Day 13

July 19th 2018

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.

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