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Bang On A Can & Don Byron / A Ballad For Many
Album:A Ballad For Many Collection:General
Artist:Bang On A Can & Don Byron Added:Nov 2006
Label:Cantaloupe Music 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2007-02-04 Pull Date:2007-04-08 
Week Ending:Apr 1Mar 25Feb 18

 Recent Airplay
1.Jul 25, 2017:Waste FM
4.Feb 16, 2007:Memory Select
Integrity, Eugene (part III)
2.Mar 29, 2007:Sunshine ... in the Afternoon
5.Feb 13, 2007:Jena and Gomorrah
3.Mar 23, 2007:Memory Select
Eugene [sections IV - VI]

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2007-01-30 
Liner notes says “its not a rock band, not a jazz combo, not a chamber ensemble. Its all three. Only different.” I’d say that sums it up far better than I can (if anything its more of the latter). Don Byron leads these compositions with clarinet. Piano is probably the next foremost instrument. Bang on a Can is an ongoing project of noted musicians, including Eno and others. This stuff is very composed, very orchestral, cinematic. Reminds me a lot of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic or soundtrack music. Many tracks brief, like tiny acts in a play. Hard to describe, just listen, cuz its very listenable.

1) cinematic, urgent, brief
2) angular but rhythmic
3) brief
4) percussion heavy at first, halting, lots of good strings
5) brief, cartoonish
6) pensive, upbeat, dynamic
7) pensive and busier
8) string/piano heavy
9) brief, spiraling
10 pretty and slow, very nice guitar melodies coming through, a nice respite, grows intense
11) marching drums, feel
12) very classic, Leonard Bernstien’esque composed melody, wow
13) very brief
14) slow passages
15) military march feel, ode to the Tuskegee Airmen
16) brief, looped simple melody gets rich quick
17) more marching beat, military melody feel
18) very brief, sad cello/viola
19) jazzy for sure, some funky guitar in there, swingy funky
20) piano, the only track with voices, man and woman saying town names, stats, gets rockin, louder drumming and some searing guitar, cool!

Track Listing
1.I 11.Integrity
2.Ii 12.Silver Wings
3.Iii 13.Despite A Barrage
4.Iv 14.Explanation
5.V 15.450 Tuskegee Airmen
6.Vi 16.You Can Fly
7.Fyodorovich 17.Finally In 1941
8.Blinky 18.Fortunately
9.Spin 19.Credits
10.Basquiat 20.Show Him Some Lub