John Kadlecik | Liquid Silver Live

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Liquid Silver Live

by John Kadlecik

Live psychedelic rock EP with recent compositions by John Kadlecik & Indi Riverflow.
Genre: Rock: Jam-band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Great Vehicle (Live)
8:20 album only
2. Liquid Silver (Live)
14:25 album only
3. Riverrun (Live)
4:33 album only
4. Desert Trance (Live)
11:48 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.



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Scott W.

Wondeful, exploratory music from Kadlecik
Liquid Silver Live by John Kadlecik is a four-song live EP featuring cuts penned by Kadlecik and lyricist Indi Riverflow. The tracks vary in length and style but put Kadlecik's guitar stylings and still-evolving sound on full display. The CD is artfully designed by Amana Mission.

The first cut, the eight-minute "Great Vehicle" - featuring the joyous refrain "We are the bus and the bus is us" !! - includes several pretty piano rolls from keyboardist Paul Grepps, who adds his colorful flourishes across all four tunes. A circuitous jam comes around to a refrain of the chorus and some Ella Fitzgerald-styled vocal scat from Kadlecik.

"Liquid Silver," the next track, references a person "pulling off his first epic prank." JK shares, and weaves, a vocal duet with vocalist Lizzie Kates; the 13-minute cut is full of grace and melody and several stunning acoustic guitar solos from Kadlecik.

"Riverrun" and its Irish folk music roots is the most traditional-styled song of the four. It is a pleasure to hear Kadlecik play his own riffs and solos and sing his own songs, especially on "Riverrun." We have mostly only heard John interpret the music of the Grateful Dead, so this song and EP is pure ear candy for any fan of Kadlecik, offering a view into his songwriting craft.

A beautiful acoustic turn on the guitar by John seamlessly slips into the EP's closing track, the lengthy "Desert Trance," co-written with Bob Weir, and filled with the bright, upbeat chord progressions that have been the signatures of Weir's post-Grateful Dead compositions such as "Two Dijin."

JK flavors the adventurous "Desert Trance" with trips through the sounds of calypso, Middle Eastern melodies, and some bad-ass guitar playing. The song explodes in another cheery refrain - "It's time to make it happen/ Just like we've done before."

Perhaps this lyric is a hint that Kadlecik hopes to continue to wave that flag and make his magic, and the magic of the Grateful Dead, happen long after players like Weir and Lesh have called it a day.

Liquid Silver Live - I give this CD five stars on a scale of five.