Jasun Martz / The Neoteric Orchestra ‎– The Pillory

All Ears Records ‎– AE11480
Vinyl, LP, Album, Clear


A The Pillory 23:23
B The Pillory 22:22



Recorded at California Recording Studios Hollywood, Riverside Recordings London and Neoteric Recording Studios Los Angeles. Mixed at California Recording Studios.

Includes insert

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NEO 61853 Jasun Martz The Pillory(LP, Album, RE) Neoteric Music NEO 61853 US 1981 Sell This Version
APM 9404 Jasun Martz The Pillory(CD, Album, Ltd, Num, RE) Ad Perpetuam Memoriam APM 9404 Sweden 1994 Sell This Version
APM 9404 Jasun Martz The Pillory(CD, Album, RE) Ad Perpetuam Memoriam APM 9404 Sweden 1994 Sell This Version



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August 14, 2011
edited over 6 years ago

This is truly an album waiting to be discovered. One of my all-time favorite avant garde albums ever. This album was released in 1978 on the L.A.-based All Ears label (seems there were only four releases on the label, and this one appears to be the final release), pressed on clear vinyl. I guess having a prog label in the late '70s was a bad move when disco and stadium rock (such as Journey, Styx, Foreigner and Boston) were the rage. How did a guy that I'm certain no one heard of before afford to hire such a large orchestra? Where they his friends? Who knows. A few notables include Ruth Underwood (Zappa, apparently the final album she recorded on, as she retired after this), Paul Whitehead, the Genesis and Van der Graaf Generator artists (who had since moved to the States around 1973 or '74), and Eddie Jobson (Curved Air, Roxy Music, Zappa, then currently of UK, and later briefly of Jethro Tull).

OK, imagine, if you will, King Crimson doing "The Devil's Triangle" (which I realize is partially borrowed from Holst's The Planets) in an avant garde classical setting then you're not too far off. You then have a choir shouting "Fight! Fight!" over and over, then it eventually fades out. Eventually Jasun Martz gives out a stunning unaccompanied Mellotron passage. It's nice to see Mellotron used in this way despite the use of an orchestra (Rick Wakeman hardly bothered using his Mellotrons when an orchestra was being used, just listen to Journey to the Centre of the Earth some time to see what I mean). You will never mistake this for the Moody Blues or for lite classical. Had this been more rock-oriented, it would probably fit in the RIO category (Rock In Opposition). Not your every day prog, not your every day classical, this is one mindblowing, but extremely challenging listen.