Peak Impressions

Peak Impressions

by FreeborneFreeborne


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The Freeborne's sole album is, in common with the mildly better-known '60s Boston psychedelic bands who comprised the Bosstown Sound, something of a goulash of then-trendy underground rock crosscurrents. It's not quite a ghoulish goulash, but it's not too tasty either, though they come up with some nice minor-key vocal harmonies. The record sounds like it was steeped in many listening sessions to the most popular psychedelic records of 1967, particularly the Doors' first album, Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow, and the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper. Also at work are some jazz, classical, and raga influences, albeit of the sort by young musicians just getting to grips with those forms. The flaws of the album are that there aren't outstanding songs, and that the mood shifts seem more like an attempt to be as eclectic as possible than they do like genuinely well-thought-out compositional statements. The overall spacey, haunting feel of the record sometimes verges on self-conscious creepiness. It's embroidered by novel use of recorder, cello, harpsichord, and trumpet from time to time, though electric organ in the mold of the Doors or Country Joe & the Fish is more prominent, as is California psychedelia-influenced guitar. The CD reissue on Distortions adds bonus tracks of marginal worth: the mono 45 version of "Images," and a "stereo mix #2" of "Land of Diana."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2014
Label: Arf Arf
UPC: 0737835510328
catalogNumber: 103
Rank: 43522

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Freeborne   Primary Artist
Bob Margolin   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Halter   Trumpet
Aaron Smith   Drums
Nick Carstoiu   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Dave Codd   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Sampling

Technical Credits

Bob Margolin   Composer
Erik Lindgren   Reissue Producer
Gary Burns   Liner Notes
Don Puluse   Engineer
Lou Waxman   Engineer
Spiros   Composer
Babbitt   Composer
Barry Greenglass   Composer
Richard Smith   Cover Art
Nick Carstoiu   Composer
Dave Codd   Composer

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