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Alexander Spence: Oar (Sundazed)

Jon Savage, MOJO, 1999

THE PASSING OF TIME has edged some psych esoterica into the mainstream, and Oar is a shining example. At once individual confession, generational narrative, and direct, visionary communication, this is the ultimate auteur record: written, played, and recorded by just one person, Alexander "Skip" Spence, whose prodigious talent you can hear unravel over four days of recording in Nashville in the dying days of that polarised year, 1968.

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