Tonight at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Linda Perhacs will be interviewed at 18 o’clock CET and will perform at 21:30 – mostly from her new album “The soul of all natural things“, to be released 2014-01. Below’s a reprint of our 2003-11 review of her legendary debut “Parallelograms“ (Kapp 1970). Almost ten years old to the day, it’s from [uzine 03.17]. Since the switch of this blog from Posterous to WordPress we’re no longer able to offer you a zip of the e-zine back catalogue but we’re working on it! Meanwhile, here’s a sample issue and the table of contents … Since that 2003 review, the album has been re-reissued a number of times, e.g. on cd and lp by Sunbeam (with exclusive bonus tracks) or vinyl only by Sundazed. The Mexican Summer and Guerssen editions seem to be out of print.
LINDA PERHACS “Parallelograms – High Quality Sleeve – Large Sized Poster & Insert – 600 Copies Limited Edition” ****1/4
lp – 2003 – Merry-Go-Round MGR / Beatball (BMRL-2001)
LINDA PERHACS “Parallelograms” ****1/4
cd – 2003 – The Wild Places / Ace of Discs (WILD-005-RE) – 60’18”
Sweet, naively introverted and sometimes eerie – and always on the right side of twee. Very lovely and delightful, but not always as unique as some hypers would have you believe either. Linda reminds less of Vashti than of Joni and of Jacqui, sometimes even of Judy and Joan and Sandy and Carole and Karen. And Hope. Fans of “Willow song” on the soundtrack of “The Wicker Man” (cf. U0226) and of acts such as Mellow Candle, Tudor Lodge or even the Carpenters will like this too, while I’m even tempted to draw a parallel with Fred Neil, though not in sound. But a sweet, contemplative, Californialbion Joni trying to please Burt Bacharach comes closest, I guess. (Incidentally: ms Perhacs used to live in Topanga Canyon and in the Pacific Northwest of the USA – that whole ‘Hawaiian maiden’ story is untrue.) The cd adds five bonus tracks to the 1970 lp, the Korean lp reissue only two of them. The cd-only tracks (viz. a longer version of “Hey, who really cares” with added intro, a demo of “If you were my man”, a demo of “Chimacum rain” with extra sounds and a spoken note to her producer Leonard Rosenman) are worthwhile, but not crucial, so if you’d rather go for that poster… Note too that there’s been an earlier reissue on Ace of Discs which was mastered from a mint vinyl copy of the original lp but with a sound that wasn’t as close to the sound of the quarter track reel to reel tapes that have been used this time around, as the original lp had apparently been poorly mastered. And do note, as well, that this the WP brings together *everything* which ms. Perhacs has ever recorded. [Bunyan, Mitchell, McShee, Collins, Baez, Denny, King, Carpenter, Sandoval.]