Monday, July 24, 2023

Laser Pace - Granfalloon (1974 us, exciting experimental prog cosmic funk rock, 2008 digipak remaster)

The only prog LP Takoma Records ever released -- the 1974 slab by L.A.'s Laser Pace. The album's title, Granfalloon, is a term created by the late Kurt Vonnegut to describe a bunch of people who pretend to be an affinity group without having any actual affinity for each other. We're uncertain if that is suppose to refer to factions inside Laser Pace, but no matter. The album is probably the strangest pieces of wax dripped by Takoma (apart from Charlie Nothing, natch) and seems wildly out of synch with the label's presumed focus. But is a goddamn monster of odd charm, no two ways about it.

Doug Decker had a very successful career doing recording engineering working with Johnny Cash, the Beach Boys, Band of Gypsies, Roger Miller, and John Fahey among many, many others. He also did sound for the "Win Ben Stein's Money" TV show. Doug and his wife Maureen O'Connor recorded "Granfalloon", very experimental, lots of electronics.
1. Closet Casualty - 4:01
2. Avatar - 5:29
3. (Whoever) You Are (You) - 3:56
4. Sky Fell (Chris Christensen, Doug Decker) - 4:37
5. Endless - 3:11
6. Oh Yeah? (Chris Christensen) - 4:45
7. Redemption - 5:05
8. Scatter (Doug Decker) - 8:05
All compositions by Maureen O'Connor except where noted

Lase Pace
*Maureen O'Connor - Vocals, Guitar, Synthesizer, Piano, Mellotron 
*Doug Decker - Bass, Synthesizer, Mellotron 
*John Chris Christensen - Vocals, Drums, Percussion 
*Larry Parsons - Fender Rhodes, Piano, Organ, Synthesizer 
*Jim Divisek - Synthesizer, Keyboards 
*Carl Van Young - Clavinet 
*Larry Wolf - Soprano Saxophone 
*Weldon - Drums 
*George Belle - Percussion