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Robert Quine/Fred Maher

  • Basic [Editions EG, 1984] A-

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Basic [Editions EG, 1984]
Though he does like to play as well as think, Quine's solo work reminds me of somebody. His two-guitar experiment with Jody Harris had the spiraling arty-rocky trippiness of Eno's ill-fated LPs with Cluster, but this time he's chosen to write tunes and add a drummer, and the result is as tough and weird as Eno's classic Jon Hassell collaboration. Just because it's more specific, changing mood and color decisively from track to track, it doesn't exert the same kind of generalized ambient hold, but it sure does have its own gestalt: the avant-garde equivalent of the great album Duane Eddy never made. A-