Tranquility Bass ‎– Let The Freak Flag Fly

Astralwerks ‎– ASW 6200
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1 Five Miles High
Agogô [Agogo], Drums [Kit], Congas [Tumba] – Phil WesternGuitar – Tom SchmitzPerformer [Flabulator], Guitar, Programmed By, Electric Piano [Wurlitzer], Vocals – Michael KandelTrombone – J. Paul RedmanTrumpet – Brian Rapp
2 La La La
Acoustic Guitar, Clavinet, Programmed By – Michael KandelBongos, Congas [Tumba] – Phil WesternGuitar – Tom Schmitz
3 The Bird
Guitar, Harpsichord, Piano, Programmed By, Vocals, Electric Piano [Wurlitzer] – Michael KandelTrombone – J. Paul RedmanTrumpet – Brian RappWritten-By – Tyler Vlahovich
4 Soldier's Sweetheart
Guitar, Vocals – Michael KandelWritten-By – Jimmy Rodgers*
5 We All Want To Be Free
Clavinet, Guitar, Programmed By, Double Bass [Upright], Vocals – Michael KandelDrums – Phil Western
6 Never Gonna End
Backing Vocals, Other [As The Announcer] – Tom BrainardElectric Bass, Guitar, Programmed By, Vocals – Michael Kandel
7 I'll Be Here
Clavinet, Guitar, Programmed By, Vocals – Michael KandelClavinet, Piano, Other [Bone One] – J. Paul RedmanCongas, Cymbal [Finger], Shaker, Talking Drum – Matt FuselloCymbal – Phil Western
8 Let The Freak Flag Fly
Clavinet, Guitar, Programmed By, Electric Piano [Rhodes], Vocals – Michael KandelCongas – Matt FuselloGuitar – Tom Schmitz
9 Lichen Me To Wyomin'
Drums – Phil WesternFiddle – Xion CooperGuitar, Programmed By, Double Bass [Upright], Vocals – Michael Kandel

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'The Insatiably Eclectic Hippy Free Form Freakout Band'

Recorded and mixed in Heaven, Lopez, Chicago Trax Studios, Chicago and bziPP! Productions, Chicago..
Mastered at Masterdisk.

"In Loving Memory of Sandra Fox"

(P) & (C) 1997 Astralwerks / Caroline Records

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 17046 62002
  • Matrix / Runout: ASW06200AV MASTERED BY EMI MFG.
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L043
  • Mould SID Code: ifpi 165B

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January 23, 2019
I bought this CD back on 97 as I was a fan of his earlier electronic stuff. I was so surprised by the country/folk element to the album. It almost made me wonder if it was a different band under the same name! Listening to it now, 22 years later, I really like it. Artists that blend traditional instruments with electronics often appeal to me. The only track I always skip is “Soldiers Sweetheart”. Seems so out of place and is quite a downer song imo. I was also saddened to hear of Mikes untimely passing. I picked up the rest of his releases and the later stuff is really good as well. Too bad we won’t get more of this musical genius.


April 3, 2012
I bought this album when it came out in 1997 and loved it instantly. I wasn't familiar with Kandel's previous releases and can't remember what prompted me to buy this, but I was immediately impressed with the fusion of electroics, funk, folk and psychedelia. But whenever I tried to turn others onto this superb album I was always met with that reaction of "oh, this is pretty strange" even by people with expanded tastes. Maybe I just like "strange" music but I had never used that term to describe this album.
After not listening to this for a few years I've just been playing it again and it really has stood the test of time. It's still immensely interesting work with lots of layers to delve into. I especially love the part where two different vocal lines are coming out of each speaker. I also just listened to his new single released last year "A 100 Billion Stars" and am glad he's still creating.


July 13, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
Definately one of the stranger albums to come out on Astralwerks. I remember back then thinking it was a superb title for an album, but only ever got to hear it at a friends place.

However I purchased the lp just recently, and it has to be one of the most intriguing yet fascinating and complex low-fi records I can think of.

So many layers of music in each production adds up to straight ahead folksy trip hop grooves providing the listener with new surprising details each and every time.

I say this album stands the test of time and has matured in spite of and not because it dared go its own ways.

Definately not electronic. Definately recommended for its sublime productions from the little shed in the back of the woods.


June 12, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
Knowing the style of Kandel's previous work, "Let the freak flag fly" sounds like it came out from nowhere. Influenced by '60s and '70s, mixed with country/folk and even some african motives, this release looks like being produced while the author was under heavy psychedelic drugs. As a narrow-minded electronica fan, I just can't put this album even in the neighbourhood of electro music. A very, very strange release.


February 16, 2004
For an album that was originally slated to be released in 1995 then went unmentioned for two more years, this is possibly one of the strangest records to take such a long time to come out. It only took forever for it to be made and got delayed innumerable times and probably changed and got bent around the ear more times than most people would probably care to know about.
Mike was telling me about having every single channel on either a 72 or 96 channel board up and active in the production of this one.
This album put the trip in the hop of the time and went many many steps further.
Chances are this should be considered a folk or hickerbilly album.
It found some crap remixes and didn't really get handled right so it sank. Astralwerks didn't really know what to do with it, or know really how to promote it. It was probably too sideways a release and could not sit easily within the genres that it was unfortunately stuck in.
Eventually Astralwerks and Mike had a falling out and some form of lawsuit was brought about to get the masters back.