Pearls Before Swine - "Jewels Were The Stars"
(Water 2003, water200, 4-CD box set)

Uploaded to Aural Innovations: October 2003

This box set consists of Pearls Before Swine releases 3-6.

These Things Too (1969)
The Use of Ashes (1970)
City of Gold (1971)
...beautiful lies you could live in. (1971)

Pearls Before Swine is primarily Tom Rapp on vocals and acoustic guitar and Elizabeth on vocals. They are augmented by a variety of studio musicians.

Apparently, the first 2 albums (One Nation Underground & Balaklava) have a very acid inspired sound: spacey and mystical. I have not heard them so I canít comment. The 4 albums in this box set definitely have a spacey and mystical vibe to them. Unfortunately, they are vocal oriented and all rather short in length (4 minutes or less).

Also included is a 48 page booklet consisting of: ďLost on Mobius StreetĒ an essay by Mitch Meyers; an interview with Tom Rapp conducted by Damon Krukowski and Masaki Batoh; an interview with Elizabeth conducted by Byron Coley; album information for the 4 cdís; a variety of photos covering the history of Pearls Before Swine.

I would recommend this box set to fans of Tom Rapp. Itís a nice package and the booklet is very interesting and informative.

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Reviewed by Louis Hesselt-van-Dinter

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