Here's a list of what I consider the greatest albums still not on CD.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The Viola Crayola, USA
The Viola Crayola - Music: Breathing of Statues. 1974 Fautna.
You know, there are great guitar trio albums and then there's San Antonio's Viola Crayola. This jazzy psych freakout jam album is just remarkable and sounds about 15 years ahead of its time in technique. And fortunately it IS of its era sound-wise. This thing just rips and shreds and wah-wah's until you collapse from exhaustion. The last 2 minute goofball track allows us to see Viola's mentor - Mr. Zappa. If these guys released this in 1991, there would be a monthly feature in Guitar Player for him. Unfortunately, Tony Viola died tragically later in 1974. Album is only about 29 minutes long. A bootleg exists.
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Comments on any of the albums presented are indeed welcome!
Key to the Priority codes:
Priority 1: Amongst the greatest albums ever made. Almost criminal that it is not available on CD. (Gnosis 12-15; RYM 4.5 - 5.0)
Priority 2: A classic. One of the greatest albums still not on CD (Gnosis 11; RYM 4.0)
Priority 3: An excellent album. (Gnosis 10; RYM 3.5)
No Priority: The rest, which range from very good to poor and everything in between (Gnosis 9 and below; RYM 3.0 and below). Many of these albums are borderline Priority 3, and should not be presumed to be poor efforts. I had to draw the line somewhere.