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Nowik, William – “Pan Symphony In E Minor” – [Guerssen]

Cousin Mary   1/14/2014   12-inch, B Library

Reissued in 2009, originally out in 1974, this is William Nowik’s suite inspired by readings about the Greek god Pan. Nowik plays most of the instruments including piano, acoustic and electric guitar, pump organ, and violin. Some tracks are pure 1970’s psych, others are dreamy musical poems, some hint at jazz and even gospel. At one point the composition was targeted as a soundtrack which would have worked very nicely. A satisfying listen, well played, not dated in any outmoded way.

PGM: Tracks can stand on their own but playing a whole side works as well and gives an opportunity to sample the variety of sounds.

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