Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Crackle and Pop 5 - Love Song for the Dead Che

Love Song For A Dead Che

I bought this single in 1968 after hearing the "A" side "The Garden of Earthly Delights" on the Pete Drummond show. The United States of America were a great psychedelic band who created a unique sound developed by band member Joe Byrd, mixing early electronics and treated vocals with electric violin and guitars. Though this "B" side is much more downbeat and an obvious and acknowledged influence on both Broadcast and Portishead.

'Love Song for the Dead Che' is - according to the Dusted review - ‘Burt Bacharach on downers...'

Pitch fork describes the bands leader...
'Former UCLA ethnomusicology instructor Joseph Byrd concocted miracles with musique concrete-style tape collages and white noise blurts that veered in and out of the songs like uninvited but still welcome guests.'

Love Song For The Dead Che (MP3, Vinyl rip)


At 8:47 pm, Blogger KT said...

fabulous song--thanks for putting it up there...


At 4:39 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very mellow song, it flows along so very nicely while creating some evocative word pictures.

At 12:01 am, Blogger fieldhippy said...

The remastered CD sounds very, very good.

At 2:46 am, Anonymous Shanti Clements said...

Thanks for putting the song up there. My partner had bought the original US of A in the 1960s ... then it was stolen ... and he's been searching for Love Song for the Dead Che ever since.

Definitely an evocative and poetic piece of music.


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