Planets And Animals
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A pandemic is just an opportunity for some people to spend even more time in the studio. Bob has his public, amounting to a minor cult, and his new CD - exquisitely recorded (in a previous life he was an L.A. studio engineer for the great and the good) is a compact suite of short, dense, twisty, jaw-dropping - and highly unusual - songs; a bit of a whirlwind for the uninitiated, but still surprisingly accessible. It's his 10th release for ReR, each exploring some new aspect of songwriting, arrangement or production. This time he's added a small menagerie of newly invented instruments, to augment his already extensive acoustic and electronic instrumentarium - and the band of Bob that plays them has seldom been larger or tighter. Beautifully packaged with impressive fold-out artwork by the incomparable Joe Mruk. Bob Drake has played a lot of instruments with - and has engineered - all manner of bands, from the early 1970's. From 1978-1989 he played an important role in Denver's underground music scene, and was a founding member of both Thinking Plague and Hail. In the early 1990s, when he was living in Los Angeles, he wound up engineering sessions with just about everybody from Ice Cube to Shirley MacLaine and it was there that he met David Kerman and became part of 5UU's. It was also around this time that he began to write and record his own solo albums. Since 1994 he has lived in his home studio in Southern France, where he has played on and recorded and/or mixed hundreds of albums by artists from around the world. He is still a regular member of the Peter Blegvad Quintet, The Science Group and Vril. And, wearing a different hat, he is also well known for his definitive re-masterings of classic albums by Art Bears, Henry Cow, ZNR, Cassiber and others.
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