Monday, October 01, 2007

The National Gallery - Performing Musical Interpretations Of The Paintings Of Paul Klee (1968)




The National Gallery - Performing Musical Interpretations Of The Paintings Of Paul Klee (1968)

Literally an 'art-rock' concept album from Cleveland, inspired by the works of artist Paul Klee (1879-1940) and complete with a glossy leaflet with lyrics and pictures of some of his paintings.

A fusion of harmonious folk, pop and avant garde with some psychy touches, culminating in its most memorable track Long Hair Soulful with stoned vocals and acid-etched guitar. This had been released on 45 in 1967 in an abridged form and credited to Bhagavad Gita, backed by an instrumental version of the same (Philips 40485, with PS). The instrumental take can be heard on Beyond The Calico Wall CD (not on the LP version).

The musicians themselves don't get a name-check, just a picture - three guys and a gal.

Composers Roger Karshner and Charles Mangione were involved with several other Cleveland area acts and Karshner was manager of one of the city's more successful sixties bands, The Outsiders.

It's worth noting that several tracks on this album were also recorded, in jazzier versions, by the Gap Mangione Trio on the album Diana In The Autumn Wind(GRC 9001) 1968, with Charles Mangione, Steve Gadd and Tony Levin. Mangione kept on recording throughout the seventies, with at least three albums on A&M between 1976 and 1979. (Max Waller)

The National Gallery - Performing Musical Interpretations Of The Paintings Of Paul Klee (1968)



7 comments :

Anton Diffring said...

Outstanding! Many thanks.

alan said...

Hello,

Great site you made here, this lp by the NATIONAL GALLERY is one of the BEST folk-psych lps of the late 60s, the band did release also a single which preceded the lp in '67 under the name THE BHAGAVAD GITA, we have photos, info and in-depth reviews of this band whose identity today still remains a mystery, we also review related obscure bands of this era, all styles, you'll also find inmfo there on the real Bhagavad Gita on the 70s invasion ~

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Jack said...

I can't find this album anywhere. Please, Please repost for a Jamaican friend. I will check for a response in a few days time. Thanks and all the best.

Jack said...

I can't find this album anywhere. Please, Please repost for a Jamaican friend. I will check for a response in a few days time. Thanks and all the best.

rimbaud said...

hi! many thanks for the very great music you put on the site!! please re-post a link for "Musical Interpretations of the paintings of Paul Klee" at my email address
many many thanks bye

rimbaud said...

Hi friends, I finally found the album...wow!! "The National Gallery - Performing Musical Interpretations Of The Paintings Of Paul Klee (1968)"

http://www.filestube.com/d4b2b656bcade31d03e9/details.html

Flabbergast said...

I have this LP. It's a bit silly spilling into awful but it has its moments. Thanks for the info on it though