Ultimate Vag is a group of avant-garde rockers whose core consists of Scott Verrastro of psych-improv outfit Kohoutek and co-conspirator Chris Grier. For this Union Pool show last November, they were joined by Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers, and the Don Fleming of the Velvet Monkeys, Gumball and several other bands. The foursome closed out an incredible night that also featured Suzuki Junzo (recording), Eidetic Seeing (recording) and Rhyton (recording) with a sprawling improvisational take on The Walker Brothers’ “The Electrician” from their final (and bizarrely proggy) record, Nite Flights. The band took that six-minute song and transformed it into a miasma of abstract noise that alludes to the oddly influential role of this song from a mostly-forgotten album. Launching into the number almost totally unrehearsed gave the players broad latitude to take things where the moment suggested they go, and the resulting output is a once-in-a-lifetime musical moment that we are thrilled to have captured for you.
I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 microphones from our usual spot in the venue, plus an excellent soundboard by house engineer Doug. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!
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01 The Electrician [The Walker Brothers]
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