*domestic version of jack rose’s new full length, ‘dr. ragtime and his pals’, coupled with a reissue of last years ‘self-titled’ cd/lp housed in a custom designed and fabricated off-set printed card cover with j-card style obi. limited edition of 1000.
The Appalachian Trail runs 2175 miles south from Mount Katahdin in Maine to
Springer Mountain in Georgia, though there are those who want to stretch it
further, into Alabama, because the mountains go there. Why not extend it?
Trails are made for that. But there's another Appalachian Trail, too - one
that goes through time, extending from unfinished studios in Williamsburg,
NY, winding down the grooves of ancient 78's to the 1920's or even earlier,
past Stephen Foster's wet dream to a place beyond the compass of change.
If you're hiking on *that* trail, you're likely to run into a lot of
post-grad Parsifal’s with inscrutable hair and de-tuned banjos - these days,
you can't swing a cat around without hitting one! But if you're lucky, you
might stumble across a clearing somewhere south of Lily Dale, where
revolutionists stop for orangeade and Dr. Ragtime hangs out with his pals.
If you ask him politely, he might offer you a taste of his elixir - made
from codeine, sarsaparilla, and goat-gland extract - guaranteed to restore
memories that never were. And if you're quiet, he might let you stay and
listen to the music: Ethiopian novelties, characteristic marches and parlor
favorites - bittersweet slices of Methodist pie, familiar tunes, at least in
those sections where the square dance has not yet been supplanted by the
And if you have a couple of dimes to rub together in your pocket, you'll
want to purchase his newest, electrically-recorded phonograph recording,
entitled "Doctor Ragtime and his Pals." The Doctor, who hitherto has
recorded only on his own, is joined here by Micah Blue Smaldone (who has
been compared to both Tiny Tim and Kierkegaard), Glenn Jones (of Cul de Sac,
last seen around these parts urging college students to contemplate the
prospect of their own death on a balmy September evening), Michael Gangloff
(late of Pelt and the Black Twig Pickers), Nathan Bowles (also of the Black
Twig Pickers as well as the Spiral Joy Band) and the mysterious Harmonica
Dan (from Pennsauken, New Jersey by way of ethereal caminos).
This release is conjoined with a recording by Jack Rose, the Mike Morgan of
the American minimalist neo-primitive sub-underground. This recording,
entitled "Jack Rose" - previously available to the buying public only in
severely limited forms - is here presented as a bonus to the consumer and
perhaps as an act of folly for the producer.
-- Charles Fourier, Tequila Sunrise Records
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