gullbuy music review

October 19, 2004

Acuarela Songs 3

various artists
label:: Acuarela Records

The concept is for the artist to create a piece of music that incorporates the concept or word 'acuarela' or watercolor (aquarelles, wasserfarben...) in the song, its title or to have the sound embody the idea.

Another unifying factor in the compilation is the independent nature of the lo-fi production of the works themselves.

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Original Soundtrack (various artists)
label:: Soundtrack Classics

Because of contractual problems at the time of release, there were 2 versions of several songs on this soundtrack: one that appeared in the film, and one that appeared on the soundtrack record.

This 2004 release includes both versions, along with the incidental music (all composed and conducted by Stu Phillips), songs by The Sandpipers, The Strawberry Alarm Clock, and snippets of dialog from the film itself.

Popular Electronics

various artists
label:: Basta Records

Collects together pioneering music from the likes of Tom Dissevelt, Henk Badings and Dick Raaijmakers (aka Kid Baltan) and couples the 4 discs of electronic music with 7 booklets packed with everything you ever wanted to know about early Dutch electronic music including text and incredible graphics.

It should be noted that Irwin Chusid is listed as the book editor, to help give you some idea of where this boxset is coming from.


title:: What Is Real and What Is Not
label:: Warning Label Records

What Is Real and What Is Not is the 2004 album by the re-formed Urinals - their first new material in 15 years. Urinals were an early LA punk band, who evolved into players in the Paisley Underground 1984-era LA as 100 Flowers.

My least favorite part of the sound is the vocals and the slower songs. However, the distinctive songs are very good, and there are enough of these to make the record a keeper.