In Search of the Turtle's Navel

In Search of the Turtle's Navel (originally titled "The Search for the Turtle's Navel" from 1976-1979[4]) is the 1976 debut album by guitarist Will Ackerman. Some consider the album to be the start of new-age music.[2] The album took Ackerman from his work as a carpenter and head of Windham Hill Builders to becoming a professional musician and executive of Windham Hill Records.

In Search of the Turtle's Navel
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Studio album by
Released1976
Recorded1975, Mantra Studios, San Mateo, CA[1]
GenreAmerican primitive, new age
Length45:05
LabelWindham Hill
ProducerScott Saxon & William Ackerman
Will Ackerman chronology
In Search of the Turtle's Navel
(1976)
It Takes a Year
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[3]

The picture on the album cover is one Ackerman took of his younger sister Elinor when they were children.

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Will Ackerman

Original Track Listing 1975-1979

  1. "The Pink Chiffon Tricycle Queen" – 5:32
  2. "Ely" – 5:26
  3. "Windham Mary" – 4:27
  4. "Processional" – 3:43
  5. "Dance for the Death of a Bird" – 5:59
  6. "Second Great Tortion Bar Overland of West Townshend, Vermont, Jose Pepsi Attending" – 2:33
  7. "What the Buzzard Told Suzanne" – 4:33
  8. "Barbara's Song" – 7:28
  9. "Gazos" – 4:36
  10. "Slow Motion Roast Beef Restaurant Seduction" – 3:34
  11. "Woman She Rides" – 2:43

Rerelease Track Listing 1979–present

  1. "The Pink Chiffon Tricycle Queen" – 5:32
  2. "Ely" – 5:26
  3. "Windham Mary" – 4:27
  4. "Processional" – 3:43
  5. "Second Great Tortion Bar Overland of West Townshend, Vermont, Jose Pepsi Attending" – 2:33
  6. "What the Buzzard Told Suzanne" – 4:33
  7. "Barbara's Song" – 7:28
  8. "Gazos" – 4:36
  9. "Slow Motion Roast Beef Restaurant Seduction" – 3:34
  10. "Dance for the Death of a Bird" – 5:59

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Turtle's Navel 1990 Liner Notes".
  2. ^ a b William Ruhlmann, "Review: In Search of the Turtle's Navel", Allmusic (link)
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th Concise ed.). United Kingdom: Omnibus Press. p. 35. ISBN 978-1-84609-856-7.
  4. ^ "1976 Turtle's Navel on Discogs".