Amanita (album)

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Amanita
Studio album by Bardo Pond
Released April 1996
Genre Space rock, psychedelic rock
Length 74:12 (CD, cassette)
Label Matador Records (CD, cass.) / Drunken Fish Records (2xLP)
Producer J. Cox and Bardo Pond
Bardo Pond chronology
Bufo Alvarius, Amen 29:15
(1995)
Amanita
(1996)
Lapsed
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Amanita was the second album by Bardo Pond, released on April 3, 1996.[2] It was released as a double vinyl LP on Drunken Fish Records, as well as a single CD and cassette on Matador Records;[3] it was their first release on Matador. (The vinyl version has two bonus tracks.) Counting their four early self-released cassettes, this is the band's sixth or seventh album, but is generally viewed as their third officially-released album.

The album title refers to the highly-toxic Amanita genus of mushrooms, a few of which have hallucinogenic properties. (The pre-release cassette was entitled The High Frequency, causing the album to occasionally still be called this.) "RM" is named after one of the band's father figures and collaborators (as Hash Jar Tempo), New Zealand guitarist Roy Montgomery.

A Drunken Fish mail-order catalog described the album thus:

"As the resin oozes on, sticking everything in its path to the couch, Bardo stumbles into the 2nd phase of a full length zone-out. Limp-lidded guitars are in more abundance than ever, courses are being plotted with the controls set for the heart of the bowl, and somewhere deep inside a 'rock' band has emerged... however baked it may be."

The album was recorded at Studio Red.[4]

All lyrics were written by Isobel Sollenberger, and all music by Bardo Pond.

Track listing (2xLP)[edit]

  1. "Limerick" - 10:21
  2. "Sentence" - 5:08
  3. "Tantric Porno" - 6:13
  4. "Wank" - 5:28
  5. "The High Frequency" - 6:51
  6. "Clean Sweep" (bonus vinyl track)
  7. "Sometimes Words" - 4:38
  8. "Yellow Turban" - 7:38
  9. "Rumination" - 6:22
  10. "Be a Fish" - 4:42
  11. "Tapir Song" - 7:32
  12. "Brambles" (bonus vinyl track)
  13. "RM" - 9:18

Track listing (CD, cassette)[2][edit]

  1. "Limerick" - 10:21
  2. "Sentence" - 5:08
  3. "Tantric Porno" - 6:13
  4. "Wank" - 5:28
  5. "The High Frequency" - 6:51
  6. "Sometimes Words" - 4:38
  7. "Yellow Turban" - 7:38
  8. "Rumination" - 6:22
  9. "Be A Fish" - 4:42
  10. "Tapir Song" - 7:32
  11. "RM" - 9:18

Band personnel[edit]

  • Isobel Sollenberger - Lead Vocals, Flute
  • Michael Gibbons - Guitar, Vocals
  • John Gibbons - Guitar, Vocals
  • Clint Takeda - Bass[3]
  • Joe Culver - Drums, Vocals

Credits[edit]

  • Greg Calbi - Mastering
  • J. Cox - Producer, Engineer
  • David Frank - Assistant Engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b "Amanita." Amazon. 2008. 26 Sept. 2008 <http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000036VG
  3. ^ a b "Bardo Pond." Mywire. 1 Feb. 2007. 26 Sept. 2008 <http://www.mywire.com/a/Muze//631797?extID=10051>.
  4. ^ Gladstone, Neil. "The Needle and the Damage Done: Adam Lasus Speaks about the New Space Needle Album and the End of Studio Red." Citypaper. 30 Jan. 1997. The Philadelphia City Paper. 26 Sept. 2008 <http://www.citypaper.net/articles/012397/article068.shtml>.