Mayo Thompson - Corky's Debt to His Father (1970)

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Mayo Thompson (born 26 February 1944 in Houston, Texas) is an American musician and visual artist best known as the leader of the avant-garde rock band Red Crayola (Krayola).
The obscure, defiantly avant-rock Texas band the Red Krayola has been held together entirely through the persistence of Mayo Thompson. For a taste of Thompson at his most accessible, however, consider Corky's Debt to His Father, an album made in 1970, put on record in 1986, and finally released eight years later. The album features a softer Thompson sounding like a Texan Syd Barrett, with songs that are spare and mystical but ultimately friendly. While the band sticks mostly to the familiar sounds of folk guitars, pianos, deep horns, and heavy bass, the instrumental arrangements are designed to clink along and never quite reach harmony. What is created in the end is an uptight and warped version of the stripped-back country & western of late '60s Dylan. If Thompson could sing, Corky's Debt's jazz touches and linear quality might have made the record something of an American Astral Weeks. Instead, we'll settle for coherence and a considerable amount of charm.
Tracks
A1 The Lesson 2:39
A2 Oyster Thins 6:00
A3 Horses 3:09
A4 Dear Betty Baby 3:47
A5 Venus in the Morning 2:30
B1 To You 2:50
B2 Fortune 2:11
B3 Black Legs 3:50
B4 Good Brisk Blues 3:07
B5 Around the Home 2:50
B6 Worried Worried 5:03
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