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The follow-up to Stanford, Connecticut’s Ed Askew’s 1969 debut album Ask the Unicorn, is every bit as delightfully unusual as its predecessor. Recorded in the early ‘70s but never released due to lack of funds (it made it to the test pressing stage), Little Eyes features Askew playing his beloved 10-stringed tiple, as well as piano and harmonica for songs that highlight his high-strung voice that often sounds as if it is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Askew has become quite a legend among folks who collect obscure, overlooked folk and ‘outsider’ records and, though several decades removed, he fits comfortably within the emergent ‘freaky folk’ scene of the mid-2000s. Six bonus radio broadcast cuts are added and they’re as powerful as these unadorned studio recordings, which legend has it were recorded in one sitting without overdubs or re-takes. “City of Glass” and “Old Mother Moon” express a desperate loneliness behind Askew’s almost garage-rocker untutored leer, while “Jeffrey Taste” from the radio sessions features his most ambitious and captivating melody.

Customer Reviews

Don't listen to the idiot below me...

If you can truly appreciate the delicacy of the human voice and meaningful lyrics in music, then this CD is truly for you. A once lost treasure, it is now available with some wonderful bonus tracks to go along with it. Rodeo Rose is a wonderful peice in my opinion.

Lots of talent

Ed Askew has more talent than i thought he had. This is by far my most favortie album by Ed Askew. Ed Askew makes lots of good songs. I would like to recommend the second track "Songs for Pilots." This is a great album that he has came out with. I also would say that my wife and I would love to get into a threesome with this man.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s

An enigma even by the ultra-obscure standards of ESP-Disk Records, next to nothing is known about outsider folksinger Ed Askew. Although Askew has been recording songs since the late '60s, only one album has ever been released, 1969's Ask the Unicorn. A solo recording, the album features Askew accompanying himself on the ten-stringed lute-like acoustic instrument the tiple. A Latin instrument Askew discovered as a teenager because his ukulele-playing father owned one, the tiple quickly became a passion...
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