Ask the Unicorn is an “acid folk” masterpiece and one of the most singular releases from the infamous and historic ESP-Disk catalogue. It was recorded live to tape by a 27 year-old Ed Askew in 1968. Since that time, the impossible-to-find record and the man have acquired a mythological status.
AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason [+] One of ESP-Disk’s true acid folk classics, up there with their Pearls Before Swine and Fugs albums, Ed Askew ‘s Ask the Unicorn is one of the most unique singer/songwriter albums of the ’60s. Rather than the usual guitar, Askew plays the tiple, a Latin ten-stringed instrument that’s
Ed Askew is a singer-songwriter from New York, and that in itself isn’t anything unusual, but wait till you get a load of this guy’s lyrics. Just the most stoner-acidheady lovey dovey flowery hippie bullshit that could ever be set to music.
Ed Askew is best known, if he’s known at all, for his obscure 1968 album Ask The Unicorn on cult New York label ESP-Disk, home to such pioneers of the city’s free jazz scene as Sun-Ra, Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler, and equally out-there folk-rock acts the Fugs, the Godz and Pearls Before Swine.
Imperfiction. Ed Askew’s 1968 debut, Ask the Unicorn, remains one of acid-folk’s farthest-out relics, the product of a freshly blown mind working his way through big cosmic questions. 1970’s Little Eyes cut its planetary curiosity with more terrestrial concerns, upping the Bob Dylan influence to its slight detriment.
Ask the Unicorn LP ESP-Disk 1968 Bio. Ed Askew is a painter and singer-songwriter who lives in New York City. Born in Stamford, Connecticut, he moved to New Haven to study painting at Yale Art School in 1963 and took up, more or less, permanent residence there until leaving for New York in 1987.
Nov 08, 2013 · Ed Askew – Ask The Unicorn 1968. Askew is a gifted, confessional lyricist, and the songs are emotionally engaging in a way that many psychedelic records are not. In a particularly interesting element of the album considering its pre-Stonewall recording date, Askew’s …