The National Gallery

Performing musical interpretations of the paintings of Paul Klee.

Paul Klee is a abstract artist who practiced in the early 20th century. When I first glanced at this album, I thought it was going to be music to watch Paul Klee by -- i.e., lame instrumental fluff you could play in your art gallery while you enjoyed Paul's paintings. Much to my delight, I was wrong. This record is exactly what it says: musical interpretations of Paul Klee's works, done up in extreme beatnick style by a 60's band called The National Gallery.

The National Gallery Imagine you're in junior high school and the teacher asks you to look at some paintings and then write a song or a poem about them. That's exactly what Musical Interpretations is -- a series of incredibly unlikely tracks, each named for a Paul Klee painting, each with its own set of psychedelic lyrics that never cease to amaze you with their "interpretation" of the painting at hand. For convenience, a handy insert is included with full-color photographs of each painting along with the printed lyrics so you can follow along (maybe even sing along?).

On "Boy With Toys", based on a simple block painting of a child with a few wooden toys, the National Gallery gives us lyrics like "Boy with toys, alone in the Attic/ Choking his hobby horse, thinking of his mother". For "A Child's Game", the Gallery goes all out, giving us lyrics like "Grown ups in a city somewhere/Surrounded by uncertainty/Just objects of society/They play the children's game". There's even a musical interpretation of Klee's "Self Portrait"!

Whether you love Paul Klee, you love beatnick lyrics, or you just love the lengths to which musicians will go to be "different", Musical Interpretations is one of your best buys on vinyl today. Look for it at a garage sale near you.

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A Child's Game (MP3) When you grow up, what will you be?
Barbaric, Classical, Solemn (MP3) Laughter, hatred, half-dead, naked, where is the solution?
Self Portrait (MP3) Can you truly paint yourself, when so affected by unrelated matters?

See Also: Poe through the Glass Prism

Your Comments:

KERRY & EDWARDS IN '04! says:
KERRY & EDWARDS IN '04! (10-28-2004)

Frank Aaaaahhhhh says:
Chuck Mangione's father was that noted food specialist "Chef Boyardi". (08-06-2004)

Frank A says:
The credits list a Charles Mangione. Is this the same Chuck Mangione we all know of, or perhaps his father? (08-06-2004)

Stephanie ( says:
Kewlies (05-30-2004)

Stephanie ( says:
Kewlies (05-30-2004)

Sezer says:
NOT (05-30-2004)

Sezer ( says:
I Love it (05-30-2004)

Jorma says:
"Pond With Swans", "A Negro Child Does Not Understand The Snow", "Self Portrait", "Fear Of Becoming Double"..some of the best psychedelic pop i know!! (05-24-2004)

Jorma says:
one of my favorite albums of the 60s. This really does need to come out on CD. somebody, please! (05-24-2004)

Peanut Head says:
WOW!!..dis stuff better dan POO thru da Glass Prison fer sure....real deep lyrics an stuff...

Deze guyz wuz buyin' GOOD SHEEEIT fer sure...wish I had sum o' dat....

BUT..i got JAMMY OSMINDT cds and don need no cum Frank don have no JIMMEY OZMANDT CDs anyhow on dis site??...DAT wud be cool...

Best to git nekkid wid JAMMY, an dis LP too,...den da smokes an LIQOUR an den we can....oops....MOMMY again...bye... (05-22-2004)

Joseph Gallant ( says:
Is this for real?!?!?? (05-06-2004)

Adam says:
Aaaargh! Art students sharing a brain cell. (03-13-2004)

Cudgel says:
Is Charles Mangione the same as Chuck Mangione?
Things that make you go HHhhmmmmmmmmmm.... (02-29-2004)

Hugo the Fishhead says:
After listening to the songs again and reading some of the other comments, the National Gallery reminds me of a bargain basement Jefferson Airplane! Not the paintings of Paul Klee! (02-12-2004)

Hugo the Fishhead says:
I got a kick out of the fact that nothing about these musical selections reminds me of Paul Klee's paintings. Even though the songs by themselves are pretty uninteresting, when one juxtaposes the songs with images of Klee's paintings, they become quite hilarious and entertaining. (02-12-2004)

K Clare ( says:
Time for Sundazed to put this gem on CD!!!! (01-04-2004)

ka ( says:
c'est bof (12-01-2003)

ashley ( says:
i liked paul klees painting i recon they are cool as! (08-24-2003)

mehreen (sweet_angel4life2003) says:
i m outta ov ma words (06-10-2003)

Satanic_Aimee says:
This truly is amazing, and inspiring as well. There have been other modern day bands who created songs based on their interpretations of paintings, specifically a band called They Might Be Giants. (05-26-2003)

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