Sunday, September 22, 2013

Kauffman & Caboor - Songs from Suicide Bridge (us 1984)

Kauffman & Caboor - Songs From Suicide Bridge (us 1984)

* David Kauffman - Guitar, Piano, Bass, Vocals.
* Eric Caboor - Guitar, Mandolin, Dulcimer, Vocals.

- Label: Donkey Soul Music ?– DSM101
- Format: Vinyl, LP
- Country: US
- Released: 1984
- Genre: Folk, World, & Country

A1.         Kiss Another Day Goodbye             4:48  
A2.         Neighborhood Blues                        4:00  
A3.         Life Without Love                            5:11  
A4.         Angel Of Mercy                               4:57  
A5.         Life And Times On The Beach        7:55  
B1.         Backwoods                                       8:09  
B2.         Midnight Willie                                6:54  
B3.         Where's The Understanding?           2:09  
B4.         Tinsel Town                                      5:42  
B5.         One More Day (You'll Fly Again)    4:22  

Despite the release year, this is excellent early '70s-sounding melancholic drifter folkrock from California. The top tracks are outstanding and all over this is an above average album that has gained many fans in recent years.Beautiful textured gatefold cover. Will be in the next Acid Archives.
KAUFMANN & CABOOR made 2 more albums under the name DROVERS.

Original 1984 private pressing on Donkey Soul Music (matrix # DSM101).
Very dark and mysterious stoner/loner acid folk LP from this duo of singer-songwriter-guitarists. Instrumentation includes acoustic, electric, slide and steel guitars, mandolin, dulcimer, piano and bass. There are several bursts of psych guitar woven into the compositions.

The epic "Life and Times on the Beach" makes Lou Reed's Berlin or John Cale's Music for a New Society sound like a day at the beach.

from what little exists on the web about this LP:

"Excellent Folk Duo. Really A Very Special LP Filled With A Dark And Desperate Sense Of Urgency And Melancholy, Some Burning Electric Guitar Parts Here And There To Heighten The Intensity. A Very Unique And Brilliant LP!!! Very Highly Recommended!!!!"

(mid-80's U.S. privat-release of top of the heap loner-downer Singer-Songwriter album by 2 californian guys charming 'em knots 'n plots of mere existential ties, straining 'em poetic whiskers for basic clues ... the way any other's mynd surely fries ... but David & Eric seem to have paid some honest dues!! it's americana Folk 'w/ spills of ramblin' Blues, nightmarish epistles, roses of woe, shreds of euphoric potion, words 'n strings in motion, thorns 'n thistles breakin' eyes in the frozen laughter of a drunkard's whayl dodgin' society's hayl ... a looming cross but no hammer 'n nail ... mostly acoustic strummin' w/ some eerie fuzz-tone switched on somewhere...; quite an exeptional piece and a real find in this field!! the duo went on to release 2 albums as THE DROVERS some miles furthur down the line ... be sure to check these out too!!)

Eric Caboor and David Kauffman were two hapless mid-80s LA singer songwriters who liked each other’s songs and who played to tiny audiences for free at places like the Basement in Echo Park. The Basement (literally a basement of a church) had one microphone round which the duo would sit and sing, making fun of themselves in between numbers. They were hilarious; the audience always took it for masterful schtick. After all, the songs (which they played and sang very well) were completely undeserving of their authors’ insults. The greater the audience, however, the more comical their self-loathing. I shared the bill with them a few times, splitting the fee 50/50. Backstage they revealed how they simply could not understand why anybody could enjoy a collection of songs that would soon be released under the title Songs From Suicide Bridge. That’s what I mean by hapless. In this instance, it is a synonym for authentic.

The album was recorded at Eric’s house on a four-track cassette port-a-studio and mixed at the late great Hillside Recording by Norman Stepanski. “He saved our project, man,” Eric told me when I had a project that also needed saving.

They should have gone Somewhere, these two. They were intense. They had talent. Hopefully it’s at least some solace that SFSB is now a highly sought collectors item.
 ~ CollectorsFrenzy.

Download Links:
Kauffman & Caboor - Songs from Suicide Bridge (us 1984).rar


Anonymous said...

It was funny to see this post. I bought this album in 1984 for .25 from the discard bin. I didn't know who they were but I loved it and still listen to it. Did not know the album was rare, glad I still have my copy. Thanks for posting.

Only Good Song said...

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Anonymous said...

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