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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL"- " OUT OF ONE, MANY" - FEATURING THE ALBUM "E PLURIBUS UNUM" By SANDY BULL- EPISODE # 36 - IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVE - THE CAPTAIN DIGS INTO HIS VAULT OF 8 TRACK WONDERS TO PRESENT ANOTHER MAGICAL GIFT

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“CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL”- ” OUT OF ONE, MANY” – FEATURING THE ALBUM “E PLURIBUS UNUM” By SANDY BULL IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH INSIGHTS BY CAPTAIN BILLY

OUR COMMANDER IN 8 TRACK DELIVERS ANOTHER HOME RUN FROM HIS MARVELOUS VAULT OF 8 TRACK MAGNIFICENCE!

EPISODE # 36

“OUT OF MANY, ONE”

E PLURIBUS UNUM by Sandy Bull (1969, Vanguard)

Thinking back to 1966, when I was 13 years old, sitting in Bill Teagarden’s groovy basement bedroom, (complete with pedestal ashtrays, Indian wall hangings and red lights), smoking pot, listening to Sandy Bull’s “Inventions” – makes me reflect that, perhaps I was at my hippest at that age, and at the height of my jaded sophistication.

Sandy Bull (1941-2001) was an American original: very much of his time, and way ahead of his time. Son of a jazz harpist, he was a World Music fusionist, before “World Music” became a thing, and when he burst on to the scene in 1963 with FANTASIAS FOR GUITAR AND BANJO, featuring his rendition of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, that was just the tip of the iceberg. He pioneered the use of overdubbing, deep, wet reverb, and the use of taped accompaniment in performance. He introduced the Turkish Oud and the Indian Sarod to many Western ears, and those elements, cross-fertilized with the sound of Pops Staples, and the rhythms of Chuck Berry – (two of his biggest influences), – enabled Sandy to cook up a stew whose fragrance still wafts deliciously across the decades.

E PLURIBUS UNUM was the third album in a trilogy of groundbreaking records, released by Maynard Solomon, on Vanguard, the “connoisseur” label. They established Sandy as the most visible of the top three guitar picking “Eclecticists” at the time – the others being Davy Graham and John Fahey. All three hoed tough rows throughout their lifetimes, and it was heroin that brought Sandy to his knees for several years – sidelining his burgeoning career.

His daughter, KC Bull made a documentary in 2009 celebrating her father’s life and achievements, named “Deposit, No Return Blues”, after the title of one of the cuts on this record. May the music here within serve to remind us that the cross-cultural pollinations that we take for granted today had to be introduced to us originally by some pretty ballsy sonic explorers.


By Rich Buckland 11/28/2021 02:59 PM

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