Natalie Gravenor | Sunday, der 28. February 2010
Source: THE SIXTIES blog
Rock pioneers THE FUGS – the world’s first major underground/punk group – will release their final, and arguably best-ever studio recording – BE FREE! FINAL CD (PART 2), on February 23, 2010.
BE FREE! delivers 14 tracks of pure sonic joy, from the opening psych-rocker “Be Free”, to the transcendent, chill-inducing closer “Greenwich Village of My Dreams”. Featuring the band’s 25-year-strong lineup of Steve Taylor (guitar and vocals), Coby Batty (drums and vocals), and co-producer Scott Petito (bass and keyboards) – this is a monumental recording of two great American poets and songwriters: founding Fugs Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg. Tuli, unable to join the band in the studio, recorded his parts on remote equipment from his Manhattan home.
BE FREE! is a fitting bookend to a remarkable 45-year career. THE FUGS have had a significant impact on the evolution of rock music, their influence was apparent in their Village contemporaries Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention and The Velvet Underground, just as it is in today’s indie rock and freak folk.
Last November, THE FUGS released five rare concerts and studio recordings to digital retailers. Ed Sanders will publish a new memoir covering his time with THE FUGS with Da Capo Press in 2010.