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Mu - The Band From The Lost Continentdotdotdot
artworkMu was born of noble extraction for sure. From the liner notes: "The band Mu was formed in 1969 when Merrill Fankhauser's band H.M.S. Bounty disbanded and Jeff Cotton left Captain Beefheart's (Magic) Band. Larry Willey and Randy Wilmer, former bandmates from the Exiles (Fankhauser's band after the demise of the Impacts), joined Fankhauser and Cotton and Mu was born. This release is comprised on one disc recorded in February 1971 at Wally Heider in LA, and another disc from in February 1974 recorded in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii. 31 tracks in all, with most being melodic harmony tracks, plus 4 fine Jeff Cotton instros. On it's face, you might think of it as hippy retro, but that is much too short a view. There's some splendid writing and playing here, and in the right mood, some beautiful music.
Picks: Too Naked For Demetrius, The Interlude, Haleakala, The Awakening

Track by Track Review


Too Naked For Demetrius dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

An inventive and slightly bluesy instrumental with fine drumming and an unusual melody line. There's a progressive feel, a picturesque soundscape of island mystery, and a tweaky jazzy aquatic edge. Written by Jeff Cotton.

The Interlude dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

"The Interlude" is just what its title claims, a soft separation between elements of this disc. At least, that's the case before the dissonant Beefheartian percussion and chords drop in. Angular and jugular. Written by Jeff Cotton.

Haleakala dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

This is a gutty Jeff Cotton instro with long floating bass notes and slide guitar magic. Mathematical and angular, and relatively unmelodic, it nonetheless has the kind of attraction that a smoother Beefheart track might have.

The Awakening dotdotdot
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

This long floating piece is calming and yet a little edgy. The slide guitar is silky smooth and the playful slow backtrack gives it a country feel. A warm summer afternoon is the scene at hand. Another Jeff Cotton instro.