The folks at Contact recently turned me onto Loathed Sound Department, and I couldn't be more smitten. A "fan club" cassette label focused on jazz freak and avant garde nuggets, this gem from Sonny and Linda Sharrock's SAVAGES ensemble is a perfect example of what Loathed Sound is capable of. A live in studio recording from 1974, the Sharrocks are joined by a rhythm section that settles into a pocket and then spends a quarter hour kicking their feet up and making themselves at home. Sonny's guitar is relatively subdued (especially for Sonny) and comes off like a casual band leader while Linda's voice drops in occasionally to make sure things stay out there....way out there. The 8+ minute trance inducing "1953 Blue Boogie Children" makes Savages mandatory, while "Peaceful" and "Highlife" present a bizarre big city sonic take on island life, with added haunting psychedelia. Consider this an essential reissue from a crew of folks who appear to be doing it right...and for the right reasons.