Exposé Online banner

Edward Ka-Spel — A Long Red Ladder to the Moon
(Beta-lactam Ring mt09a, 2005, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2006-05-01

A Long Red Ladder to the Moon Cover art

A Long Red Ladder to the Moon is the latest in a long string of EKS solo releases. Considering Edward’s cassette, EP, LP, and CD output since 1984, this is something like number 30 and it is like a visit with an old friend. Lots of familiar reminiscing as well as sharing something new. There is always something on an EKS release that reminds me of his earlier work, but I can never point to it directly. Beta-lactam Ring Records released the CD in October 2005 and finally released the 3 LP vinyl edition in January 2006. The CD issue comes in a gatefold sleeve with a small insert containing the track titles for the nine songs. The vinyl edition is superbly produced, each LP weighs one pound with a minimum of surface noise. The first two LPs contain the same music as the CD, but the third is a bonus LP that comes with the first two hundred copies and contains two side long pieces: “Hey Rainman (first version)” and “A Rainy Afternoon in 2001.” The difficulty with the vinyl set lies in figuring out which sides are 1, 2, 3, etc. as the disk labels are artwork without any track titles and there are no obvious etchings around the hub or track separations to aid you. But that is a minor complaint. The music is wonderful and sure to please any EKS or Legendary Pink Dots fan. Highly recommended.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Edward Ka-Spel

Latest news

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Lesli Dalaba / Fred Frith / Eric Glick Rieman / Carla Kihlstedt - Dalaba Frith Glick Rieman Kihlsted – Another super group of improvisers meet at the crossroads with this collection of seven dialogs. Fred Frith is well known to our readers as a proprietor of real time inspirational chaos while Lesli...  (2004) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues