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Paul Chain : Unreleased Vol. 1

This is one of the two releases after the - as the press release puts it - artistic death of Paul Chain. This is the first "post-mortem" release, with an 'Unreleased Vol. 2' still to follow. Both albums are being released to honour contractual obligations with NLM and Minotauro Records. With '-Vol.1' coming out on NLM records and '-Vol. 2 on Minotauro records (which will apparently feature special guest vocals by non other than Wino!).

This first collection of songs is quite interesting for Paul Chain fans. The diversity of this unsung doom guru really comes across on this album. There are Doomy songs, but also experimental songs to be found. In fact, while all songs carry the unmistakable Paul Chain mark, it showcases the great diversity of this multi-talented artist. Because of this, the album lacks in cohesion and really needs to be seen as a collection of songs that all stand on their own.

Although there is no real cohesion between the songs, not making it into an actual "album", the songs do fit together on this disk. Most of this must come from the fact that we are dealing with unreleased songs from the 'Alkahest' (studio album) sessions. While I don't know the ins and outs about it, my guess would be that the songs where recorded in close proximity of one and other.

The laid back experimental and sometimes Doomy music found on this album will surely satisfy the hungry Paul Chain fan and anybody into more 70ties sounding music. These songs also showcase how Paul Chain is able to freely experiment, but at the same time make very easy and relaxing music to listen too. And while I do not enjoy this as much as his regular albums (the ones I am familiar with, the man has such a big discography I still have a long way to go before I own it all) I can recommend this album to any fan. Others who are interested in this often overlooked genius might want to be on the look out for some of his regular albums or work while still in Death SS.

Overall this is an album to simply relax too. It opens slightly faster with more solid and heavier songs, but as the album progresses the more laid back tunes float in. Especially the very enjoyable 'She Tomy My I' is a song that jumps out on that front. Again Paul Chain proves he is one of the select few master musicians that roam this earth. It is a true shame he remains so unknown to a larger audience.

If you are interested in this release or seek more information about Paul Chain, you can contact Quasar records, who are putting a lot of good effort into pushing this release. Either visit their website at http://www.quasarrecords.it or email them at quasar.records@libero.it. [edit by admin.: The website is down and I could not find any evidence that the label still exists. Hence I've removed both links.]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Song of Estafan
2. Cosmic Collision
3. Mindblower
4. R. 10
5. Secret Voice
6. Short Fly
7. Terror in Air Lines
8. Momentary Lights
9. Bubble Gum of Psychedelic Man
10. Trouble Trumpet
11. She Tomy My I
12. Bridge Parts
13. Space Travel

Duration : Approx. 71 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
Hate Your Guts Records
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