Suni McGrath - Cornflower Suite

“The music on this record is my attempt to explore and further the american acoustic guitar. I have four sources for the musics here presented: Bulgarian music for rhythmic modes and ideas, also modulation of melodic modes and harmonies; Hindustani for subtle melodic graces and ideas of variation, fahey for the conception of the art; Bartok for modal harmonies analogous to conventional western harmony, and treatment of themes.” (Suni McGrath, cover notes)

In my view, Fahey, Basho & McGrath are something of a holy trinity for american primitive solo guitar. Among them, McGrath is easily the least well-known. Cornflower Suite is his outstanding first LP. This is a fresh vinyl rip by yours truly. Enjoy.

Release Information
Year: 1969.
Country: USA.
Label: Adelphi.
Side 1
1. Cornflower Suite 13:05
2. Picnic On The Moor 2:21
3. Garden Of Afternoon 6:15

Side 2
1. Winged Sandal 4:15
2. Pea Plucker's Pavane 4:29
3. Xopo 4:18
4. Blue Domes Of Isfahan 4:29
5. Parting Dance 3:20
Comments (23)

23 Responses

  1. Dan Leo says:

    Wow — thank you!

  2. nicholab says:

    Stop the presses. I’m going to re up this rip in a matter of minutes with a couple of sequencing corrections. Looks like a couple tracks are tagged wrong. Sit tight!

  3. Aweseome! Love this album and i’m sure your rip will top the rather mediocre version i have, many thanks!

    Ok, i admit, i find Basho’s music self-indulgent, boring, pompous and simply unbearable.

    McGrath, on the other hand, is, at least to my ears, easily the most accessible of your trinity of primitive guitar. All albums i’ve heared from him are wonderful.

  4. Sam says:

    Reminds me of Peter Lang. Very nice stuff, unknown to me. Thanks!

  5. BP says:

    Thanks for this & also for sharing Childgrove a while back. That remains one of my favorite (and oft-played) GC discoveries.

  6. Anonymous says:

    beautiful! thank you!

  7. Gabriela says:

    amazing record. thanks for sharing!

  8. magogiallo says:

    i Have to thank you thousand times for this losssless rip, I love this album but I have only a low bitrate version THANK YOU

  9. Taff Weasel says:

    Thanks so much! I’ve waited a long time for this.

  10. nick says:

    thank you for this — very nice to upgrade the low-grade rip I had of this. It’s a beautiful album and I’m looking forward to reacquainting myself with it. Thank you again!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Another great post. Thanks very much!

  12. kingpossum says:

    Mega. There is really trippy stuff happening here that spans classicism, folk, medieval textures, drone, all kinds of stuff. Could have been made right now in the context of the so-called ‘new wyrd’ stylings. Amazing.

    And so is my cool-boss Ghost Capital t-shirt which I proudly wear as this is being typed!

    Thanks for the post,

  13. kingpossum says:

    Oh yes, might Mr. James Patrick Page have heard this LP? Me thinks yes.

  14. Drew says:

    This is great! My buddy also said it reminded him of Peter Lang. I particularly like the eastern-sounding stuff…which is my favorite Jack Rose/Pelt material as well.

  15. hola. carnavalitos.

    also posted rangarang just for you bbgrrl.

  16. Anonymous says:

    ahmed abdul malik – spellbound ST 8303 RE ST-8303


  17. Anonymous says:

    ahmed abdul malik – eastern moods


  18. Anonymous says:

    you said:

    > Want To Hear:

    > Ahmed Abdul Malik- Spellbound

    > Ahmed Abdul Malik- The Eastern Moods

    links sent in the previous comments.


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