Thursday, April 19, 2007

Phil Lesh & Ned Lagin -Seastones,LP/CD,1975/1991,USA

Although often uncredited, Ned Lagin played keyboards at a number of the Grateful Dead's live shows between 1970 and 1975. His playing was especially prominent during the Summer and Fall, 1974 tours, when his synthesizer work was allocated its own set between the Grateful Dead's first and second sets. He also appears on the album American Beauty.
He released an album entitled Seastones - Ned Lagin and Phil Lesh in 1975 on Round RX, which was recorded in SQ-Quad. The album was re-released in stereo on CD as Seastones - Ned Lagin on Rykodisc in 1991. The CD includes the original nine-section "Sea Stones" (42:34) from February 1975, and a live, previously unreleased, six-section version (31:05) from December 1975.
Lagin was a pioneer in the development and use in real-time stage and studio performance of minicomputers driving real time digital to analog converters, doing digital signal processing to generate music, in the era before digital synthesizers appeared on the market.
Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Lagin"
SEASTONES explores the mystical connectedness and separateness of all things, inspired by the countless stones and pebbles cast upon the seashore. In the liner notes, Lagin describes the structure of his work: "Expressive musical materials (rhythms, pitches, notes, melodic fragments, harmonic clusters, chord patterns, sung and spoken words) were composed into a score of self-contained but musically connected 'moment-forms' or timescapes, in many ways metaphorically like the wild sea stones on the seashore." Using the most advanced electronic technology of the day, Lagin was nonetheless striving for organic expression. This expanded version features an unreleased 1975 performance of SEASTONES as well as the original studio version.

Nw this is a very weird one!You won't believe your ears that a Grateful Dead member(not to mention other contributors) created such a great experimental electronic LP.Highly Recommended!

get it here

10 comments:

zosa said...

Thanks so much for this classic! Also "appearing" on this recording are Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Spencer Dryden, Grace Slick, and David Crosby

Phil has some good comments here: http://www.philzone.com/leshlinks/seastones.html

Andrew said...

There appears to be some gliches and sound dropouts on the first track (Dec. '75 version). Not sure if that's a problem with the encoding or what it is.

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot for this! but, why wouldn't we believe a "Grateful Dead member created such a great experimental electronic LP"? Forget the 80s/90s image of the Dead, in the 60s and early 70s, they were doing nothing but experimenting... some of those '70/'71 shows are weird jazz/folk/country/rock combinations that are wholly unexpected. Don't sell them short! Especially Phil!

mutantsounds said...

well possibly my fault...i meant to say THIS kind of experimental LP....we have to admit it's many many years ahead of it's time

Anonymous said...

Sorry to report, but the first track is riddled with digital pops and dropouts. Could you please re-do this one? Such a good album. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

has this been fixed yet? I really wanna hear this!!! thanks in advance!

Anonymous said...

On the first day the (~)}: created feedback, on the second day they created seastones, on the third day their was drumz and on the fourth day they created space, and on the last day jerry rested and looked upon his creation

:)

Their is also a show floating around called the "Quadrophonic Sound Experiment" which was a show that Garcia, Hart, Phil, and Kreautzman did in SF on 11-28-73 which i think is the first seastone performance ever which got introduced in 1974 in netween sets

Anonymous said...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-06-23.sbd.matrix-sb21b.chappell.83489.flac16


first live seastones!

Anonymous said...

track 1 skips like crazy - full of dropouts and glitches

Phil Lesh Tickets said...

is this website under construction ???