Paying homage. These days it’s what Primus founder Les Claypool does best.
After a limited run of only 3000 copies on 10″ vinyl for a Record Store Day release, Lime And Limpid Green from the Claypool Lennon Delirium is slated for an upcoming digital release. So now there is no excuse not to have it on repeat.
Claypool’s latest meanderings find him collaborating with Sean Lennon for a classic/prog-rocker’s dream EP, containing covers of Pink Floyd, King Crimson, The Who and Japan’s Travellin Flower Band. I’ve never heard of the latter either.
As evidenced by a superb foray into an album-length live rendering of Pink Floyd’s Animals LP (with his Fearless Flying Frog Brigade incarnation, 2001), the eclectic Claypool is precisely the man to resurrect Floyd, this time reaching far back to the Syd Barrett era for a stellar rendition of “Astronomy Domine,” that’s actually better than the original.
Likewise, Claypool/FFFB has priors for covering King Crimson (“Thela Hun Ginjeet”) however for this release they went to the well with the signature “In The Court Of The Crimson King”, with Claypool and Lennon alternating verses. Typically not a big fan of bass solos but this cover might be the exception because the riffing actually makes sense. No disrespect to John Wetton but don’t let him hear Claypool’s masterful rendition on bass, he might come back from the dead and throw himself off a nearby roof.
Claypool also pays bass mafia respects to one of the instrument’s godfathers, boarding the wayback machine and charting course for John Entwistle’s “Boris The Spider”.
“Satori” by Travelin Flower Band, the most obscure selection, rounds out the offering with some screeching psychedelia. The Official Video re-deploys early Primus claymation stylings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG5zRsKMyBc
Other than some subtle periodic noodling, on the whole the outfit remains loyal to the original arrangements; the soundscapes throughout Lime And Limpid Green are plush with vintage instrumentation and chops ahoy. If you don’t pick this up then you need to have your prog-rocker credentials revoked immediately.