Oct 26 10
Paul Horn, Inside II
File Between: Herbie Mann and library music
Comments: Apparently at one point Paul Horn was a respected jazz flautist. Also apparently his Inside series of records were supposed to be mystical journeys into the heart of spiritual power, recorded at various temples and holy places around the world. But listening to the record without that backstory gave me the impression of a pretentious flautist locked in a studio for weeks with nothing to keep him company but a pile of shrooms and a sound effects record. The lengthy side-long suite “The Mahabhutas (Elements)” at least maintained a modicum of interest through its conceit of aurally representing earth, fire, water and air; the other side, with its disconnected fragments of double-tracked piping, nearly put me to sleep. Which isn’t a bad goal for a record to have; I just don’t think it was Horn’s.
A Keeper? The sound effects would jolt me awake too much for it to be a lullaby record, and there’s nothing else there to interest me.
Vinyl Rip: Mass: Kyrie