Amanita (album)

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Amanita
Bardopondamanita.jpg
Studio album by Bardo Pond
ReleasedApril 3, 1996
Genre
Length
  • 74:11 (CD/cassette)
  • 81:45 (vinyl)
Label
Producer
  • J. Cox
  • Bardo Pond
Bardo Pond chronology
Bufo Alvarius
(1995)
Amanita
(1996)
Lapsed
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press5/5[2]

Amanita is the second studio album by American rock band Bardo Pond, released on April 3, 1996.[3] It was released as a single CD and cassette on Matador Records, their first release on the label,[4] and as a double vinyl LP on Drunken Fish Records with 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.

Background[edit]

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.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Isobel Sollenberger; all music composed by Bardo Pond (Isobel Sollenberger, Michael Gibbons, John Gibbons, Clint Takeda, and Joe Culver).

CD and cassette editions[3]
  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
Vinyl edition
  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. "Clean Sweep" – 3:53
  8. "Yellow Turban" – 7:38
  9. "Rumination" – 6:22
  10. "Be a Fish" – 4:42
  11. "Tapir Song" – 7:32
  12. "Brambles" – 3:41
  13. "RM" – 9:18

Personnel[edit]

Bardo Pond
  • Isobel Sollenberger – lead vocals, flute
  • Michael Gibbons – guitar, vocals
  • John Gibbons – guitar, vocals
  • Clint Takeda – bass[4]
  • Joe Culver – drums, vocals
Additional personnel
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • J. Cox – production, engineering
  • David Frank – engineering (assistant)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Amanita – Bardo Pond". AllMusic. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "Bardo Pond: Amanita". Alternative Press (95): 69. June 1996.
  3. ^ a b "Amanita." Amazon. 2008. 26 Sept. 2008 <https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000036VG
  4. ^ a b "Bardo Pond." Mywire. 1 Feb. 2007. 26 Sept. 2008 <http://www.mywire.com/a/Muze//631797?extID=10051>.
  5. ^ 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> Archived May 3, 2005, at the Wayback Machine..