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OMNI RECORDING COMPANY (AUSTRALIA)
"Biff Rose is well known as a wordsmith, satirist and vivid prankster. A 'flower-power' Tom Lehrer exploding across rollicking canvases of song best illustrated on his 1968 album
The Thorn In Mrs. Rose's Side
Children Of Light
. What is far less well known is that Biff Rose also had a serious side. Divorced and cast adrift his self-titled 1970 album is solemn, heartfelt and an undiscovered gem in his catalog. Grand orchestrations swirl around lyrics awash with loss and contemplation as they ride above Biff's dexterous tickling of the ivories. 14 tracks remastered and on CD for the first time."
The Thorn In Mrs. Rose's Side/Children Of Light
"A cult hero to many of new 'weird folk's' heavy hitters including Devendra Banhart, Biff Rose was an odd singer/songwriter who didn't fit into any comfortable niche when he emerged in the late 1960s. Often sounding like a Broadway songwriter with his jaunty piano and bouncy singalong melodies, the New Orleans pianist was like a vaudeville entertainer reincarnated as a spacy hippie. He added an arch, whimsical tone and sarcastic, ironic undercurrents to his songs that both reflected and mocked the counterculture, much like fellow musician and sometime collaborator, Van Dyke Parks. Highly revered by David Bowie, who covered the Biff Rose songs 'Fill Your Heart' (co-written by Paul Williams) on his
album and 'Buzz The Fuzz' in live performances. Rose also achieved some notoriety in the late '60s via network television appearances, particularly on Johnny Carson's show. Devendra Banhart probably states it best in his own inimitable way when he writes:
'Biff Rose writes and sings from the heart of the universe... he is the good earth gently stomped upwards, and [while] I don't mean he, his music is a hermaphrodite child from wisdomville'
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