Comus: First Utterance– Part II: Interview with Members of Comus About the Album
Following the publication here last week of Comus- First Utterance (consisting of an overview of the LP, its reissue and legacy), An Interview with Members of Comus has now been published. It is integrated into the first article as Part II and can be accessed directly (if you already read Part I and want to go directly to the interview(s)) by clicking on the hyperlinked text in the preceding sentence.
The interview is really a series of viewpoints from different band members and, like the album itself, offers some starkly different perspectives that ultimately cohere into a larger narrative; about the band, the making of the record and the creators’ individual views of its importance, then and now. This is a fascinating look behind a recording that stands as a milestone in the recorded arts–a convergence of psych, folk and classical influences that sounds like no other recording.
I would like to thank each member of Comus for the time they devoted to answering my questions and a special thank-you! to Bobbie Seagroatt, who acted as point person and shepherdess to help navigate through the layers of time and memory since the album’s release in 1971.