"Bobby Brown stands as a shining example of a California musical eccentric. By the way, that's meant as a heartfelt compliment, rather than a slam.
Born and raised in Sacramento, California, by the early 1970s Brown was making a living as a one man band, playing up and down the California coast. As shown on the front cover, his act included an impressive home-made rig that contained some 50 instruments that were placed on racks that could be easily loaded and unloaded from a van. Brown would apparently cruise up and down the coast, stopping to play concerts for folks, selling copies of his albums from the back of his van.
So what's Brown's 1972 self-produced debut sound like? Well, as you probably guessed from the title, "The Enlightening Beam of Axonda" is pretty spacey, but in a surprisingly laidback and agreeable fashion. Brown had a nice voice (technically I think he'd be called a basso-profundo), that lent itself well to atmospheric tracks such as 'I Must Be Born', 'My Hawaiian Home' and 'Mama Knows Boys a Rambler'. (Brown's liner notes claimed he had a six octave range.) Lyrically Brown's hippy-dippy lyrics were pretty hysterical (here's brief quote from the liner notes: "an original contribution to the field of religion and science based on physics - to my knowledge not yet discovered by other humanoids-more revolutionary that Einsteins (sic) revelations or Newtonian physics - the application of this physics will perhaps (in fact) lead to the most significant changes in the history of humanity (plus total religious unity)." Complete with between-the-songs narratives, the album almost qualifies as a concept piece with a plotline apparently having to do with Brown's search for fulfillment, though I'm not quite sure how the space aliens and space travel fit into the storyline (?), That said, be warned that nothing here exactly rocks. Most of the ten tracks are quite melodic, tough in a new age kind of way. In fact, stuff such as 'Tiny Wind of Shanol' and 'Axonda' would be right at home playing as background music in something like the Nature Store. There are a couple of exceptions. 'Mamba Che Chay' was pretty experimental and did little for my ears, while 'Preparation Dimension of Heaven' sounded like a bad lounge act effort. Still, the set's goofy enough to be intriguing. " - RateYourMusic user RDTEN1
There you have it. Also, that picture at the top is the album cover and indeed features Brown's insane, home-constructed drumkit. For all the wildness of Bobby's music, it made for a pretty mellow Obscuro! which you can download a podcast of...
May 07 - 1:56 AM
|Afflicted Man||Hippy Punk||The Afflicted Man's Musical Bag||No||Bizarro Jerry||e/d|
|May 07 - 1:53 AM||Balkan Beat Box||Kabulectro||??||requestical||Yes||e/d|
|May 07 - 1:34 AM||Bobby Brown||Tiny Wind of Shandl||Enlightening Beam of Axonda||Bizarro Jerry's whacked-out album of the week||No||Bizarro Jerry||e/d|
|May 07 - 1:29 AM||Bobby Brown||Oneness with the Forest||Enlightening Beam of Axonda||Bizarro Jerry's whacked-out album of the week||No||e/d|
|May 07 - 1:14 AM||Bobby Brown||My Hawaiian Home||Enlightening Beam of Axonda||Bizarro Jerry's whacked-out album of the week||No||e/d|
|May 07 - 1:09 AM||Bobby Brown||I Must be Born||Enlightening Beam of Axonda||Bizarro Jerry's whacked-out album of the week||No||Bizarro Jerry||e/d|
|May 07 - 1:04 AM||Centennialite||Intro to Public Access TV Show||Left Fieldists Compilation||No||e/d|
|May 07 - 1:01 AM||Waiting for Guinness||Chanson Pour Marie||??||requestical||Yes||e/d|
|May 07 - 12:55 AM||Dead Raven Choir||Sheep-Crook, Black Dog||My Firstborn Will Surely be Blind||Yes||e/d|
|May 07 - 12:49 AM||Mij||Door Keys||The Yodeling Astrologer||No||e/d|
|May 07 - 12:45 AM||Erica Pomerance||The French Revolution||You Used to Think||No||Bizarro Jerry||e/d|
|May 07 - 12:39 AM||The Kids of Widney High||Friends||Special Music from Special Kids||No||e/d|
|May 07 - 12:37 AM||Richard Cheese||Welcome to the Jungle||Aperitif for Destruction||requestical||Yes||e/d|
|May 07 - 12:32 AM||First Chips||My Love||Volume One||No||e/d|
|May 07 - 12:15 AM||Brother Ah||Love Piece||Sound Awareness||No||e/d|
|May 07 - 12:10 AM||David Koresh||Book of Daniel||Voice of Fire||No||Bizarro Jerry||e/d|
|May 07 - 12:05 AM||The Sun Also Rises||Suddenly it's Evening||S/T||No||e/d|
|May 07 - 12:00 AM||The Electronic Hole||Love Will Find a Way III||S/T||No||Bizarro Jerry||e/d|
I promise that now, since I'm jobless and have little else to do than put together a swingin' radio show, this page will have more frequent updates and downloads.
That in mind, here's the tracklist for Bobby's Brown, and the download link:
1. I Must Be Born
2. My Hawaiian Home
3. Oneness with the Forest
4. Tiny Wind of Shanol
Not sure if that tracklist is entirely accurate, because I've seen some different ones, but that's the tracklist I have. The download is in Megaupload instead of Mediafire because their site is fucking up right now.
It's already been a week since this show, so that means I'll be on your radio at midnight tonight. I'm not entirely sure what tonight's show will be, but I'm pretty sure it'll have a lot of 'cleaning house' since there hasn't really been any good weird stuff popping up recently (at least, not good enough for MY show). Hopefully I'll be able to dig up some new records, but the pickin's are pretty slim right now. Whatever the case, it won't just be me repeating myself.