- Album name: The Use of Ashes
- Group name: Pearls Before Swine
- Year: 1970
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Reprise Records
- Collection: Brenner / Gessner
- Buy it on Amazon: $22.98
Level of familiarity before listening
I know that there are a bunch of Pearls Before Swine records in my father’s collection, but I’ve never listened to any of them before and don’t remember him listening to them when I was young.
What I expected
What it was actually like
This was definitely more psychedelic than folky, but still folky – kind of a psychedelic folk.
I liked it a lot! The first side seemed far stronger to me than the second side. Tell Me Why was a little too self consciously weird for my taste, but I enjoyed The Jeweler.
Also it may be worth noting that the back of the album looks like it was thrown together by Tom Rapp, who was apparently the only real/consistent member of the group, on his typewriter, and that it contains the following:
this album is dedicated to the netherlands where most of the songs were written
4/5: would listen again