This CD “elephant-walks all over the stylistic savannah”, showing what a few guys can do when locked in a room with lots of instruments and microphones for a few months. An indelible blot on the face of music for generations to come. An excellent antidote for the hip-alternative music being force-fed to you now.
all songs by Hieronymus Firebrain (©1994 Bumps of Goose)
Recorded and mixed at Polymorph Studios, Oakland, CA, at various times throughout 1992 and 1993, Mark Stickman, Dan Rathbun and Lawrence Mannion engineering... except:
* Recorded in New Mexico at the MudHive, October, 1992, engineered by Dave Costanza. Mixed by JES and ORD at Homework Audio, SF,... and:
# Recorded and mixed at Homework Audio, lyrics for "Ancient Language" by JES and Debra Solomon, "Heaven" given much help by Anatol Sucher, courtesy of Twelve Tablets.
Astounding cover art by Richard Gann once again.
Design (and Magnetic Logo design) by Julia Hamblin Design
"With David Lowery and Cracker recently making a play for major-laabel repectability, it's now left to Jonathan Segel to keep up the Camper Van Beethoven tradition of charmingly eclectic experimentation, post-hippie mysticism and complete commercial indifference. On Here (the bands studio debut) and There (a companion live recording), Segel and his trusty violin front a wobbly folk=rock quintet (with a couple of extra horns thrown in on the live tracks) on a predictably oddball recital of Segel originals and obsscure covers. For once, it really works, making this probably the best Segel project since the first two Camper albums. There are lively tributes to Can ("YooDooRight"), Skeleton Crew ("It's Fine"), and Albet Ayler (the violin intro to "Atlanta Runs Ahead"); a couple of surf tunes; plenty of world music influences; and several songs that sound alarmingly like Jethro Tull. There's even one wonderful Segel original, "Life Blood." a sweetly misanthropic, Gong-style anthem that dares to ask, with a straight face, "Once your blood spills to earth, what song can sing it back?" -- David Shirley "