Farther O'Blivion

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From: Francesco Gentile <>
  Wrong date and band on the booklet. FO'B was performed on 1973 during the Australian summer portion of the 1973 world tour. The line-up should also be corrected, Napoleon Murphy Brock was in that band even if he didn't perform in this particular song.
  Bootleg(s) in which this version has appeared:
  • "Myster Box (The Rondo Hatton Band)" (10 LP),
  • "Cuccurullo Brillo Brullo" (2 CD).
  These bootlegs contain the complete Nanook thing, really amazing.
  The name of this song is incorrect. The booklet says that "Apstrophe(')" was the album in which it has appeared, so the correct name should be "Father O'Blivion". And here is what affz says:
  I think this song's name is incorrect. "Farther O'Blivion" was an instrumental tune, typical -73 band sort of BeBop Tango thing. This song should be called "Father O'Blivion". Don't ask me why the songs are named this way, I can't see any similarities between them.
  Farther O'Blivion was an instrumental, containing parts of "Greggary Peccary", "BeBop Tango" and "Cucamonga". Here's a more complete analysis I posted on affz once:
  Here's my analysis of Farther O'Blivion, as played in Sydney, 06/24/73:
  2) Then there's a solo (in this case violin, later versions sax) over a I-VII-bVI-VII vamp, matching the "Invention of the Calendar" part of GP.
  3) This is followed by most of the "BeBop Tango", including obligatory jazz trombone solo. Later versions also feature George Duke singing "This is BeBop..." and Bruce Fowler dancing.
  4) Various solos, in this case clarinet/trumpet/violin. Also an obligatory marimba solo, which seems partially composed, partially improvised. Finally a drum solo.
  5) The song is concluded with a portion of "Cucamonga".

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