Judy Henske & Jerry Yester - Fairwell Aldabaran

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can anyone tell me about this album. is it worth the 80$ i saw for it on the wall at the record store yesterday? (is anything really?!) was it ever issued on cd? will it ever?

JaXoN (JasonD), Friday, 3 September 2004 20:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i mean, i guess i could buy the 8track of it on gemm for 46$

JaXoN (JasonD), Friday, 3 September 2004 21:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

No, it's never been released on CD (and given that it's been lusted after FOR SO LONG and never been reissued it quite possibly never will be.) And I'm pretty sure that $80 is a good price for an original vinyl copy too (I think I've heard of it going for more anyway.) Is it really worth that much? No, but it is very good. Also I can burn you a mp3 copy if you like.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 3 September 2004 21:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

alex i kiss you. fuck a 80$

JaXoN (JasonD), Friday, 3 September 2004 21:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

but, what's it like? i'm too arsed to read the chapter in the unterberger book right now, and way too busy

(get off ilm jason)

JaXoN (JasonD), Friday, 3 September 2004 21:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I don't know exactly how to describe it. . . I mean it's kind of an offbeat folk-y-psych record, but her voice is pretty straight (and very beautiful.) It's just on my harddrive though so I don't listen to it that much (maybe I should make a CD copy for myself too haha.) I'll listen to it again this weekend and give you more specific thoughts.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 3 September 2004 21:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

think it's victim of Zappa/Cohen fallout, along with first two Alice Cooper recs, Lord Buckley, and of course, Tim Buckley's Blue Afternoon and Starsailor. i only ever see it beat to hell going for over $50, but it's a really odd record, unlike anything i can think of. i only know it from a cdr copy myself.
cat-stroking visionary acid-folk. every piece has a different approach, and Henske's lyrics are evocative, not what you'd expect fitting into normal songs. i had someone transcribe "Raider," which i'm just obsessed about. built out of rounds of their voices, with driving banjo and thumping bass, into a hypnotic swirl that is singular for that era, me thinks.
think NNCK was high on it too, as their Revenenat record with Yester seemed to be based on the sonics of that'un in particular. the title track finale has some ring modulator on it too.

BbetaA, Friday, 3 September 2004 22:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Mojo piece on Judy raised the price of it a lot. You could get it for 20+ for years. (all her albums went up a bit) It was a sleeper. It wasn't rare, and it wasn't something that psych people went out of their wat to buy.
Um, it's great though. One of my faves, but i'm a big fan of her folk/blues/pop stuff too. Rosebud, the album they made after, is a bit of a dud though.

scott seward (scott seward), Friday, 3 September 2004 22:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I thought the first two Alice Cooper records were available on CD for a while though?

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 3 September 2004 22:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(Actually I wasn't aware that any of the other records you mentioned were/are that hard to find on CD.)

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 3 September 2004 22:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i don't believe they've been in print since '89. Rosebud is a bit dud. i heard this Henske record with Jack Nitzsche that'z a hoot. is that available? can't recall the name.

BbetaA, Friday, 3 September 2004 22:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Henske's first two records were just re-released. Her web page has all the details.

BbetaA's description of Farewell Aldebaran is spot-on - the album is one of my faves.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Friday, 3 September 2004 22:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Jerry Yester made some fine solo stuff aswell. Check out "Ashes have turned" - one of the best singles to come out of the 60s. "Farewell Aldabaran"? A bit uneven IMHO

dr.do-good, Friday, 3 September 2004 23:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'rosebud' is kinda cool too i think. "lorelei"?!

duke warbler, Friday, 3 September 2004 23:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


so this is on straight records? i know the early henske solo records were released as a twofer on elektra/WEA in europe. i saw them at gibert jaune in paris for about 7 euros.

amateur!!!st (amateurist), Friday, 3 September 2004 23:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Farewell Aldebaran is worth every penny - the closest parallels off the top of my head are probably United States Of America, Silver Apples' Contact and Millennium's Begin. some affinity with out-Buckley too (Lorca/Starsailor). most of it is sunshine pop or folk/renaissance run through a psych mangler. the lyrics are brilliant, weird, heavy and the melodies & music are by turns sweet, mysterious, dark (sometimes all at once).

the story behind it supposedly is of two incompatible personalities: Yester (who produced Tim Buckley's Happy/Sad among other records) was the easygoing sweet sunshine pop & experimental psych lover (fluffy yet expansive) while Henske is the dark, jaded, wickedly humorous blues sophisticate/mama. this yields unique combination of accessible faroutness - cheese with teeth - wide-eyed exploration grounded in sinister reality - modern effects / ancient themes.

much of it has life & death immanence. it's wickedly funny & sweet and also filled with a childlike wonder - like what a kid would hope a grownups album could be: yeah it's like naughty grownup children's stories: it can scare and delight.

just thought of more stuff it's a bit like: "Black Angel's Death Song", Buffy Sainte-Marie - Illuminations, Essra Mohawk - "Spiral".

