bill bissett - Awake In Th Red Desert (LP)
Much needed reissue of a historical and way-too-little-known album by Canadian poet-provocateur Bill Bissett and his gang of West Coast pranksters. Remember this guy was Jack Kerouac’s favourite poet? Worth it for the spoken word and Simon Fraser Electronic Music Studio tracks alone, but for those of you coming from a but Further afield, maybe Byron Coley’s words will help guide you:
“Bissett was a sound/concrete poet of high repute when this was recorded, and he was also something akin to the king of the Vancouver underground scene. The original album was issued by Jim Brown's See/Hear label, which Brown founded as an adjunct to his Talon Books imprint. Backed by a band of interesting musicians (a few of whom went on to straighter afterlives), bissett created an insane mass of sound, comparable to what Mayo Thompson's Red Crayola was doing in Texas around the same time, laced with heavy Fugs overtones. Pure freaked sonics, created while stoned, for an audience that was similarly blasted, and was willing to decode what was going on using the very best acid logic available. Hard for me to describe how much I love this album. And I will attest that this version sounds better than any other available version ever has or could. It is jacked. Nice detailed liner notes by Alex Moskos set the scene as well as anyone ever will, and if you don't feel your teeth wiggling while this plays, I suggest you may never feel that particular feeling. In your life. bill bissett is still going today, and we heartily suggest that anyone who digs this album runs out and tries to nail down one or another of his wonderful books before the sun sets."
Release by Unknown Province / Feeding Tube