If anything, this collection serves as a faded snapshot of someone who "could've been a contender". Several reviewers here have mentioned that this is painful listening, not because of the lo-fi or poor performances or inaccessability, but because of the sheer, tragic sense of what-might-have-been if only Peter Laughner had been saved from his demons.
This music is the razor-wire, painfully sincere testament of a young man who lived and died chasing down a sound, the perspective of how it feels to be living like "a shadow on the wall By himself, it's a whole other story, just a sensitive young man, his trembling expressive voice, and his axe. The last two songs were recorded at his bedside, alone on acoustic guitar, the night before Peter died. I defy anyone to listen to them without crying.
Here's hoping. Enjoy, and spread the word to anyone you think would like them, just please don't sell them. Thank you, Don Harvey. One person found this helpful. See all reviews.
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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. June 22, aged 24 Cleveland, Ohio , United States. Rock , acoustic , proto-punk , garage. Accompanied by Don Harvey on ghostly reed organ, Laughner stretches the song out to more than 11 minutes, free-associating lyrics in a visionary style reminiscent of Astral Weeks -era Van Morrison and picking out casually elegant guitar lines.
Laughner was just 23 when the recording was made, but he sounds as world-weary as they come. On the other end of the spectrum is the rowdy, drink-and-drug-fueled tape Laughner recorded with legendary rock critic Lester Bangs in Laughner and Bangs careen through re-written covers and off-the-cuff originals, just two friends fucking around and blowing off steam after hours. It all comes back to Lou Reed, of course.
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