Terry Riley, soprano sax, time-lag accumulator
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).