The Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble – The Neptune Collection


I picked this album up recently half-expecting some excessively artsy, self-indulgent improv noodling with maybe a redeemable moment or two sprinkled within. The “Theatre Ensemble” part of the name kind of just gave me the willies for some reason. On the other hand, it is on Folkways and it has a cool cover with some intriguing song titles (Tar Box Poltergeist, anyone?). Fortunately, my initial guess about the music turned out to be far off base.

This is a small group (4) of open minded musicians dipping into a communal folk/jazz/chamber/new-age bag with lots of lovely nature sounds mixed in to excellent effect. They’re definitely creating something unique here, and yet it doesn’t feel like work to listen to this at all. It would be excellent nap music, save for a couple of shrill moments that would probably jolt you out of any prospective slumber.

Listen: Tar Box Poltergeist, Euphoric Bells

29 Comments

  • Fantastic record and better than their other lp. One of my favorite Folkways records for sure.

  • damn, this is amazing, thanks for posting!

  • Did yours come with the book? If I didn’t gie that record away (which I’m thinking more and more that I did), I’ll try and scan something from it.

  • The insert is a one-sheet with the musician credits on it and a little artwork. No book in sight.

  • this is stunning. folkways continues to astound me. I heard about this record but never heard it til now. all i can say is wow…

  • what is this putfile bidness?

  • I’ve had this for a couple years now. I think ’tis time for a revisit.

  • and apparently I posted aleady
    OOF

  • Thank you for putting this up here… it is nice to see these comments
    …here is a link to the website i am starting for Entourage…let me know what you think
    best
    Wall Matthews
    http://www.entouragemusic.com

  • Hi I work at Smithsonian Folkways, great to see all your interest in a really great album! Just wanted to let people know that it is still available on CD and for download here:
    http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=1983

    Thanks!!

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