the Apex of High
catalog ID: SOLD
One has to assume
the reason this 1972 set continues to attract attention has to do with the
fact the line up included a young, pre-Police Stuart Copeland, or a lot of
folks just enjoy hearing minimally talented Southern California kids thrash
their way through 30 minutes of vinyl ...
So here's what little we know about this outfit. Frolk Haven was apparently
formed in Berkeley, California and featured the talents of drummer Stuart
Copeland, multi-instrumentalist Charles Ostman and singer Bailey Pendergrass.
Signed by the small LRS label, the trio debuted with 1972's "At
the Apex of High". First off, let us warn you, we've
seen various sales list advertise the LP as psych. It ain't !!! While it's
hard to provide an accurate description of the album, just imagine hearing
guitar, clarinet and drums in a free fashioned jam and you'll get a feel for
much of the album. Exemplified by 'Idiomatic Interlude' and 'Zonation
of Galactic Cosmoidal Entities' (the latter recalling something out of
Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music"), most of the seven tracks are
experimental instrumentals, full of oddball sound effects, but lacking much
in the way of melody or rhythm. While the instrumentals were challenging,
the LP included several vocal performances (we use the term loosely). None
of the principals had much of a voice; a fact that wasn't hidden when they
joined together in a sing-song effort to power their way through material
('Oracle of Delphi'). At least to our ears, the overall effect is
of three art college kids with too much time (and money) on their hands ...
"At the Apex of High" track listing:
1.) Oracle of Delphi
2.) Idiomatic Interlude
4.) Zonation of Galatic Cosmoidal Entities
5.) Back Up!
7.) 7th Shakra
Copeland went on to play with Curved Air, The Police and to release a number
of solo project (see separate entries).
Gawd only knows why, but the album was booted in 1996.