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Newspaper Taxis


Newspaper Taxis


Enlightenment Records

various artists CD

Newspaper Taxis CD coverNewspaper Taxis is another in the series of spoken word recordings released by Chrome Dreams. This time around, the spotlight is on the "chemical crusaders, the drugs they used and the cult authors whose work has been influenced by them" like Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, Philip K. Dick, Aldous Huxley, and J.G. Ballard.

Taking its name from the Beatles' Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Newspaper Taxis ruins yet another good chance to archive some very important recordings with a lame voiceover and cheesey soundtrack. The narrator this time even takes on a psychedelic tone of voice, which makes for even more laughable listening. Since the source material is a little more interesting coming from a druggy tip, there is a lot of great material buried here that would be cool to sample for a radio show, but good luck digging past the intrusive narration. They don't seem to understand that's what liner notes are for.

An interesting side note about the cd title: sometime in the late 80s, 100 London taxis were indeed turned into "newspaper taxis" with entire newspapers published in vinyl on the sides and tops of the cabs.

---Patrick, May 17, 2005