Had this emerged on the Relix label, it wouldn't have surprised me a bit because Relix has been pretty well known for emitting a number of LPs that would've been better off remaining shelved. Ironically, Princess of the Rodeo captured Mario Cipollina, bassist and youngest brother of John, the legendary guitarist for Quicksilver Messenger Service, which based itself in San Francisco…home of Relix.
William Dire Wolff calls this "A Far Eastern Psychedelic Spaghetti Western", but that's kinda putting a bad cast on Sergio Leone. A few songs carry the thematics (When Will She?, etc.) but the production is pretty bad with few musical interests to cover the many problems. The rhythms are basic, simple, and sometimes clumsy, with elements of country, jug, folk, rock, and various kindred interpolated styles woven through the connoted opera, working best when achieving a kind of Appalachian tribal level, as in Pretty Nice Girl, Pt. 1. But the main of the CD is too often amateurish, and so we bid it a not-so-fond adieu as the sun sinks in the West, red-faced from more than just ambient particulate matter.
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