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CHIP KINMAN

THE GREAT CONFRONTATION

IN THE RED


Format: 2xLPs
Cata No: ITR363
Barcode: 759718536317
Format: CD
Cata No: ITR363CD
Barcode: 759718536324
“Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus is attributed with the quote
‘The only constant in life is change’ and nothing sums up Chip
Kinman’s latest creation—or his entire career—quite as well.
Like each of Chip’s musical incarnations, The Great Confrontation
seemingly has no connection whatsoever to the work that preceded
it...unless the listener is savvy enough to spot the deeply buried but
always present through lines.
“The tracks on this album are wildly alien in every applicable sense
of the word. The opener, ‘Let’s Go, Dark Shark’ sets the scene with
drippy, space age chirping that slowly degenerates into slo-mo sludge
like an astronaut running out of oxygen. ‘Ciao Raggazzi’—not to be
confused with Jay And The Americans’ ‘Good Bye Boys, Good Bye
(Ciao Raggazzi, Ciao)’ is a derailing train of a song. The vocals are
spoken in Italian and presumably, snatches of conversation sampled
from a Mafia crime film.
‘Speaking of crimes, Chip murders a couple of standards in
cold blood purely for his own amusement. Both are traditional and
absolutely unrecognizable. ‘Round About Danny’ is his take on the
Irish ballad ‘Danny Boy’, written in 1913 and recorded relentlessly
through the years by everyone from Judy Garland to Conway Twitty.
The other’s a gospel hymn, ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’, originally
performed by The Carter Family in the 1920s.
“Imagine both songs sans vocals, filtered through a particle
accelerator beam shot by a rogue robot from a 1950’s sci-fi B movie.
Then pretend they got reinterpreted by a hippie in a ratty flea market
cape who borrowed a Moog synthesizer so he could emulate Rick
Wakeman from the prog rock band Yes. The hippie not only had no
working knowledge of playing a synthesizer, he was tripping his
brains out on Owsley’s premium LSD.
“This album is all a huge departure from anything he’s ever
done—but for Chip, that’s normal. I’m sure of this because I’ve
known him since 1977, witnessing all his musical mutations and in
many cases, the sources that inspired him to prolifically create original, cohesive and boundary-pushing sounds. As the old saying goes,
what he’s done consistently is often imitated but never replicated.”
—Pleasant Gehman 

Tracks:

1. Let?s Go, Dark Shark
2. The Great Confrontation
3. Golden Robot
4. My Predominantly White Family
5. The Abolition Of The Concept Of
Performance
6. Ciao Raggazzi
7. San Francisco Fog 1977
8. Round About Danny
9. I Can Count To 19
10. Pop Become Art Become Pop
11. Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Press:

Debut solo album by roots rock guitarist,
known for his work with his brother
Tony Kinman in The Dils, Rank and File,
Blackbird and Cowboy Nation

 

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