Spontaneous Music Orchestra: For You to Share
It comes off rather well, really. Watts is a tremendously underrated and markedly lyrical player. After awhile here he seems to run out of ideas and begins to harp on a couple of repetitive figures, although that may be part of the trance music aspect of the piece. He certainly begins with some wondrous melody-making. The audience's drone harks back to some of the earliest notated music, where drones by one voice set off a melody by another; the "orchestra" here has numerous affecting moments.
The second track, "Peace Music," was recorded in a studio four months before "For You to Share." There's no telling who was in the studio, but here the drone is instrumental, and Watts' soprano is Oriental in a Coletrane-ish mode. You hear his playing a bit better here (although the drone threatens to overwhelm him on occasion) and it deserves to be. Stevens contributes some tabla-like drumming, and the whole thing could be going on in Bombay.
This is fine and fascinating music. The words on the front cover are arranged in a peace symbol, and perhaps the whole thing is a bit dated. But the marvelous playing by Watts and Stevens is timeless, making this a most welcome reissue.
Record Label: Emanem