Here's an album capturing the sounds and events one might have encoutered if one attended USC during the 1970-71 school year.
I've heard plenty of high school and college year-in-review albums, but few have sounded like this one.
The A-side is a montage of sounds from around the campus during the school year. Even if I'd attended, I suspect I'd have found this production frustrating, because of the way it jumps from event to event, never explaining anything and never containing a complete recording of any one event, either. There are things captured here that I'd love to know about. If I'd been at the school that year, and hadn't been at an event captured here, I'd really want to know what I'd missed.
On the other hand, this is fairly well done, as a montage, and it reminds me of some of the montage work done by Nurse With Wound, among others, and with its recurring use of the song "Moments To Remember", I'm reminded of a particularly enjoyable Negativland "Over the Edge" CD. I do have to question whether the song "Moments to Remember" would have possibly connected on any level with college students in 1971, though.
If anything, the second side, while also an interesting listen, is even more frustrating. it captures the sounds of a music festival held at the school - presumably a yearly event. And it appears to have been a lengthy and wide ranging event, based on this sampling. But again, that's what we have here - a sampling. We few exceptions, these are excerpts from individual performances, with no information as to performers, and no ability to hear from beginning to end any but a couple of these songs.
I really wonder what the performers thought - if they found out they would be on the album, and then listened to it, and discovered that their four song set had been boiled down to 90 seconds out of one four minute song. As with the first side, there's some interesting stuff here (as well as some... not so interesting stuff), and I'd have liked to have heard it all the way through.
The album came in a mostly plain white sleeve, with two fascinating little bits of text on the front cover (at the top and bottom) which are scanned, below. The labels are also fairly plain, but I have scanned them, as well.