Day 13 here at the SydArthur Festival. Let’s take advantage of that mysterious number to unleash a right old pagan onslaught in the form of ‘Raider’. Never off our turntable since 1981, this slab of supercool West Coast barn-dance was a product of the mighty union of two underground stars. Judy Henske was managed by Zappa manager Herb Cohen and a longtime protege of Mr Elektra, Jac Holzman. Teaming up with arranger/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Jerry Yester, best known for his orchestral work on Tim Buckley’s GOODBYE AND HELLO, the resulting album FAREWELL ALDEBARAN was released on Zappa’s Straight label. Although too eclectic to really showcase the depth of Judy’s amazing voice, the album still reaches several high points – the monolithic gravel blues of ‘Snowblind’ sounds like Sabbath playing the Plastic Ono Band, while ‘Raider’, today’s choice du jour, is the kind of rustic knees-up that would make Neil Young proud.