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    Morozov, Yury – “Cherry Garden of Jimi Hendrix” – [Shadoks]

    Rare Russian re-release, 11 tracks from 1973 with ten bonus
    beauties dropped in from ’74-75! PSoviet Psych?!? Definitely a
    homegrown studio of mechanical mushroom vibe, lots of guitar
    acoustic and electric, but plenty of tape trickery and a
    hint of some of his more experimental electonic work to
    come. (By the way Yuri died in 2006 at the young age of 57).
    My first take on this was a kind of Syd Barrett, Yury clearly
    embraces the outside aesthetic (check his quote about the
    “narrow corridors” of the temple of music in the nice liners
    along with some great shots of his wild-eyed ways. While doing
    this on his own, with rough equipment, he found a job at the
    big Melodiya studios, which likely affirmed his desire to
    make music with rougher and truer edges. Lot’s of singing
    styles on here, Yury can sing sweetly or howl and yelp
    ya-ya-ya with distortion. Choirs are built perhaps just from
    Yury and his wife Nina’s voices at time, on #9 and #17 for
    example, the latter a soviet synth to boot. While maybe
    poor in instruments (toy piano tinkering, simple flutes are
    also sprinkled in) his short songs are often rich with
    ideas. Often before they get too catchy, he’ll turn things
    off in another direction. There are flavors of the west
    (the title refs a Chekhov play with a US guitarist folks
    might have heard of). #18 has a hint of “All Along the
    Watchtower” but whistling, and gently warped into
    something all together differnt. Kak zhal that Yury is
    gone, didn’t the Soviet isolation help him flourish in
    his independence or put walls up holding him back.
    Hell if I know, but this is an excellent discovery.

    -Thurston Hungerovich

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 16, 2015 at 2:53 pm
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