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Henry Kaiser Band: Heart's Desire

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Guitarist Henry Kaiser is a prolific member of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene, as well as being a globally recognized leader of the "second generation" free improvisers who came of age in the '70s. His earliest musical inspiration came from the spiky sounds of English improvising guitarist Derek Bailey and the many guitarists in Captain Beefheart's Magic Band; later on Kaiser absorbed the subtle string textures of the American blues stylists and traditional music of Asia, particularly India, Korea, and Vietnam. His initial recordings documented solo projects and spontaneous groupings with other energetic improvisers like Fred Frith, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, pianist Greg Goodman, and vocalist Diamanda Galas. Kaiser's restless creativity unearthed many new and unconventional electric guitar techniques during these years, and he combined these innovations with a strong sense of logic and concise development, often aided by sophisticated sound-processing devices. Recently Kaiser's projects have tended toward the rock sound of the '60s and '70s, with a special fascination for the music of The Grateful Dead. But he has simultaneously explored American folk along with the folk music of Vietnam and Madagascar.
-- Myles Boisen , All-Music Guide

Heart's Desire is a 1990 live album from the Henry Kaiser Band, including The Band's "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" from The Band.


  1. Dark Starr (Garcia,Jerry/Hart,Mickey)
  2. River's Edge (Anderson,Bruce)
  3. Fishin' Hole (Hagen/Sloane/Spencer)
  4. Anyone Who Had a Heart (Bacharach,Burt/David,Hal)
  5. Losing Hand (Calhoun)
  6. Don't Let a Thief Steal into Your Heart (Thompson)
  7. Nr.2 Klavierstuck Ii (Stockhausen,Markus)
  8. Are You Experienced? (Hendrix,Jimi)
  9. Loner (Young,Neil)
  10. Flavor Bud Living (Vliet,Don Van)
  11. Ballad of Shane Muscatell (Constanten,Tom)
  12. King Harvest [Has Surely Come] (Robertson, J.R.) [RealAudio]
  13. Black Light (Anderson,Bruce/Kaiser,Henry)
  14. Buried Treasure (Hanes,Hilary)
  15. Never Again (Anderson,Bruce)
Henry Kaiser Band - Heart's Desire - 1990 - Reckless 19

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