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- Michael Perlitch aka Miguelito Pistoleros (RIP 2017) -- vocals,
- Miguelito Pistoleros
Rating: 2 stars **
Title: Keyboard Tales
Country/State: San Francisco, California
Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+
Comments: promo sticker on cover, small cut out notch
Catalog ID: not yet listed
Here's one of those obscurities I bought at a yard sale 'cause the album looked obscure and funky ...
I was right on both counts. The album's certainly funky and its hopelessly obscure, never having seen a CD
1.) Captain Zanzibar (Michael Perlitch) - 14:45 rating: ** stars
first couple of minutes of 'Captain Zanzibar' were lost to in-studio talk
and keyboard tinkering. When the song actually kicked in it was a
stark, rather plodding keyboard powered ballad. And from their on the
track bounced all over the place, including funky segments, pretty
harpsichord sections, sound collages, etc. I'll admit my attention
span is pretty short and by around the ten minute mark I'd basically lost
by the lyrics, I'm guessing Partlich was listening to a lot of CSN&Y and
Neil Young during this time of his life.
two challenging performances, 'Remembering Sarah' was interesting for
displaying a more commercial side of the artist. A pretty harpsichord
based ballad, it wasn't exactly top-40 material, but it had a pretty melody.
Opening up with
some goofy space sound effects and Perlitch throwing in a countdown, 'Take
Off' kicked into gear with some Uriah Heep styled organ moves. The
liner notes described the song as "The
customized spacecraft SPECTOCAR blasts off into the outer atmosphere where
with a gaseous burst the second stage separates and glides out into distant
space." Well, okay ...
1.) Pete the Bondage Freak (Michael Perlitch) - 8:25 rating: * star
don;t think of myself as a prude, but as a parent and a human, I've got to say these lyrics were
... The thought of an 18 year thinking along these lines is truly
troubling. The thought of a record label letting this go out is
anyone with a $40 Casio keyboard or a music program on their phone could
conjure up the sound effects that propelled the brief instrumental 'Planet
Mission Alpha'. The liner notes described this one
"Barbarian space savages drop bomb on
that was uplifting.
How many times do you want to listen to Pertlich repeat the title?
Well over an eight minute timeframe it was too many times. Even worse,
Pertlich apparently thought he could make this one sound deep and
thoughtful. It was neither.
Pertlich continued to write and occasionally release music. In 1999 he released a cassette-only collection "Outworlder". There's a 2006 CD "Extraterrestial Highway" and a second release "Badlands Crossroads". Under the alias Miguelito Pistoleros he also recorded a 2007 album "Party" for the Space Scavenger label. I've never heard any of these releases so can't tell you much about them, though you can find most of this material on YouTube.
A couple of years after posting this I got an email from one of Perlitch's old classmates. With his permission, I've posted the material below:
"I was searching for some old schoolmates online and Googled my friend Bruce Perlitch's name and after some digging around his brother Mike's name came up connected to your site. He put out the album "Keyboard Tales" back in the early seventies. I figured you guys would be interested in some info on him. He lived in Morgan Hill California and went to Live Oak High School two years ahead of his brother Bruce and I. Mike was a swimming star and star student. About the time he got serious about music I was dabbling in photography. He asked me to photograph his group, and if I remember correctly he was about the only musician. He dressed up in ratty clothes and had someone tie him up. Not exactly his image at the time (sober). He obviously was experimenting with some major hallucinogenics. He did have talent musically but the drugs took over and the last time I saw him (around twenty years ago) he was missing teeth, bloated and working in a bar for his dad's restaurant. He's one of the drug casualties of the seventies and he had so much potential. I don't know where he is now, but Bruce and his sister are very successful and fulfilled people."
Yours Tom Barrett
Unfortunately Pertlich died in March 2017. Written by his siblings, I found the following on-line obituary:
Daniel Perlitch, aged 65, joins his parents, Irving and Janice Perlitch, in
death. He is survived by sister Julie Belanger and brother Bruce Perlitch.
As Michaelís younger siblings, we watched how, by the time Michael was 18,
he showed the potential for a great musical career.
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