The High Windows
The High Windows


4.0
excellent

Review

by Shachar Sagui USER (26 Reviews)
May 24th, 2013 | 13 replies | 735 views


Release Date: 1967 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Israeli Rubber Soul.

Before even trying to understand such seemingly excessive claim, you will have to understand the situation in Israel in the 60's. Being as conservative as the Jewish people always were, the 60's Israeli community was also very closed and proud, partly because the Israeli people were raised to be so. Therefore, the music scene was very monotonous, consisting only of eastern European folk melodies and pro-Israel Hebrew lyrics. The music community was in fact so closed-minded, that The Beatles were actually banned to play in Israel in the late 60's, to avoid the "bad" influence on youth, and a kid in the 50's who was caught listening to Jazz could be kicked out of his school.

The High Windows was the trio to change it all. Rightfully so, their self-titled debut and only album is considered the first Israeli pop album. It is the album that revolutionized the entire Israeli Rock and Pop scene, much like Rubber Soul did globally. The lyrics were so controversial, criticizing both the religious population and the military, that some of the songs were labeled offensive and banned to play on radio. Nonetheless, some of the songs became Israeli classics, and are loved to this day.
The High Windows was also revolutionary musically. Taking a lot from many British acts, and especially The Beatles, the album utilizes vocal harmonies and fresh instrumental arrangements. The dreamy guitar lines that accompany songs like You Can't Go or First Love are executed perfectly, and fit just right. The sad ballads like Doleful Singing, which was written by Rachel, a famous Israeli poet, and Little Girl are extremely gloomy and bleak, marking another high point of the album.
The performance in the album is very well; the personnel naming some amazing Israeli talents. The production is also very good and 60's sounding and both vocalists are great.

The band was firstly named The Windows, as a tribute to The Doors, a band which its influence is very obvious here, especially on the song Where Are Our Ancestors, but later changed to The High Windows, implying the drug culture that just barely arrived to Israel.
Much like Rubber Soul, The High Windows was both musically amazing and very influential on the music scene, starting a Pop, Rock and even Progressive Rock culture in Israel. The album led to the forming of other great Israeli bands like Tamouz and Churchill's. It is an essential piece of history, and a fun album to listen to on its own.

The High Windows was released in April 1967. The record label is Hed Arzi and it is 33:47 minutes long.

Recommended Tracks:
- You Can't Go
- All Week Long
- Doleful Singing

Personnel:
Band members:
Arik Einstein - Vocals
Shmulik Kraus - Guitars, Vocals, Composing
Josey Katz - Vocals
Other musicians involved in the recording were:
Zigi Skarbnik - Piano, Pipe Organ, Vocals
Shmuel Aroch - Bass Guitar
Zohar Levi - Drums

Production:
Producer - Beny Amdurski



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ViperAces
May 24th 2013


12428 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfR9DxI7Gnc&list=PL1KTwpDLtGWoAVpqHLhMyTPYRuB1dJxi8

the band actually released an english version of ezekiel with totally different lyrics, which is imo not as good but you can check it out if you like to
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s8JhjFg7xI

Cygnatti
May 24th 2013


21352 Comments


what an alluring summary

Digging: Jon Hopkins - Immunity

ViperAces
May 24th 2013


12428 Comments


it is, or are you being sarcastic? anyway, the album lives up to it

Cygnatti
May 24th 2013


21352 Comments


not sarcastic at all.

ViperAces
May 24th 2013


12428 Comments


well then you must give this a try, or at least You Cant Go, its the best song ever
liking this would also really bump your eliteness

Cygnatti
May 24th 2013


21352 Comments


can't find their stuff anywhere...

ViperAces
May 24th 2013


12428 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp-oAudF6yY

if you dont like this song you wont like the album at all

Cygnatti
May 24th 2013


21352 Comments


okay, so I like it quite a bit... I just can't sing along to it, which normally isn't a problem, except that this is pop.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2013


1625 Comments


Thanks for expanding my mind a bit!

ViperAces
May 25th 2013


12428 Comments


@cyg
ah, i guess i can see how thats a problem, because i enjoy foreign songs a lot more after i learn how to sing their choruses:/ thanks anyway

@holiday
np bro : D


sideburndude
May 25th 2013


2782 Comments


This sounds quite interesting

ViperAces
May 25th 2013


12428 Comments


it is, check out the song i gave to cyg

Moople
June 22nd 2013


228 Comments


rip dethtrasher



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