Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Ceyleib People - Tanyet (1967)

Ry Cooder's Ceyleib People are arguably one of the more innovative groups of the late 60s. Taking the loping blues romp of Captain Beefheart and filtering it through Indian music, the group created a very short album, what would be an EP now, of two 10-11 minute parts. For 1967, this is definitely hippy experimental music, hopping from guitar riffs to sitar drones to mellotron rambling and back without regard for convention. It's almost as if there was an intent to fuse the influences of Ravi Shankar with those of the old blues legends, except that rarely is there any true juxtaposition of both styles, instead one will start out and then give way to another, segment by segment. It's as if someone gave a studio the masters for several Ravi Shankar and Captain Beefheart albums, asked them to splice them together, and then left, only to have the engineer play a joke by adding parts of Days of Future Passed in as well. Overall, it's a pretty successful experiment especially considering its age. The reissue of the album gives you two new versions of the two pieces, "Aton" and "Aton II," supposedly processed, but not really sounding all that much different from the first two. While this might not have been so impressive had it been from a few years later, its presence in 1967 is quite prescient. Mike McLatchey Gnosis 2000

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Anonymous said...

this is very cool. Much better than I expected. But are all the tracks here? I search the internet and there are suppose to be like 10 tracks not just 4. The CD version does not even have songs titled as "Aton I" and such. I guess all the 10 tracks from the CD version are compressed into these 4 tracks?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this one. Seems that Ry Cooder was a pioneer in world music. Quite a contrast, though, with his later Indian-music classic, Meeting By the River. "Very cool" is the simple assessment that came to mind for me, too.

A belated thanks, too, for Motiffe. Quite rare and quite good.

deaser26 said...

Not to be overly contrary, but this was studio guitar wizard Mike Deasy Sr's project, not Ry Cooder. Ry was a guest on a few minutes of this, but Deasy produced it, did all of the sitar work and most of the guitars. Ry played a minor role as a player, and that is all. This was from the same mind that brought you Friar Tuck and his Psychedelic Guitar, a true sixties hippie.