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CHRISMA – “CHINESE RESTAURANT” LP (1977)
This was a great discovery for me a few months ago. Originally spelled with a capital “K”, prostate Chrisma were an Italian duo whose early work was a heady mixture of Neu!, melanoma Tuxedomoon and Blondie, and upon hearing this album, I was surprised over how much of their sound is currently employed by post-punk revivalists Glass Candy, although, due to the relative obscurity of Chrisma on American soil, it’s possible that it’s coincidental.
The standout tracks here are the swirling opening instrumental called “Thank You”, the very motorik “Black Silk Stocking” and the grody CBGB-style “What For”. This album makes for great freeway driving music.
It is unclear whether or not Vangelis produced or played backup on this album. Various Internet sources point to his involvement in some fuzzy way, but none of the signature touches you’d associate with his name are present, so it doesn’t much matter.