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One of the few (?) groups from that time-space I can't remember having heard at least once---what do they sound like? Notice passing mention of Bob Dylan In The 80s (shudder, how is it?)

A vital document of the New York music scene, produced by Jesse Lauter and mastered and restored by Grammy® Award winner Michael Graves

The Miamis (photo by Bob Gruen)
NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Miamis, led by brothers James and Thomas Wynbrandt, were legends in New York in the 1970s, playing shows at CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, and the Mudd Club with artists like Blondie, Television, Ramones, Talking Heads, and even KISS. A Miamis show was the show to see. But, while the crowds loved them, the record business couldn’t decide whether they were pop or punk. Luckily, the band recorded material — with producers like Craig Leon (Ramones) and Genya Ravan in studios including Plaza Sound and Electric Lady. Plus, their live prowess was captured on tape.
Omnivore Recordings is proud to finally “introduce” the Miamis to the world with We Deliver: The Lost Band of the CBGB Era (1974-1979). Twenty-three tracks of the best music you’ve never heard. Street date is January 29, 2016.
The best of the band’s studio material is collected here, as well as demos and live tracks from CBGB — including a cover of Sinatra’s “That’s Life,” recorded two years before Sid Vicious would tackle “My Way.”
The set also features vintage memorabilia, photos by renowned photographer Bob Gruen, and extensive liner notes. The compilation was produced by Jesse Lauter (Bob Dylan in the 80s), the Wynbrandts’ cousin, who discovered his family connection to the Miamis while attending college in New York City decades after the group had disbanded. After carefully transferring the existing tapes, he had the material re-mastered and restored by Grammy®-winning engineer Michael Graves.
The Miamis’ We Deliver: The Lost Band of the CBGB Era (1974-1979) is a timeless gem from the New York music scene of the 1970s. You may think you know the story, but you won’t know the whole story until you devour We Deliver.
“Why don’t more people know about the Miamis?” questions liner note author Glenn Coe. “Probably because they left us so few recordings. Until recently, their songs were known only to those fortunate enough to have heard them in person. But with this carefully re-mastered archival compilation, everyone can now understand how special the group was. It presents the Miamis as they were: a muscular rock band with hit material and a joyous approach. Record companies of the time deemed the Miamis too punk for the pop market and too pop for punk. Today, happily, those labels no longer apply. The music is what matters. And that’s why, as your ears will quickly tell you, the Miamis do, too.”
“I tried never to miss a Miamis show. I loved the songs and the brothers in action was always a great night out. At last we get to hear the Miamis again.” —Deborah Harry, Blondie
“A Miamis show was a guaranteed good time. You knew that the coolest people in New York were going to be there, clapping and singing along to all their great songs.” —Tommy (Tommy Ramone) Erdelyi
“Palm trees on the Bowery!” —Richard Hell, writer and musician
“The Miamis were there from the very beginning of the CBGB era, and their spirit helped make that moment special. ‘We Deliver’ = Deliverance!!” —Lenny Kaye, writer and guitarist, Patti Smith Group
“The Miamis had, like, seventy number-one hits that never got recorded.” —Bob Gruen, rock photographer
“The Wynbrandt brothers were excellent songwriters. The Miamis stood out.” —Hilly Kristal, founder/owner of CBGB

Track Listing:
. 1. We Deliver
. 2. Cry Baby

. 3. I Want a Girlfriend
. 4. Dancin’ Together
. 5. Just Too Many People in the World
. 6. Wang It

. 7. Let There Be Pain

. 8. Another Place, Another Time
. 9. We Need a Bigger Navy
. 10. Fight Team Fight

. 11. She Sure Works Hard (At Lovin’ Me) (demo)
. 12. We Deliver (alternate version)

. 13. I Want a Girlfriend (alternate version/demo)
. 14. Another Place, Another Time (alternate version)
. 15. Open Up Your Heart (live)

. 16. Dada Mama (live)
. 17. Détente (live)

. 18. We Need a Bigger Navy (live)

. 19. Dancin’ Together (live)

. 20. Wang It (live)

. 21. Elvis, Groucho & Bing (live)

 22. Fight Team Fight (live)

. 23. That’s Life (live) 

dow, Tuesday, 29 December 2015 01:29 (four years ago) link

Wow that sounds interesting & I'd thought that era had been mined for all it's worth

Amira, Queen of Creativity (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 29 December 2015 14:25 (four years ago) link

If image don't show, it's Loudon Wainwright III's Late Night Calls, live broadcast Nov. '72 Should be good: Loudie's usually quite the solo showman, and back then the former preppie acting student was already making his mark w twisted manic-smirky humor/bursts of drama, flying sobs, via that tenor and guitar (never just a word guy). Some orginal rarities, and covers of Isleys, Temps, Ernest Tubb (also originals he was already known for, like "Motel Room Blues," soon to be covered well by Big Star live). Mid-Dec '15 release, it says here, but just now getting the memo, so what the heck:

dow, Sunday, 3 January 2016 15:57 (four years ago) link

Westworld Recordings
April 15 2016

"Anthology Vol.1" includes three classic albums by punk legends CHELSEA; "Chelsea" 1979, "Alternative Hits" 1980 and "Evacuate" 1982. This era produced some of the bands most iconic work to date, releasing multiple charting singles including "Right to Work", Chelsea's debut single which was included in Mojo magazine's list of the best punk rock singles of all time. This great band was for many years one of the best of the period. By the end of 1978 they had already clocked up shows with The Clash, Specials, The Fall, The Police and The Subs. Anthology Vol.1 is the first instalment of a three part release that is an absolute must have for fans of Chelsea and the punk genre altogether.

