B000IZJ1ES-01-_SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V38161691_.jpgTerry Riley, soprano sax, time-lag accumulator

Elision Fields

A lot of us have known and loved the original LP of Riley’s Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band, which often was performed in all-night concert sessions. This represents a much expanded performance from the LP, and took place live in concert in the wee hours of the morning during 1968. It was originally released on the Organ of Corti label, so this represents its re-release.

When I first turned it on in my car this morning, it sounded just like the recording, but by the time I hit Philmont Avenue en route to work, it was in an altogether different place, with a lot more material and permutations than was ever on the LP.

The music consists of rhythmic fragments over a drone, that are manipulated by electronic means along with live performance. There are no notes with the album, so I’m relying on what I’ve heard anecdotally over the years. It’s a great album, even if one is already familiar with the original LP. I believe there might have been another version recorded as well, but I do not know that it is available, so this is the best thing out there right now as an archival performance of Poppy Nogood. The sound is excellent, and the length matched my commute perfectly (40 minutes).

5 Responses to “Poppy Nogood & The Phantom Band All Night Flight”
  1. I think this is the reissue of the Corticle Foundation release. An amazing, hypnotic recording.

  2. David Toub says:

    yup—as stated, it’s the organ of corti re-release. It’s an awesome album, and makes one wish it had been released relatively full-length back in the 70’s.

  3. Anthony Cornicello says:

    I love the title – it comes from something Terry’s daughter said to him. I’m not sure how old she was, although I’m guessing 2 or 3; she was mad at something he did, and yelled “Poppy no good!”

    I really like the fact that he remembered that, and titled a piece with the phrase. I know it has nothing to do with the music, but it’s a sweet story.

    DISCLAIMER: I have a daughter who’s a little under 3 years old….

  4. david toub says:

    Anthony, once she learns to say “no,” your life is over.

  5. Reed Streams has also been reissued.

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