Robert Quine/Fred Maher

  • Robert Quine/Fred Maher
  • Basic (Editions EG) 1984 

New York guitar master Quine (Voidoids/Lou Reed) and ex-Material drummer Maher recorded a mesmerizing no-frills celebration of the sound of the electric guitar. Over the pro forma mechanized rhythm patterns suggested by the title, the pair lay down their riffs and then Quine embroiders them — magically. Don’t look for memorable tunes or even clever tricks — this is a player’s album, amazingly pure, though not so simple.

[Mark Fleischmann]

See also: Jody Harris, Richard Hell