of the orig­i­nal mix - and in the process, re­veal­ing fan­tas­ti­cally dy­namic per­for­mances and dis­pers­ing the haze of the years that had gath­ered over lat­ter-day edi­tions of Balaklava.

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