Rain Falls In Grey
[CD : Released August 2007 : Cuneiform Records : RUNE 256]
Perhaps best known for electronic space music for keyboards, electronics and guitars, here Radio Massacre International have expanded greatly upon their usual sound and also
use conventional rock instrumentation to create a sincere and moving tribute to Syd Barrett, and in doing so, manage to capture some of the psychedelic magic of 1967-1968. This
album features a really striking cover by Daevid Allen, which is also a homage to Syd. "This album is our way of saying goodbye and thanks to a genuine one-off. His passing had
an unexpectedly profound effect, despite the fact that he hadn't been near a guitar in more than 30 years. It forced us to consider what an enormous influence he was, despite
his space-age ascendancy and equally rapid burnout. He picked up a zippo lighter, invented glissando guitar and incorporated non-musical sounds into the context of the new
psychedelic movement that had hardly had time to leave the conformity of Rhythm & Blues behind. His creation was a particularly English take on what we now call 'rock'...and for
those of us engaged in experimental or space rock, the debt is enormous."
1. Rain Falls In Grey... (17.11)
2. Bett'r Day-s (11.45)
3. Shut Up (4.56)
4. Syd (2:46)
5. Emissary (8.44)
6. Legacy (3.34)
7. ...Far Away (10.58)
Martin Archer : Sopranino, Alto & Baritone Saxes, Bass Clarinet, Bass Recorder
Cyndee Lee Rule : Electric Violin
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M21-07.05.11 is Radio Massacre International's first DVD release. The concert in Chorlton (two years to the day as I write), was generally regarded by those in the know as one of RMI's finest performances to
date. Filmed with three cameras, and using split screen effects, it presents an exciting representation of a magical night in the wonderful surroundings of St Clement's Church. Musically it captures the band
at the height of their improvisational powers, and also incorporates two specially written themes, woven into the improvised sets.
The concert was available in a desk mix as an mp3 'virtual ticket', but here it has been re-mixed from multitrack into 5.1 surround sound audio. The soundtrack will not be available in other formats, so this
DVD represents the definitve document of the evening's 2 hour performance.