Ron Anderson ‘Fever Dream’

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01 Fever Dream (4:39)
02 The Point (6:35)
03 Three Friends Remembered (1:27)
04 Eastern Blues (5:48)
05 Closed Door An Open Door (7:04)
06 Visions Of Sand And Eyes (2:33)
07 Rainwater (9:48)

Total time 37:45
LP released by Tragic Mule, NY, 1987

Ron Anderson: guitars, bass, synths, percussion, drum, programming, vocals
Ken Clare: alto & soprano saxophones
Ed Rollin: oboe, english horn, tenor saxophone
Kathy Life, Oren Bloedow, Toby Crocket: vocals

Ron Anderson lived in New York from 1982 to 1989 before relocating to San Francisco to launch his famous power trio The Molecules (see discography). In NY he played in no wave bands Rat At Rat R and Yellow Tang, while helding improvised music sessions in his Brooklyn studio. Tragic Mule was Anderson’s own label, later to release the first Molecules CD in 1991. His first solo LP, ‘Fever Dream’ can be compared to Robert Horton’s early releases (see previous post) or Marten Ingle’s Tago Mago cassette (see here). It actually sounds like a lost classic, with its highly creative use of synth and reed instruments, clever synth and drum programming, a jazz sensibility, Asian and Middle-East music hints, and guitar solos a la Fred Frith ca ‘Cheap At Half The Price’. The music has ‘avantgarde’ written all over, though with a decidedly relaxed, West Coast flavor thanks to its clear-cut guitar parts, exotic keyboard sounds and great horn section throughout.



10 Responses to “Ron Anderson ‘Fever Dream’”

  1. 1 Scott August 8, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Sounds like an audio delicacy. Art rock, no wave, avant garde – all music to my ears. Thanks Continuo!

  2. 2 continuo August 8, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Yeah, a genuine ‘reassessed aural delicacy’!

  3. 3 Juju August 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    with a descrption like this, who in his sane mind can possibly resist?
    thank you again for the great shares

  4. 4 continuo August 8, 2009 at 2:01 pm


  5. 5 Ron Anderson August 11, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Just lucky that I found this site, I’m actually downloading my own music, too busy to make MP3 from my own LP.

    Two things: I still have a few of the Fever Dream LP, 10-15, if you would like to have one, or consider picking up one of my newer CDs, I would greatly appreciate the support. PAK Motel, or Molecules CD/DVD is a good place to start, the new PAK CD – Secret Curve will be out around the end of the year, in some ways it leans back towards this first LP. Strangely enough, I have been thinking of doing Visions Of Sand And Eyes with PAK. At my website you can find facebook, myspace, and email list links for updates.

    PS Thanks for the review.

  6. 6 continuo August 12, 2009 at 6:17 am

    Hi Ron, I might investigate your new PAK CD, though, to be honest, I don’t really connect with your recent power trio stuff, compared to the exquisite charm and avantgarde flavor of the above ‘Fever Dream’.

  7. 7 Ron Anderson August 29, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Well, with the new PAK CD that we are recording now, it really won’t be a “power trio.” I’m playing bass and there is no guitar. The guitar is replaced by trumpet, and I’m planning to have Grand Piano on a lot of the tracks, also no vocals. But still the great drumming of Keith Abrams who I think is just amazing. I wanted a real drummer on Fever Dream but for many reasons it just never happened, but that was the idea to remove the drum machine and replace the it with a drummer.

  8. 8 Ron Anderson January 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Hey Continuo

    Nothing personal, but please remove my music from the link above.

    thanks, Ron

  9. 10 Ron Anderson January 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    thank you, good luck in 2011.

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