CAROL 1628-2 Stuntman
Produced by Edgar Froese
Released on 1979
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CAROL 1628-2 cover  

I ’m in one of my “Edgar Froese is a musical genius” moods, so you’ll have to forgive me. Yesterday I was in a “Fluorescent light bulbs are a work of genius” mood. (So many geniuses, so little time.) My fancy for Froese didn’t spark out of the blue but from listening to Stuntman for several weeks now. And I’ve come to the conclusion (or crept up on the conclusion and am now poking it with a stick to test its consistency) that Stuntman is a work of natural music genius. Now you noticed the “natural,” didn’t you? That’s my way of saying that Stuntman doesn’t try any new tricks. New songs, sure, but they flow from the same creative spring that fed Force Majeure, Tangram and the Tangerine Dream works from this period. Like Aqua before it, Stuntman aligns with contemporary TD. It’s an extension of his musical expression at the moment rather than a departure from it. (Okay, I think I beat that point to death.) So I listen to a “Stuntman” or “Drunken Mozart in the Desert” and it’s like sneaking into the museum basement at night or hopping a fence to find a walled garden (or like buying a compact disc for fifteen bucks and sitting on my butt and listening to it, if I really wanted to embellish). As much as I like Phaedra and Rubycon, they were a little static (I thought). Beginning with Stratosfear, the band began to paint with smaller strokes and more color. Stuntman is Edgar Froese with a full paint box, a brush in each hand, replicating (with perhaps a bit less precision) the music of Force Majeure and Tangram. These songs are more than sketches from the same creative period, they’re finished paintings. And the more I listen to it, the more I see the genius in its handiwork: the sounds, the melodies, the mastery of mood, the cold nurturing bosom of analog synth wrapped tight around its electronic soul like a, well, like a fluorescent bulb.

TRACK LISTING

  1. STUNTMAN    4:13
  2. IT WOULD BE LIKE SAMOA    10:40
  3. DETROIT SNACKBAR DREAMER    6:26
  4. DRUNKEN MOZART IN THE DESERT    9:55
  5. A DALI-ESQUE SLEEP FUSE    8:26
  6. SCARLET SCORE FOR MESCALERO    4:12

    All titles written by Edgar Froese

CREDITS

EDGAR FROESE -- electric analog and digital equipment, grand piano, engineer, mixing
Eduard Meyer -- mixing engineer
Monique Froese -- sleeve photographs

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
GER 1979 Virgin LP 201 036 320  
UK 1979 Virgin LP V2139 picture sleeve
US 1979 Virgin Int'l LP VI 2139  
FRA 1979 Virgin LP 2933 789  
UK   Virgin LP OVED-21  
UK   Virgin CD CDV 2139  
US   Caroline CD CAROL 1628  
US April 25, 2006 United States of Distribution CD 726 different cover

 

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