Parallelograms (album)

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Parallelograms
Linda Perhacs-Parallelograms.jpg
Studio album by Linda Perhacs
Released 1970
Recorded 1969–1970
Genre Psychedelic folk
Length 41:02
Label Kapp Records (original)
The Wild Places (1998 and 2003 reissues)
Sunbeam Records (2008 reissue)
Mexican Summer/Sundazed Records (2010 reissue)
Anthology Recordings (2014 reissue)
Producer Leonard Rosenman
Linda Perhacs chronology
Parallelograms
(1970)
The Soul of All Natural Things
(2014)The Soul of All Natural Things2014
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 8.6/10[2]
The Sydney Morning Herald (favorable)[3]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars[4]
Uncut 5/5 stars[5]

Parallelograms is an album by American psychedelic folk singer Linda Perhacs.[6] It was produced by Leonard Rosenman. Her first and, until the release of The Soul of All Natural Things in 2014, only album, it was all but completely ignored when originally released on Kapp Records in 1970. Discouraged by the lack of commercial attention and the label's reluctance to promote the album, Perhacs returned to her career as a dental hygienist.[7] In the 30 or so years that followed, the album gradually developed a cult following.

Folk label The Wild Places, which first reissued the album from an vinyl source in 1998, spent two years attempting to find Perhacs before contacting her in 2000, leading to a reissue of Parallelograms on CD and double LP in 2003. The reissue was sourced from tapes in Perhacs' personal collection, vastly improving on the sound quality of the original pressing, and added six bonus tracks of various demos and session outtakes. Sunbeam Records again reissued the album in 2008, adding two bonus tracks, the previously unreleased 1978 song "I Would Rather Love" and an excerpt of a 2005 BBC interview.

Parallelograms was reissued again on vinyl by both Mexican Summer and Sundazed Records in 2010, and by Anthology Recordings in 2014.[8]

The song "Hey, Who Really Cares" was written as the theme song for the short-lived 1970 ABC drama Matt Lincoln, starring Vince Edwards, which ran for a half-season. Perhacs co-wrote the song with composer Oliver Nelson, who had been making music for numerous television shows at the time. The song was recorded for the show by the band God's Children, a short-lived collaboration between Ray Jimenez and Willie Garcia, previously both members of Thee Midniters, and released by Uni Records as a single under the title "Hey, Does Somebody Care". "Hey, Who Really Cares" was covered by R&B group the Whispers on their 1971 debut album, The Whispers' Love Story, and that version was later sampled by U.S. rap artist the Notorious B.I.G. in his song "Niggas Bleed", released on his posthumous 1997 album Life After Death. The Perhacs recording was itself sampled by UK rap artist Lowkey in his song "Who Really Cares", which appeared on his 2009 compilation album Uncensored.

The song "If You Were My Man" was featured in the 2007 film Daft Punk's Electroma.

The song "Chimacum Rain" was sampled by Prefuse 73 for the track "Rain Edit (Interlude)" from the 2005 album Surrounded by Silence, and by Jadakiss for his song "Rain", released on his 2015 Top 5 Dead or Alive album.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed and written by Linda Perhacs, except where noted.

  1. "Chimacum Rain" - 3:33
  2. "Paper Mountain Man" - 3:13
  3. "Dolphin" - 2:56
  4. "Call of the River" - 3:51
  5. "Sandy Toes" - 3:00
  6. "Parallelograms" - 4:36
  7. "Hey, Who Really Cares?" (Perhacs/Nelson) - 2:44
  8. "Moons and Cattails" - 4:09
  9. "Morning Colors" - 4:48
  10. "Porcelain Baked Cast Iron Wedding" - 4:01
  11. "Delicious" - 4:08

Bonus tracks (reissue):

  1. "If You Were My Man (Demo)" - 3:30
  2. "If You Were My Man (Studio)" - 2:59
  3. "Hey, Who Really Cares? (With Intro)" - 3:01
  4. "Chimacum Rain (Demo)" - 3:45
  5. "Spoken Intro to Leonard Rosenman" - 2:19
  6. "Chimacum Rain (Demo With Sounds)" - 4:13

2008 Sunbeam Records reissue only:

  1. "BBC Interview" - 5:52
  2. "I Would Rather Love" - 3:06

Personnel[edit]

  • Linda Perhacs - vocals, guitar, electronic effects, arranger
  • Leonard Rosenman - electronic effects, arranger, producer
  • Steve Cohn - lead guitar (6-string, 12-string, electric), arranger
  • John Neufield - flute, saxophone
  • Milt Holland, Shelley Mann - percussion
  • Reinie Press - electric bass, Fender guitar
  • "Tommy" - harmonica
  • Brian Ingoldsby - amplified shower hose for horn effects (01)
  • "Fleetfoot" of Laurel Canyon - guitar (19)

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