Exposé Online banner

Mark Jenkins — Live in the USA
(AMP Records AMP-CDA052, 2006, 2CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2006-12-31

Live in the USA Cover artEnglish synthesist Mark Jenkins played a series of concerts across Pennsylvania in 2005. This 2 CD set documents that occasion. Live in the USA is much like mid-period Tangerine Dream, but from Mark’s perspective. There are lots of pulsing sequencers, soaring guitars, and washes of analog and digital electronics. On this concert tour, Mark is joined at different times by members of the Pennsylvania synthesizer community: Orbital Decay, The Amaranth Signal, Xeroid Entity, Fringe Element, Bill Fox, Dean Stiglitz, and Chris Mandra. The music is good, though it does take some effort to make it all the way through both discs in one sitting. There are a couple of tracks that are distinctly different from the rest and they happen to be the opening tracks on Disc One. The 57 second “Intro” is a montage of audio clips from radio ads that is immediately followed by “The Star Spangled Banner.” I bet that you have never heard our national anthem performed in this manner. The only obvious connection is Mark’s vocoded recitation of the lyrics as the music is without melody. Overall Amp Records could have done a better job packaging this release. Instead of a jewel case, it comes in a slim DVD case that makes it difficult to store with your other CDs. And in order to read any information about the album, you have to slide the cover out of the case as everything is printed on its reverse. These are minor problems and should not interfere with your enjoyment of the music.

Filed under: New releases, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Mark Jenkins

More info
http://www.myspace.com/markjenkinsmusic
http://www.markjenkins.net

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Németh Gábor Project - Könnyü lépések (Easy Steps) – Németh is a Hungarian drummer and employs a large number of sidemen on this collection of ten tracks on the Periferic label. The music here is post-bop, or whatever one wishes to call music with a...  (2004) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues