Beverly Glenn-Copeland - Copeland Keyboard Fantasies LP


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Label: Invisible City Editions

Our Review:

Beverly Glenn-Copeland emerged out of the Toronto folk scene in the early 1970s, releasing a self-titled album in 1970 on GRT that drew comparisons to Joni Mitchell but fell into obscurity rather quickly. Throughout the 70s, he worked with other Toronto folkies such as Bruce Cockburn, but did not make another full length until this record, in 1986, originally released only on cassette.

At the time of this recording Glenn-Copeland was living in the northern Canadian town of Huntsville and the calm and quiet of that town certainly rubbed off on the artist. Performed entirely on DX-7 and TR-707, the music here is new age on its face, but has a deep pulsing undercurrent of bass that gives even the tracks without synthesized drums the impression of a distant dancefloor. Interspersed with ethereal vocals, the songs here bring to mind Steve Roach and the brighter side of Eno's ambient series. Recording far removed from the epicenters of new age and ambient music allowed Glenn-Copeland to work without any kind of commercial or cultural constraints and the freedom that created is palpable in his work.

A beautiful and obscure new age piece that has been lovingly restored and made available for the first time on vinyl thanks to Invisible City Editions.

Arrived with some light wear to the seams and minor corner dents.