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Paralyzed Mind of the Archangel Void” (UK - Big Cat 90 CD, US V2/Big Cat 80090 CD)
A classic experimental album of epic proportions, “Paralyzed Mind of the Archangel Void” consists of ONE track, which runs to 41:40 minutes, recorded live at the Rhinecliff Hotel in upstate New York in 1995. It was initially released in 1995 as a limited edition of 500 copies, available in Germany, France, Benelux, Scandinavia. It was then given a limited re-release on CD in October 1997 in the UK and Eire. It also turned up on Big Cat in the States in ‘95, was kinda lost and unavailable for a while, and then resurfaced in ‘98 when it was re-released by V2.

On the album, the band freed themselves from the constraints of the standard rock form and produced a work that reflects their interest in avant-garde and improvised music. It contains echoes of German experimentalists like Faust and Guru Guru, as well as of Sun Ra and the early electronic explorations of Morton Subotnik. Starts out sweetly enough, then builds and builds, until finally arriving at a sublime conclusion. It’s been noted that the lyrics were basically lifted from an old blues (?) number.

Said Jonathan: “It’s mostly instrumental, but there’s some vocals on the beginning of it, it’s me singing. Basically, what it is, is most of Mercury Rev, that you see up there , were trying to kill a Friday night in the mountains, got really wasted and wandered down to a local Civil War bar. They needed an opening band, so we brought some old analog effects with us and some guitars and just whooped up whatever we were doing for, like, forty minutes and stopped. Somebody had a tape, figuring it was y’know, Mercury Rev, so they sorta recorded it shittily.”

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    L'Apocalypse des Animaux...really brilliant! recalls to my the haunting textures of such Rev masterpieces as "Deadman" and foreshadows the excellent Hello Blackbird soundtrack. Anything these guys touch is magic!

    19 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Zeppledelin

    The gig at ATP was mindblowing.

    10 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Mario_Tennis

    my paralyzed mind of the archangel void cd came in the mail today! WOO

    23 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Mario_Tennis

    HOLY FUCK THAT MAN HAS HIS FINGER IN HIS FACE harmony rockets are awesome-0

    29 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Verdna

    Paralyzed Mind of the Archangel Void is amazing, and it's great music to work to.

    4 Aug 2006 Reply

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