Inspired by Europe's Rock In Opposition movement of the late 1970s, drummer/composer David Kerman formed the 5uu's in Los Angeles in 1984. The band's name was derived from gang graffiti spray-painted on local buildings.
Point Of Views reissues their first two lps: Bel Marduk Tiamat, about which Chris Cutler said "For a 1st album, it is a wonder", and Elements, which features the addition of The Motor Totemists Guild and is the embryonic blueprint for U Totem.
It also includes their 7" single and the final recording by this version of the group. "Point Of Views" is an essential document for those interested in the development of a distinctly American version of R.I.O. inspired progressive music.
released May 14, 1996
Tracks 1-8 from the lp "BEL MARDUK & TIAMAT"
Tracks 9-10 from the 7" single "BAR CODE"
Tracks 11-019 from the lp "ELEMENTS"
Track 20 from the "ReR QUARTERLY Vol. 3, #3"
BEL MARKUK & TIAMAT [U:r Records] Recorded in 1984
Jon Beck: bass / Randy Coleman: guitar / Greg Conway: guitar / David Kerman: drums, keyboards / Curt Wilson: vocals
with Dan Malouin: bass on 8 and Jim Norman: piano on 2.
BAR CODE [Rotary Totem Records] Recorded in 1985
Jon Beck: bass / David Kerman: drums, pianos / Curt WIlson: vocals with Lynn Johnston: woodwinds / Chuck Turner: keyboards / Ken Ando: guitar.
ELEMENTS [ReR Megacorp] Recorded in 1986
Jon Beck: bass / Greg Conway: guitar / David Kerman: drums, keyboards, guitar / Sanjay Kurmar: keyboards / Curt Wilson: vocals
and THE MOTOR TOTEMIST GUILD:
James Grigsby: bass, keyboards, guitar, vibes, snake flute, trumpet / Emily Hay: flute / Becky Heninger: cello / Lynn Johnston: woodwinds
with Ken Ando: guitar on 13 & 16 / Gene Carl: piano on 12 / Eric Johnson: bassoon on 18 & 19 / Chuck Turner: keyboards on 13 & 16.
CAROUSEL OF PROGRESS [ReR Megacorp] Recorded in 1987
Jon Beck: bass / Greg Conway: guitar / David Kerman: drums / Sanjay Kumar: keyboards / Curt Wilson: vocals.
All songs by David Kerman except #6 (Kerman/Coleman), #7 (Kerman/Conway), #12 (Grigsby/Kerman), #13 (Turner/Ando/Kerman), #16 (Beck/Turner/Ando/Kerman), #18, #20 (Kerman/Kumar), #19 (Kerman/Grigsby/Kumar)
Recorded by Curt Wilson at Telstar and Backlot Studios, Burbank, CA.
Mixed by 5uu's.
Produced by David Kerman.
Original art work by Patrick Tierney.
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