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Transvalue / Book 3: The '58 Retractable Hardtop
Album:Book 3: The '58 Retractable Hardtop Collection:Jazz
Artist:Transvalue Added:05/2008
Label:Thank You 

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Add Date:2008-06-15 Pull Date:2008-08-17 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:17 Aug27 Jul13 Jul6 Jul29 Jun22 Jun
Airplays:111211

Recent Airplay
1.Sat, 12 Nov 11:Eme O
Music Casserole
4.Fri, 11 Jul 08:Fo
No Cover, No Minimum
2.Fri, 15 Aug 08:Wedge
Memory Select
5.Fri, 04 Jul 08:Fo
No Cover, No Minimum
3.Fri, 25 Jul 08:Fo
No Cover, No Minimum
6.Wed, 02 Jul 08:Soy Ricardo
Emphysema For Emphasis

Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2008-06-14 
TRANSVALUE: Book III – The ’58 Retractable Hardtop
Thankyou, 2007

Gonzo mix of beat poetry and avant-garde jazz out of LA, with some great players. Chuck Britt growls out humorous, angry or philosophical poems (many about family or crises of the self) with gusto, and the band is all over the place. There’s more than a touch of Frank Zappa in here... it’s weird and wild and wonderful, how can you not love it?

Simply awesome. Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10

1. 3:14 – strange poem over blasting tango fanfare
2. 17:03 – the magnum opus: a great story over big-band jazz swirls, ominous grooves, cheesy ‘50s retro, modern classical, circus music... wow.
3. 7:14 – self-reflective poem with “hummingbird” over slouching ballad
4. 5:47 – piano spars with alto sax, then a love poem of sorts w/cheesy vox
5. 3:53 – angry anti-war poem within dark, heavy march with fuzz bass
6. 11:27 – theatrical, with multiple vocalists & ever-changing musical settings
7. 4:37 – serious poem over fatigued sax/trombone dialogue;
8. 5:41 – poem about dance (or is it?), as band bounces from style to style
9. 3:00 – FCC (“fucking”) another father/son poem over abstract electronics
10. 8:05 – surreal poem, band is bursting with optimism; long drum solo
11. 6:56 – Chuck sings! Or warbles, anyway... it’s a ballad.

[ Fo ] 14-Jun-08


Track Listing
1.Not Knowing 6.Wedding Song
2.The '58 Retractable Hardtop 7.The Father
3.I Have These Tears 8.Of Dancers
4.Frances Cheeks 9.For Alec From Pappy
5.Wars For The Numb (01-21-91) 10.The New Day
 11.The Kissing Song