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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Legend of Vocal Exotica: Miriam Burton- African Lament (1961)


I did a post on this one four (!) years ago when Sleepy Lagoon was blessedly still active and had just posted a link on his site.  Sad to say, it's gone now.  Anyway, I played a few selections from this dazzling record on the radio show last week, and as a result got a few messages from folks in fruitless search for a live link.  I thought it might be wise to make a new post with a fresh link.  So here you are.

African Lament is a tremendous piece of work, one of those classically, formally exotica records that has a weird aura of specialness to it, a whiff of profound uniqueness without any radical digression, like Magne's Tropical Fantasy or Frank Hunter's White Goddess.  It's also more than likely the best piece of vocal exotica outside of the Yma Sumac ouvre.  Mournful, lush, utterly cinematic and faintly mystical stuff.  Especially tremendous are "Kalahari Bushman," "Apartheid," and the epic"Rites of Passage 1-3."

AFRICAN LAMENT (320)

9 comments:

walkingtrees said...

thanks evan!

burntoutsavannahs said...

thank you as well. seems as if it was just yesterday.

farosanderson said...

Thanks Flash, you are a portal to a whole new world I suspected of being there but never traveled until now.

Chick Vekters said...

Thank you Evan. What a guy.

Your Pal Doug said...

Well your review of the record sure has me intrigued.
Thanks for the introduction to yet another gem.

Gotholia said...

I spend the last 3 days searching for this beauty.. Thank you so much!! Thank you!!!

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Hyde said...

thanks for this one!

11person said...

I first came across this album on Sleepy Lagoon myself and then eventually came across a physical copy at a garage sale. it was one of those finds that leaves you extremely satisfied and I would have never known about it if it werent for that blog or yours. Keep up the good work!