JOHN FRUSCIANTE: NIANDRA LADES & USUALLY JUST A T-SHIRT (Ltd.Ed.2LP Gatefold)(SViaduct2017)

SViaduct Records

$49.99 

Limited Edition Double-vinyl LP pressing packaged with old style tip-on gatefold jacket & printed inner sleeves.

The 1st solo record, recorded between 1990 and 1992, the guitarist made a series of 4-track recordings, which at the time were not intended for commercial release. After leaving the band Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1992, Frusciante was encouraged by friends to release the material that he wrote in his spare time during the Blood Sugar Sex Magik sessions.

Originally released on Rick Rubin's American Recordings label in 1994, Niandra LaDes is a mystifying work of tortured beauty. Frusciante plays various acoustic and electric guitars, experimenting with layers of vocals, piano and reverse tape effects. Channeling the ghosts of Syd Barrett and Skip Spence, his lyrics are at once utterly personal and willfully opaque. Frusciante's rapidfire, angular playing shows how key he was in the Chili Peppers' evolution away from their funk-rock roots. His cover of "Big Takeover" perfectly deconstructs the Bad Brains original with laid-back tempo, twelve-string guitar and a fierce handle on melody. The album's second part-thirteen untitled tracks that Frusciante defines as one complete piece, "Usually Just A T-Shirt"-contains several instrumentals featuring his signature guitar style. Sparse phrasing, delicate counterpoint and ethereal textures recall Neu/Harmonia's Michael Rother or The Durutti Column's Vini Reilly. On the front cover, Frusciante appears in 1920s drag-a nod to Marcel Duchamp's alter-ego Rrose Sélavy-which comes from Toni Oswald's film Desert in the Shape.
This first-time vinyl release has been carefully remastered and approved by the artist.

Tracks include:

Niandra Lades:
01 As Can Be
02 My Smile is a Rifle
03 Head (Beach Arab)
04 Big Takeover (Bad Brains cover)
05 Curtains
06 Running Away into You
07 Mascara
08 Been Insane
09 Skin Blues
10 Your P*ssy's Glued to a Building on Fire
11 Blood on My Neck from Success
12 Ten to Butter Blood Voodoo

Usually Just a T-Shirt:
01 Untitled #1
02 Untitled #2
03 Untitled #3
04 Untitled #4
05 Untitled #5
06 Untitled #6
07 Untitled #7
08 Untitled #8
09 Untitled #9
10 Untitled #10
11 Untitled #11
12 Untitled #12
13 Untitled #13

PARENTAL ADVISORY. EXPLICIT LYRICS.

*LP remains unopened & slip-case is crease-free.
*Non-returnable/Non-refundable if opened.
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