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Artist: NACE,BILL/CHARLES PLYMELL
Title: Apocalypse Rose
Format: LP
Label: Open Mouth
Country: USA
Price: $32.00
Heavy-weight letter pressed sleeve in an edition of 150 numbered copies. "Charley recites Apocalypse Rose on side A, side B is Bill Nace doing a piece of music inspired by the poem" - Open Mouth. "Auerhahn Press, a printing house identified with the mid-20th century San Francisco poetry scene, first published Apocalypse Rose in 1967. Its author, Charles Plymell, was involved in all manner of Bay Area cultural and chemical shenanigans, but hes still alive, and theres something about hearing the doings of a previous century related in an octogenarians cracked voice that gets you right there. An opening line about a jukebox and shout-outs to Chet Baker and Hank Williams thread music through the piece, so it makes sense that it would end up tethered to music, however tenuously. Bill Nace first recorded his contribution to this LP for a 3” CD stuck inside a pocketbook edition of Apocalypse Rose published by the French imprint Lenke Lente, and if youre budget-minded youll save yourself some change by tracking that edition down; with only 150 pressed, this is being treated more like an art object than a record and priced accordingly. But then you wont get to hear Plymells voice, nor will you hear the substantially difference between the LP and CD versions of Naces music. The music itself is identical, and it is simplicity itself, just a loop of a couple strums and a drumbeat which Nace gradually eqs into a quiet symphony of bass throbs and cricket chirps. The vinyl brings out the bass, transforming a message from the radio ether into a song from a distant swamp." - Bill Meyer.

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