Spiders In The Night
Media Condition: VG
Sleeve Condition: VG
Genre: Rock, Folk, Psychedelic
Notes: Nice copy. Vinyl plays with some surface noise–doesn't overpower music. Jacket shows subtle ring and seam wear, hole punch in bottom left corner, sticker glue in top left corner.
If you like: the quiet yet powerful folk stylings of Nick Drake, Karen Dalton, or Linda Perhacs, you’ll be sure to appreciate this largely unknown masterpiece from Andy Zwerling.
About: Andy Zwerling has been around the music biz for a long time as a reviewer (for Rolling Stone), songwriter & (as you can hear on this release) a performer. More recently he’s recorded with his sister, Leslie, producing at least one double CD’s worth of (apparently) great pop and rock ‘n’ roll.
This 1971 album on the Kama Sutra label features some gentle & beautiful psych-folk songs, most featuring just Andy’s voice & acoustic guitar. The lyrics have a slightly mystical bent that at times make them seem a bit dated but generally they retain their original appeal. Lenny Kaye (the rock god of New Brunswick, NJ and the man who brought us garage punk) also appears on this release.
There was a New York Times article on Andy a few years back in which he says, “I got a record deal with Kama Sutra, thanks to my friend Richard Robinson. The label gave me 64 hours to make a record, so I couldn’t have done my rock ‘n’ roll stuff.” Instead he went for a more introspective, folky sound and pulled it off quite well. Unfortunately, the record was released just after Kama Sutra was bought out by a bigger fish and the record seems to have been forgotten (by the label, at least) in the shuffle.*
A favorite track: Slicing