Saturday, February 14, 2009

Michaelangelo - One Voice Many (us 1971 Folkrock)

Michaelangelo - One Voice Many (us 1971 Folkrock)
Ripped By: ChrisGoesRock
Artwork Included

ANGEL autoharp, vcls
STEVE BOHN gtr, vcls

1. ONE VOICE MANY (Columbia C 30686) 1971
1. 300 Watt Music Box/Half A Tap (Columbia 4-45328) 19712. West/It's Crying Outside (Columbia 4-45459) 1971

A1. West 2:40
A2. Come to Me 1:51
A3. This Bird 3:11
A4. Son (We've Kept the Room Just the Way You Left It) 4:15
A5. Medley: 5:15
a) Take It Bach
b) Michaelangelo
B1. It's Crying Outside 3:40
B2. 300 Watt Music Box 2:32
B3. Okay 1:53
B4. Half a Tap 2:55
B5. One Voice Many 6:48

This lost classic finally makes its CD debut here. Led by the aptlynamed Angel, the band only recorded one album, which has become one of the best-loved folk-rock albums of its era. Recorded in New York and produced by longtime Wendy Carlos collaborator Rachel Elkind, it's a haunting collection of autoharp-led pop songs, boasting strong melodies and powerful electric guitar, but sold poorly on release in 1971, causing the band to splinter.
Delicate and melodic baroque soft-rock with a mellow hippie aura. Vocally not unlike the softer moments of the Peanut Butter Conspiracy or Comfortable Chair. Where they came from is unknown, though some of the credits hint at it being recorded in New York City. To be taken in the drawing-room with perfumed tea.
Little's known about this group, even though their sole album, 1971's One Voice Many, came out on a major label, Columbia. Sounding more like a record from the late '60s than the early '70s, its folk-rock-psychedelic blend was unusual for prominently featuring the autoharp of Angel Autoharp (as she's billed on the record), which sometimes functioned much as a lead guitar or organ would within a rock lineup. Autoharp also wrote the material on the LP, which presented both instrumentals (on which the autoharp took its strongest role) and vocal numbers with male-female vocal blends/alternations, all the while maintaining a slightly haunting yet cheery flavor consistent with the sound of many Californian bands of the era.

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František said...

Wonderful music!

Anonymous said...

I remember seeing this group at a little bar in Albany, GA -- seems like late 70s or early 80s but not sure really. Think they had two girls then, but the main one was the autoharp player. Also.. for some reason I thought they were from Florida.

mike said...

Another fantastic sounding item with an unfortunately dead download link...