Monday, March 23, 2009

Wendy & Bonnie - Genesis (us 1969)

Wendy & Bonnie - Genesis (us 1969)

Formed: 1968, San Francisco, CA, United States

- Wendy Flower,
- Bonnie Flower

Features such legendary musicians as:
- Jim Keltner (drums),
- Larry Carlton (guitar),
- Randy Cierly (bass) and
- Mike Melvoin (keyboards).

Produced by jazz great Gary McFarland.

*1(A) GENESIS (Skye 1006D) 1969 SC/R1NB: (1) reissued on CD (Sundazed SC 11089) with five bonus tracks.
*1 The Paisley Window Pane/It's What's Really Happening (Skye) 1969

01. Let Yourself Go Another Time
02. Paisley Window Pane
03. I Realized You
04. By the Sea
05. You Keep Hanging Up on My Mind
06. It's What's Really Happening
07. Five O'Clock in the Morning
08. Endless Pathway
09. Children Laughing
10. Winter Is Cold
11. Night Behind Us [Crystal Fountain Acetate]
12. Ice Cream Man Song [Demo Version]
13. December Sun [Demo Version]
14. Cover Our Child [Demo Version]
15. Story of a Conventional Man [Demo Version]

Who gave acid to these kids? Chemically induced or not, they committed a psychedelic gem of “Present Tense” (1968, by Sagittarius) and “Begin” (1968, by Millennium) proportions, lyrically and musically. The uniqueness and charm of the release is increased by the stripped down treatment of the vocals, which sound like voices of the best girls at their respective primary school – drowsing choir – and given a record deal, and it worked handsomely. If we compare with the superbly carried out the studio piloting backing up The Millennium, we will easily see that Curt Boettcher – the spiritual father of XTC’s Andy Partridge – was confirming his innovative ways of commanding recording knobs, facing this task as substantial part of the artistic direction, which became a kind of common sense in current rock-pop productions. With Wendy & Bonnie we have to take another vintage point. The release is the epitome of studio simplicity and technical straightforwardness, which more than often leads to utter crap, but not in “Genesis”. Wendy & Bonnie Flower knitted a masterpiece, and in the Palaeolithic way. In an era of hardcore industrial reproduction of works of art to which music is no exception, the album at stake sounds hand-made. A superior hymn to obsolescence, the way masterpieces mechanically produced should sound.
~ By docperkins (RYM)
This is a very cool album. While it is definitely a late-'60s period piece, it's appeal is timeless.
The Flower sisters had a dark-angel harmony. Their moody take on the world is both innocently wide-eyed, yet wise beyond their tender years (17 and 13). The musicianship, by a soft-psychedelic stable of first-rate session players (guitarist Larry Carlton, drummer Jim Keltner, keyboardist Mike Melvoin, etc.) under the guidance of lounge-jazz wizard Gary McFarland (Producer), is superb, adding colorful atmospherics and breezy Brazilian washes. This album was obscure -- the original record label went out of business shortly after the album came out in 1969 -- but it has had a deserved cult following for decades. Tim and Laetitia of Stereolab are known to be big fans (Tim called it "undeniably a great LP"), and it's obvious why -- Wendy and Bonnie had trail-blazed a similar musical path 25 years before. The voices are gentle, but never vapid. The arrangements are sophisticated, and the songcraft is solid. Genesis manages to avoid many of the cliches of late '60s SF psychedelia.
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zappahead said...

Thank you for sharing this album...never hesrd of them before but they sound interesting from your write up....cheers.

the family cat said...

I think they were on Elektra in the 60s

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