Artist: Wild Man Fischer
Album: An Evening With Wild Man Fischer
Label: Gonzo Multimedia
Release Date: 01/29/2016
Produced by Frank Zappa, this double album of a cappella, spoken-word pieces and field recordings of L.A. street performer, Wild Man Fischer, is one of the strangest records from the sixties. Relying on simplicity and repetition, it’s obvious that Fischer was expressing himself despite a lack of musical training. This is the very definition of “outsider music.”
However, many of the tracks here are catchy and can even be described as garage rock gems, like “The Taster” and the Doors-esque “Circle.” Never before released on CD, this bizarre record can be a fun, lost classic for diehard fans of the likes of Zappa and Captain Beefheart.
– Keith Hadad