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Elyse (1968)

Artist: Elyse
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Format: CD
Sku: 60490439
UPC: 656605600123
UPC 14: 00656605600123
Release Date: 7/11/2001
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Last Ditch Protocol ~ Elyse
2. Deed I Do ~ Elyse
3. Iron Works ~ Elyse
4. Spirit Of The Letter ~ Elyse
5. Here In My Heart ~ Elyse
6. Band Of Theives ~ Elyse
7. Sweet Pounding Rhythm ~ Elyse
8. Meet Me At The Station ~ Elyse
9. Simple Minded Harlequin ~ Elyse
10. Painted Raven ~ Elyse
11. Mortuary Bound ~ Elyse
12. If Death Don't Overtake Me ~ Elyse
13. House - (featuring Neil Young) ~ Elyse
14. What You Call It ~ Elyse

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Elyse, Neil Young.
Muze PNote Originally released in the late 1960s.
Muze PNote Personnel: Elyse (vocals); Neil Young (vocals, guitar); Collin Walcott (sitar, tabla).
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Derek Almstead.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Andrew Rieger.
Muze PNote Recording information: 1968.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Role: Joey Newman .
Muze PNote Arranger: Don Gallucci.
Muze PNote Picked up for reissue in 2001 by Orange Twin Records and earmarked as a rediscovered psych-pop classic, this long-overlooked record is primarily composed of quietly plucked acoustic guitars, overlain with Elyse's Elyse Weinberg's hearty vocals, which bear some resemblance to other endearingly hoarse-voiced performers like Janis Joplin and Melissa Etheridge, and her fellow Toronto contemporary, Joni Mitchell. The air of psychedelia is fairly faint, springing up in the mystical traces of sitars that appear in songs like "Deed I Do" and in lyrics that refer to lovers with names like Sir John Velveteen. In its day, sometime in 1968, the record drew praise from many circles and even earned Elyse a spot on The Johnny Carson Show. However, subsequent records were left unreleased and Elyse faded into history. Elyse is lo-fi, in that the record itself is fairly straightforward musically and that, while the release is on CD, one can hear the crackle and hiss of vinyl, perhaps indicating that this reissue was not remastered from the original. However, given the tone of the music, the low-level record noises are a positive thing, adding to the overall feel of this record's vintage status. The quiet acoustics take a back-seat on "Spirit of the Letter," which is a full-on rock song, and somewhat surprisingly, largely better than many of the quieter songs. Perhaps the record's most noteworthy track is "Houses," a gorgeous song about the impossibility of trading places; beautiful on its own, its brilliance is amplified by featured guest Neil Young. The album-closer "What You Call It," and in some ways the album as a whole, brings to mind the longing tone of Jeremy Enigk's sans Sunny Day Real Estate effort, Return of the Frog Queen. ~ Karen E. Graves

Producer: Gene Shiveley; Gene Shiveley

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Neil Young

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/23/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1968
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : OTR 001CD
Music Label Name Label : Orange Twin
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00656605600123

Professional Reviews

CMJ (8/01, p.80)
- "...Elyse's raw, pitch-imperfect voice is [like] Janis Joplin's, with phrasing rooted in post-accident Dylan....The music is even less predictable, with the singer's 6 and 12-string picking pitted against string arrangements, saloon piano and an earthy rhythm section..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Elyse
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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