Alvarius B. – Blood Operatives Of The Barium Sunset

January 01, 1970

(Abduction)

 

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Experimental
rock icon and former Sun City Girl Alan Bishop revisits one of his finest works
as a solo act working under the moniker Alvarius B. with the long overdue
re-release of his brilliant out-of-print 2005 LP Blood Operatives Of The
Barium Sunset.

 

Originally
issued as an extremely limited edition vinyl release on the Girls’ home label
Abduction Records, Sunset is considered to be the most accessible album
of the Al B. canon. Backed by a veritable supergroup of out-rock that includes
avant-violinist Eyvind Kang, modern metal sound guru Randall Dunn and his
brother and fellow SCG alum Sir Richard Bishop, this 11-song output found
Alvarius offering a psychedelic folk-blues fever dream that cooks up a strange
brew of moody tenacity culled from obscure elements of Kurt Weill, Frank Zappa,
Ennio Morricone and 70s-era Leonard Cohen as heard on tracks like “Evil
Next To Blue”, “Slim 293” and “Sometimes Like A Man”.
He also offers an intriguing pair of covers in unique renditions of the folk
standard “Shenandoah” and a variation on an originally intended them
written by Italian composer Fabio Frizzi for Andy Warhol’s Dracula entitled
“Dracula Frizzi”.

 

No
bonus tracks to mention on Abduction’s CD debut of Sunset, but the label
does an outstanding job as always on the packaging front, giving the album a
becoming 21st century makeover replete with a tri-fold digipak packaging
highlighting the record’s striking skull collage cover art as well as including
a booklet containing Bishop’s lyrics.

 

Here’s
hoping 2012 will see Mr. Bishop delivering some new material under the Alvarius
B. pseudonym and continue to make his prominence felt as deftly as he did
earlier in 2011 with the outstanding and grossly underrated Baroque
Primitiva
. Perhaps another all-instrumental affair in the vein his
self-titled 1994 solo debut is in order?

 

DOWNLOAD: “Evil Next To Blue”, “Slim
293”, “Dracula Frizzi”, “Sometimes Like A Man” RON
HART

 

 

 

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