Peter Ivers
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Boston native Peter Ivers was a member of psychedelic act Beacon Street Union. When they disbanded, Ivers recorded a solo album, Knight Of The Blue Communion (Epic, 1969), a religious concept. A surreal parade of jazz, psychedelic, pop, classical and vaudeville vignettes with wildly eclectic arrangements and feverish rhythms, featuring an opera singer and electronic "modulations", it evokes Frank Zappa's most eccentric moments and the United States Of America in their most juvenile mood.

Ivers recorded a follow-up, Take It Out on Me (Epic, 1971), but the label never released the music, except for the single Ain't That Peculiar/ Clarence O'Day (Epic, 1971).

After relocating to Los Angeles, Ivers returned to recording with Terminal Love (Warner, 1974), a collection of demented pop-jazz ballads, like Captain Beefheart leading Chicago.

Peter Ivers (Warner, 1976) was his stab at the singer-songwriter model of the 1970s. In included the single Eighteen And Dreaming (Warner, 1976).

The single Love Theme from Filmex (1980) was his last release.

Ivers also wrote theatrical plays and directed experimental films. Ivers wrote In Heaven, the theme of David Lynch's film "Eraserhead" (1978). He became famous as the conductor of the television show "New Wave Theater", that introduced 1980s California hardcore to the masses.

When Ivers was found beaten to death in 1983, at the age of 37, it was speculated that he may have been murdered by a punk musician.

Nirvana Peter (Warner, 1985) is a compilation of four previously released and eight unreleased tracks.

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