The Golden Palominos – A History 1982-1985 – Cassette
A History 1982-1985 is a compilation album by the American experimental rock band The Golden Palominos. Released in 1989, the album provides a retrospective look at the band’s early years, showcasing their innovative sound and collaborative approach to music-making.
Covering the first three years of the Golden Palominos, A HISTORY VOLUME ONE is both more musically jarring and arguably more satisfying than the companion A HISTORY VOLUME TWO. This album anthologizes only two records, 1983’s THE GOLDEN PALOMINOS and 1985’s VISIONS OF EXCESS, subtracting one song from the first.
The Golden Palominos, led by drummer and composer Anton Fier, served as a musical collective featuring a rotating lineup of talented musicians. The band’s sound defied categorization, incorporating elements of rock, funk, jazz, and avant-garde experimentation.
A History 1982-1985 includes tracks from the band’s first three studio albums: “The Golden Palominos” (1983), “Visions of Excess” (1985), and “Blast of Silence” (1986). The compilation captures the band’s evolution during this period, from their early forays into experimental rock to their more refined and eclectic compositions.
The two albums could not sound more different. For their first album, the Palominos made muscular avant funk, jagged, noisy, and uncompromising. Their second is smoky roots-rock, with a heavy guitar jangle and guest stars ranging from John Lydon and Michael Stipe to Richard Thompson and Matthew Sweet. A cover of Moby Grape’s “Omaha” and the Stipe-led “Clustering Train” are spectacular highlights, but “Buenos Aires” and “Kind of True,” the two songs debuting Syd Straw, who would become the Palominos’ official lead singer on the next album, are equally fantastic.
The album features collaborations with various notable artists, including Michael Stipe of R.E.M., John Lydon of Public Image Ltd., Richard Thompson, and others. Each track on “A History 1982-1985” highlights the band’s ability to seamlessly blend different musical styles and create a unique sonic tapestry.
From the atmospheric and brooding “Omaha” to the pulsating funk-rock of “Hot Seat,” the album showcases the band’s versatility and their willingness to push the boundaries of conventional rock music. Other standout tracks include the hauntingly beautiful “Boy (Go)” and the hypnotic groove of “Only One Party.”
A History 1982-1985 serves as a testament to The Golden Palominos’ innovative approach to music-making and their ability to assemble a diverse cast of musicians to create compelling and genre-defying music. The album provides a snapshot of the band’s formative years and is a must-listen for fans of experimental rock and alternative music.
A History 1982-1985 is a captivating compilation that showcases The Golden Palominos’ adventurous spirit and their contribution to the alternative music landscape of the 1980s. It remains a valuable document of the band’s early years and a testament to their musical creativity and innovation.
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1. Hot Seat
2. Under The Cap
3. Monday Night
6. Two Sided Fist
7. Boy (Go)
8. Clustering Train
10. Animal Speaks, The
11. Silver Bullet
12. True, (Kind Of)
13. Buenos Aires
14. Only One Party