Improve the Shining Hour
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||Coming Clean (Demo)||Gary Lucas||3:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||And the Ass Saw the Angel (Live)||Gary Lucas||3:58||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Spider Web||Gary Lucas||4:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Dulce||Gary Lucas||5:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Flavor Bud Living (Live)||Gary Lucas||1:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles||Gary Lucas||3:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||In a Forest||Gary Lucas||3:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Judgement At Midnight Theme||Gary Lucas||1:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Judgement||Gary Lucas||2:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Oat Hate||Gary Lucas||2:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Follow||Gary Lucas||3:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Astro Boy||Gary Lucas||2:19||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Indian War Whoop||Gary Lucas||2:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||She Was Showing Me||Gary Lucas||2:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ted's Theme||Gary Lucas||1:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Golgotha||Gary Lucas||5:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Breath of Bones||Gary Lucas||6:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Listen, You Who Dare / Improve the Shining Hour||Gary Lucas||13:00||Album Only||View in iTunes|
A smorgasbord from the intrepid guitarist known for his work with Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley, Joan Osborne, and many others. Lucas' guitar work, especially on his old dobro, is always a joy to hear with a rich depth of musicality centered in the blues, but informed by styles as diverse as baroque, West African, and avant-garde jazz. This collection concentrates on song forms, and several of the selections wouldn't sound out of place in your standard college radio format. Elli Madeiros' silky, insinuating vocal on "Dulce" seems almost made for a hip video, and Nick Cave delivers the sort of bitter if calculated snarl that his fans have come to enjoy on "And the Ass Saw the Angel." Beefheart aficionados will require this disc for the live performances of the solo piece "Flavor Bud Living" and "Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles," the latter otherwise not too spectacular. There's also a composition called "Oat Hate" here, which was used as a portion of the Van Vliet song "Cardboard Cutout Sundown." On the other hand, it's tough not to be totally sucked in by his duo with Peter Stampfel on the theme from Astro Boy! The potluck aspect of the disc may put off some, but it's not a bad place to begin for Lucas newbies, as the range of his talents is well represented.
If you go into a fancy restaurant where there are no prices listed on the menu and you get a bit nervous, then that restaurant is not for you. Gary is academic without the intimidation. My wife and I have always greatly appreciated the challenge he brings to this ridiculous world of "music" we live in.
Born: 1952 in Syracuse, NY
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s