Paul (scifisoul), Saturday, 4 September 2004 01:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
well the 80$ LP is gone off the wall of that record store, but now ebay has an 80$ seven inch! fuck a collector

JaXoN (JasonD), Tuesday, 16 November 2004 08:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...
And this finally FINALLY got a CD reissue.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Monday, 31 October 2005 18:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Indeed? Hmmm. So is this comparable to the Perhacs album (quality as a one-off if not exact sound)?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 31 October 2005 18:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The title track is a gorgeous and bizarre early Moog and Sonovox track, sorta like (and I'm pulling at straws here) Mercury Rev in their jouissant mode. Can't say I heard the other tracks.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Monday, 31 October 2005 18:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

woo-hoo! not sure if the phone of either ms. henske or mr. yester is ringing for a payment address though. does anyone know if labels like radioactive, akarma, or shadoks ever actually pay their artifacts?

b8a, Monday, 31 October 2005 18:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

how is the quality of the cd? I read (I think on amazon) thats it a bootleg. Is it worth getting if you already have a mp3 copy of it. My copy sounds good for about all the songs except the last where it sounds like the connection was lost lost

josh w (jbweb), Thursday, 3 November 2005 22:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Radioactive reissue is almost surely a bootleg, as almost all of their releases are. The only one I know of that definitely isn't a bootleg is the Forest album, which was sanctioned by the band and remastered from the original tapes. But the quality of the Farewell Aldebaran CD is great, the last track is kind of noisy but I think the song is just really crazy and overdriven with about a zillion overdubs.

Hatch (Hatch), Thursday, 3 November 2005 22:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i've really been digging that beat of the earth reish on radioactive, sorry to hear it ain't legit

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Thursday, 3 November 2005 23:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This is actually one of my very favorite records. For some reason, I never get sick of it. Those of you who don't have it really should. Maybe I can figure out how to use YSI.

J (Jay), Thursday, 3 November 2005 23:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
I got the radioactive cd and I've been playing it almost every day for the past few weeks.

k/l (Ken L), Monday, 28 November 2005 15:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

a lil birdie just forwarded to me:

"One thing I can confirm is that Judy Henske is 100% aware of our release and is actually selling radioactive CDs herself on her current tour."

imbidimts, Thursday, 1 December 2005 22:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink


there are maybe three good songs on this album. hype!

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Friday, 2 December 2005 04:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

there are maybe three good songs on this album. hype!

OTM. But those 3 are really good.
When it's bad, Farewell is ludicrously awful.

Other much-hyped, long-lost albums over which I can't excited:
Simon Finn's Pass the Distance [can't get past his ugly, awkward vocals; plus, I was expecting it to be way more psychedelic]
Vashti Bunyan's Just Another Diamond Day [pleasant, but not earth-shattering at all]

Gary Higgins' Red Hash, however, is all that and then some.

original plagiarist (Da ve Segal), Friday, 2 December 2005 04:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

maybe ill have to check out that g.higgins record. is v.bunyan's new one better than JADD?

petesmith (plsmith), Friday, 2 December 2005 04:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

is v.bunyan's new one better than JADD?

Sounds very similar to these ears... almost "what's the point?" similar. YMMV.

original plagiarist (Da ve Segal), Friday, 2 December 2005 05:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ive never heard either. i can write history however i want, but i need your advice! i have only heard the animal collective collabo, and one song from JADD.

petesmith (plsmith), Friday, 2 December 2005 05:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

JADD is full of very delicate, introverted folk ballads. Some think it's unbearably beautiful; others find it impossibly twee and cloying. Some fall somewhere in between those poles. For albums in this vein, I'd rather listen to Julie Tippetts' Sunset Glow.

original plagiarist (Da ve Segal), Friday, 2 December 2005 05:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I think the Higgins record is overrated! A downer and the songs are just not that superlative.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Friday, 2 December 2005 05:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i like the higgins record a bunch, but it sounds too much like elliot smith for me to fall in love.

