Frolk Haven

Band members               Related acts

- Stuart Copeland - drums
- Charles Ostman - guitar, bass, clarinet, vocals
- Bailey Pendergrass - vocal 



- Stuart Copeland (solo efforts)
- Curved Air (Stuart Copeland)
- The Police (Stuart Copeland)  




Genre: progressive

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Title:  At the Apex of High

Company: Apex

Catalog: LRS 6032

Year: 1972

Country/State: Berkley, California

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: --

Available: SOLD

GEMM catalog ID: SOLD

Price: SOLD

Cost: $66.00


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
3.) Cyclation
4.) Zonation of Galatic Cosmoidal Entities
5.) Back Up!
6.) Quest
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.



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