Genre: Jazz
Label: Sundazed
Size: 12"
Additional Artists: Mick Ronson Bill Bruford
Format: 33RPM,


Annette Peacock X-Dreams LP (Gold Vinyl)

Annette Peacock

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Gold Vinyl LP Pressed At Third Man Pressing!
Backing Band Includes King Crimson Drummer Bill Bruford & David Bowie Guitarist Mick Ronson!

Arriving in 1978, X-Dreams is an infatuating and resolutely feminine free-form exploration of the politics and dynamics of sex. In the pursuit to reconcile the duality of attraction & repulsion and love & cruelty, the album oscillates between an assertive opening side and a sweeter side B. Assembling a crew of 22 musicians (including Mick Ronson on guitar and Bill Bruford on drums), Peacock delivers impassioned vocal performances alongside an improvisational jazz-rock fusion masterpiece of musicianship, almost all of which was recorded in one take.

Self-taught musician and composer Annette Peacock has described her early style as "free-form" songwriting. She came to prominence in New York City's early 1960s jazz scene alongside players like Ornette Coleman, an association that puts her at the helm of what we now consider the free jazz movement.

For all its complication, her approach suggests that music can and should be made by any one, in any way they want, with any one they want. She may talk-sing her lyrics through a melody like a Beat poet. She may wail out of her throat like a saxophone. She may invite another instrument to the podium to make its own statement. Or, she may rest a note out in the open, confidently enthroned on an apex of self-governance. Where most musicians riff, she creates sonic space.

Originally released in 1978, X-Dreams is Peacock's second studio album and first for the Aura label. She serves as the album's composer, producer, and performer. There are twenty-two musicians on the album, most of whom had never played together and most of what you hear was recorded in one take. Her compositions are whimsical, sometimes to the point of feeling erratic. Her lyrics are often wry, but she seems to take great care that her distortions never hold contempt for the listener. Some critics have begrudged this musical waxing and waning over the years, misunderstanding the value of it as one of her great artistic strengths.

There are no weak moments on X-Dreams, and despite its age, the album still sounds a bit ahead of its time. Peacock may have been wringing her own personal exorcism from these tracks, but for the rest of us, she offered a guidebook of complex emotional terrain, a treatise on the messy state of love, and a musical dissertation on how to integrate the nuances of form in rock and jazz.
-Thom Jurek,, 4.5/5 stars


  • Gold Vinyl
  • Pressed at Third Man Pressing
  • Insert
  • Liner Notes from Music Historian Tiffany Minton


Annette Peacock vocals
Mick Ronson guitar
Chrs Spedding guitar
Jim Mullen guitar
Tommy Cosgrove guitar
Phil Lee guitar
Brian Godding guitar
Kuma Harada bass
Jeff Clyne bass
Stu Woods bass
Peter Pavli bass
Steve Cook bass
Bill Bruford drums
John Halsey drums
Rick Morotta drums
Dave Sheen drums
Darryl Le Que congas
Brother James congas
George Khan saxophone
Dave Chambers saxophone
Ray Warleigh saxophone
Peter Lermer keyboards


Side One:

  1. My Mama Never Taught Me How To Cook
  2. Real & Defined Androgens
  3. Dear Bela

Side Two:

  1. This Feel Within
  2. Too Much In The Skies
  3. Don't Be Cruel (To A Heart That's True)
  4. Questions

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