the henske & yester is good, but i haven't listened to it enough times to say i love it.

i was tricked recently in picking up the Barry Dransfield s/t disc because i thought it was gonna be a lot like vashti's (according to forced exposure), but it was very traditional british folk. absolutely no psychedelia or wimsy.

i'd love to hear that Julie Tippett's record. what's it sound like? just last weekend i picked up the tippets and brian auger record, thinking it was gonna be psych folk, but it was funk/fusion (i like that too, so i was happy enough).

jaxon (jaxon), Friday, 2 December 2005 06:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

There's a couple of great tracks on Pass the Distance, but I also found the vocals a bit cringeworthy at points.

Just another Diamond Day is classic. Perhaps a touch cloying at first, but the mini arrangements are tops, so it all falls together perfectly.

My overrated pick: Linda Perhacs. Again, it's the vocals! If you'd asked me about folk when I was about 14 or 15, I'd have images of 70's dudes with moustaches doing acoustic numbers in roll-necks. Like inferior James Taylor type dudes, rather than freak-out hippy types. Her vocals, to me, sound more like the female version of this. Like the singing nun in Airplane who de-IVs the sick girl. And it's got a song about dolphins.

Mestema (davidcorp), Friday, 2 December 2005 10:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I just listened to this for the first time after posting here and you guys are right- it sucks!

j/k, but there is something a little muffled about the sound that somebody commented on, which I just try to ignore.

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 2 December 2005 16:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Has teh JBR heard this album?

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 2 December 2005 16:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'm sure she has. Elvis Telecom was the one who uploaded it for me.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 2 December 2005 17:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

judy singing snowblind is worth the price of admission. but i'm a big judy fan. i always thought it was a cool record. the first time i had it was on original Straight tape! still sounded cool. the production is all over the place. sometimes underwater, sometimes aboveground. rosebud is the clunker of judy's Yesteryears.

scott seward (scott seward), Friday, 2 December 2005 17:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i'd love to hear that Julie Tippett's record. what's it sound like?

Great, deep, athletic white female soul vocals with a killer band of Brit jazz/prog ringers (Keith Tippett, various Soft Machine members) crafting haunting, stormy ballads with subtle jazz and funk touches. It just oozes quality and spirituality (sans any organized religion hoo-ha).

Btw, it's Julie Tippetts. I think she added the 's' to distinguish herself from Keith. Maybe somebody has more info on this.

original plagiarist, Saturday, 3 December 2005 01:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...


Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 9 February 2007 18:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Oh, here's this nice thread. Should've searched the names instead.
I knew it!

Trip Maker, Thursday, 4 October 2007 16:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

i finally found a relatively clean vinyl copy for $20

and that julie tippetts record is one of my faves

jaxon, Saturday, 19 November 2011 05:13 (six years ago) Permalink

"Raider" is so good.

one dis leads to another (ian), Saturday, 19 November 2011 05:31 (six years ago) Permalink

For a long time I thought Judy Henske was just a pop singer with a big, full voice.

bamcquern, Saturday, 19 November 2011 09:11 (six years ago) Permalink

My band is doing a cover of "Snowblind" now. 7 years since my last comment on this thread, and this is still one of my very favorite records! Also recommended: "Big Judy," the Henske anthology.

Ned, you really ought to give it another shot!

J, Saturday, 19 November 2011 12:20 (six years ago) Permalink

this is a funny revive. realize i've posted under three different names on it.
but not too long ago i finally came across a vinyl copy in the wild and love the album even more now. it truly is an original, cat-stroking masterpiece. and hearing Judy belt out: "The menu will be a la carte" gives a singular sort of pleasure.

beta blog, Saturday, 19 November 2011 19:10 (six years ago) Permalink

four years pass...


Omnivore Recordings ‏@OmnivoreRecords 11m11 minutes ago
Judy Henske & Jerry Yester LIVE @TheGRAMMYMuseum 8/11 performing songs from Farewell Aldebaran 1st time ever!

velko, Monday, 1 August 2016 18:10 (two years ago) Permalink

perform or just conversation?

velko, Monday, 1 August 2016 18:11 (two years ago) Permalink

THis is getting reviews everywhere this month. Wire, MOjo, 1page article spread over most of 2 pages in Uncut with large photo.

Really looking forward to getting a copy and finding out what lies in the dark corners of the recordings.

Stevolende, Monday, 1 August 2016 18:18 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

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