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Gary Higgins
Red Hash
Released: 7/2005
Label: Drag City
Catalog #: 295
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In rural Connecticut, 1973 an album recorded by Gary Higgins and friends was released on Gary’s own Nufusmoon Records label. Immediately after the release, legal trouble halted all promotion and sales momentum – eventually making the small pressing of RED HASH a heavily rumored and much sought after “lost” recording of psychedelic folklore. The album originally featured nine haunting tracks of folk-pop played on acoustic and electric guitar and arranged with percussion, cello, flute, piano, organ, bass and mandolin. The mood is wayward melancholia, intimate, with finger-picked guitar dexterity and daring right up against the ear. The care taken with the recording eliminates any of the usual dating of the material, it could have been made yesterday, in the next room. Higgins’ transcendent, usually tender, voice along with the vibed up players brings to mind the perfectly damaged feel of David Crosby’s IF I COULD ONLY REMEMBER MY NAME or even Linda Perhacs’ PARALLELOGRAMS. Drag City’s loving reissue is mastered directly from the original master tapes and packaged with photos and artwork from Higgins’ personal archive. Bonus tracks include an early ‘80s home recording, and “Last Great Sperm Whale,” a 1975 studio track featuring Higgins and three of the RED HASH players. RED HASH is a true long-hidden masterpiece, in an age when just about anything from 1968-1975 is dredged up and dubiously held up to the light as such. This is music you should have heard all of your life.

 
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