These six cuts, five doleful reinterpretations and one self-penned pastoral love song, are the last of Linda Bruner's known recordings. The sessions, an aching set of missives "to a friend," took place in the back of Nielsen's Music Store and was captured by a modest portable half-track borrowed from A.L.S Studios. Unrehearsed and raw. Linda chose songs she knew and fell deeply, allowing Pisces' guitarist Jim Krein to fill acres of space between the lyrics with his accoustic guitar.
The heavy, almost desperate tone of these readings suits the Linda Bruner that her classmates and friends at Harlem High School recall. A poor kid from the depressed Loves Park suburb. Bruner was a girl who barely escaped from a tract housing development as rudimentary as her own vocal style. Friends have recalled her feigned rural Southern upbringing as Linda's way of publicly reconcilling her own coarse manners. But at just 17, she shuffled into Neilsen's 7th Street storefront, slouching toward the chance to privately document her exceptional talent.
The impromtu tracking is thought to have accuurred between Bruner's studio work with Pisces. Krein and Paul DiVenti's Rockford, Illinoise psych-rock outfit, and the release of her haunting "Sam" b/w "Oh Lord" 45 on the local Vincent Imprint. The label's mishandling of her recorded debut left Bruner disillusioned enough to abandon most of her musical ambitions, so it's hard to call any of these morose renditions anything more than a feeling moment of creativity. Bruner's pained delivery drags any shred of pop sensibility out of each future classic. Infusing every chorus with new, darker vitality. She sounds comforted only by love's sheltering embrace on her lone untitled and original ballad allowing it to roll through its imperfections, bits of banter, and hiss. Even Krein's benevolent voice can be heard, as it coaxes Linda's pleadings along. If her disconsolate pop recreations reveal a tormented songbird soaring toward the edge of despair. It's only affirmation of what little we know for sure about Linda Bruner, now long lost.
Linda Bruner Songs For A Friend Track Listingcreations reveal a tormented songbird soaring toward the edge of despair, it's only affirmation of what little we know for sure about Linda Bruner, now long lost.:
1. Songs Linda Wrote Herself
2. Wichita Lineman
3. Thorn Tree In The Garden
4. Georgia On My Mind
5. Don't Let Me Down
6. Rainy Night In Georgia
Pisces's A Lovely Sight not a long-lost but an unreleased gem seems to come out of nowhere. And that's because it does. Consisting of a core duo of Rockford, IL townies with a studio and a few tricks up theirs sleeves, Pisces were an ambitious project spearheaded by ordinary folks that never quite saw the light of day. It's no surprise than that A Lovely Sight sounds like little else from the time period. Minimal, almost sing song melodies are basted in reverb and garnished with experimental, on-the-fly recording innovations, some born of necessily, others of trial and error sounds are played backwards and broken instruments are employed to hallucinogenic effect. Seventeen year old Linda Bruner, a strange girl from down the way (and nowadays, as everyone knows, on the run from the law).Sings on four tracks, and her haunting voice, when it appears, complements perfectly her band-mates' skewed pop creations. A record all the more fascinating because of the drab setting in which its creators worked. A Lovely Sight is a natural addition to the Numero collection. (Numero Group).
In the spectrum of unknown and unknowable bands, "Pisces" was at the furthest reaches of obscurity before our 2009 "A Lovely Sight." Seven years later, the body of basement work created by Jim Krein, Paul DiVenti, and Linda Bruner in the industrial ghost town of Rockford, Illinois, remains a perennial favorite of Numero fans, and as importantly, still haunt us. "Somewhere In Your Mind" is compiled from the same grip of tapes tracked by Krein and DiVenti between 1967~1970 that made up "A Lovely Sight", but this LP is hardly a collection of outtakes.
Ad~lib invention dominated ever "Pisces" session. Abbey Road worth recording experiments~backwards played chords recorded backwards, plugs pulled out on running decks mid sustain, the beating of a broken tambourine~occured to Krein and DiVenti as if kids at play. A gorgeous body of low~key pop~psychedelia was captured as the '60 destroyed itself, inspired variously by Jefferson Airplane and Donovan's most acidic moments. From the dark laden dirges of "Dreamer" and "Robin" to garage psych of "Mindbender", the brassy Big Brother & The Holding Company. Send~up "Oh Lord" to the C.A. Quintent~channeling trip through upper hell "Riding On A Cloud", "Somewhere In Your Mind" makes an airtight case for "Pisces" vesatility and songwriting prowess. A real glimpse into Numero Group's "Private Mind Garden".
Issued in a strict limited pressing of 1000 copies on LP only, and only available with a "Project 12" subscription.