Gundella: The Hour Of The Witch (1971, reissued by Modern Harmonic in 2017)

December 2, 2017 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Gundella: The Hour Of The Witch

Gundella was an actual witch who lived in Michigan, studied at several state universities, and has lectured at both EMU and right here at U of M, along with other institutions across the country. This is an album she recorded in 1971, in which she informs the listener about the beliefs of witches, and how to cast spells. There’s some faint, spooky organ music, but Gundella’s voice is loud and clear. Her daughter provides the extensive liner notes, describing what it was like growing up the child of a witch. As for the spells, Gundella stresses the importance of emotion and imagination when casting spells. The spells are used to make someone fall in love with you, keep your significant other from entering another one’s house, and discouraging unwanted suitors. This album was reissued by the same label that’s been releasing a lot of Sun Ra recordings (including a new collection of his exotica works), and this definitely seems to inhabit a similar interplanetary realm. An absolutely fascinating, completely one-of-a-kind recording.

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