Four Violins," recorded in 1964, is a multitracked
marvel of Conrad himself on violin times four, the instrument's tones distorted and screaming: the piece can't help but make a strong impact.
Unfortunately, the material doesn't hold up to repeated scrutiny, even as Lynne's inspiration on such tunes as the multitracked
``Lonesome'' (Patsy Cline), ``Baby'' (Les Paul and Mary Ford) and ``I Will Stay'' (Chet Baker) is evident.
D'Angelo, ``Voodoo'' (Cheeba Sounds/Virgin): With sheets of warm multitracked
vocals recalling Marvin Gaye and Al Green, an intricate mix featuring jazz musicians in key roles and plenty of seductive swampy atmosphere, balmy crooner D'Angelo proved contemporary r&b doesn't have to feel embalmed, even if it was five years in the making.
It's slow, undanceable, mostly acoustic, and he sings - really - in mournful multitracked