1.I'm On Fire
3.Free The Fighter
4.Your Toy
5.Fools & Soldiers
6.All The Downs
8.Twelve Men
9.Many Rivers
10.Trouble Is The Day
11.No Escape (Demo)
12.Urban Kids (Demo)
13.Twelve Men (Demo)
14.All The Downs (Demo)

1.No Escape
2.Urban Kids
3.No Flowers
4.All The Downs
5.Right To Work
6.Look At The Outside
7.What Would You Do
8.No One's Coming Outside
9.The Loner
10.Don't Get Me Wrong
12.Come On
13.High Rise Living (Bonus)
14.No Admission (Bonus)
15.Blind Date (Bonus)
16.Pretty Vacant (Bonus)
17.Curfew (Bonus)

2.How Do You Know
3.Cover Up
4.Looks Right
5.Tribal Song
6.War Across The Nation
7.40 People
8.Running Free
9.Last Drink
10.Only Thinking
11.Rockin' Horse (Bonus)
12.Years Away (Bonus)
13.Freemans (Bonus)
14.ID Parade (Bonus)
15.How Do You Know (single version) (Bonus)
16.New Era (Bonus)
17.War Across The Nation (single version) (Bonus)
18.Stand Out (Bonus)

dow, Friday, 8 January 2016 23:32 (four years ago) link

xgau's not fond of many folkies, but thought some early Walker songs were amazing, though albums were uneven---"promising" for sure, but then his recording career got derailed:

dow, Friday, 8 January 2016 23:37 (four years ago) link

The 40-year-old demos that scored Walker a Warner Bros. contract
reveal the raw talent of a singer-songwriter whose songs still resonate
— and remain relevant — decades after they captivated Phil Ochs and Mo Ostin.
Due out April 8, 2016.

Sammy Walker: Mid-1970s
HAYESVILLE, N.C. — For a guy whose musical moment rose and fell about as fast as a cloudburst, the story of folk singer-songwriter Sammy Walker’s career carries more twists than a tornado. The latest comes in the form of a April 8, 2016 Ramseur Records release titled Brown Eyed Georgia Darlin’.
One could call this vinyl LP and CD combo package a follow-up to his 2008 Ramseur album, Misfit Scarecrow — except that it predates that material by more than three decades. Recorded in the mid-1970s at New York’s famed Record Plant, Brown Eyed Georgia Darlin’ contains the previously unreleased demos that earned Walker a contract with Warner Bros. Records. How he got there — and from there to here — is one of those crazy music-biz tales that makes you wonder whether to laugh or cry. The best approach, it turns out, is to take a cue from his songs. The humor and heartache they contain are as real as it gets.
And if the true test of a folk talent is the ability to write topical songs that somehow sound timeless — and, for better or worse, remain uncannily relevant decades after their birth — Walker scores a perfect 100. Just check out this lyric from “A Cold Pittsburgh Morning”:
Now this day and time it’s almost come to be a crime to be old in this here country/feeding on decrepit health to fatten up the purse of wealth. God knows it.
Walker wrote that at 23 after reading a newspaper story; his lines convey every shiver, every ounce of despair his sad subject endured, magnified against the celebratory excess of a football-crazy city on game day. It’s the epitome of a folk song, raising awareness about an injustice while contextualizing it as a compelling narrative.
But back to Walker’s story: A Georgia native now living in North Carolina, he recorded two albums in the 1970s for Moe Asch’s Folkways Records (now Smithsonian Folkways), and two more for Warner Bros. Renowned folkie Phil Ochs, who produced Walker’s first, 1975’s Broadside Ballads, Vol. 8: Song for Patty, championed his Dylan-meets-Arlo-and-Woody voice and formidable songsmithing skills to Warner head Mo Ostin even before the album’s release. After hearing these demos — during the Springsteen/Buckley/Wainwright/Prine era when every label was on the hunt for the next “new Dylan” — Ostin snapped him up.
“Phil liked to say, ‘This guy’s better than Dylan.’ Of course, there ain’t nobody better than Dylan,” Walker says, “but Phil heard something he was impressed with. I think he saw in me more of himself than he did [in] Bob Dylan.”
Though you might swear it’s Dylan — or Arlo — singing “Talkin’ Women’s Lib,” it’s worth noting that the talking-blues style predated both.
“Of course, I idolized Dylan when I was a teenager and that led me to Woody and Ochs and Tom Paxton and all those people,” Walker says. “But the way I played and sang wasn’t an imitation, it was just the way I sounded.”
Walker started playing guitar at 13 and began writing songs a few years later. His first performance occurred at the Last Resort, a folk club in Athens, Ga.
“On the weekends they’d have people like Steve Goodman and Townes Van Zandt, and on the weekdays, they’d hire somebody like me and pass the hat,” he recalls. “The first time I ever played, I got about $18 and I thought, ‘Lord, people are paying me to get onstage and caterwaul.’ It just kind of went from there.”
An apartment-building janitor by day, Walker was content to perform in Georgia clubs at night. But then the building changed hands and the staff was fired. With no backup plan, he decided to send a homemade tape to Broadside magazine, the influential folk publication that often printed worthy lyrics. He says he didn’t expect a response, and didn’t get one — for a while.
When he did, it was huge. The magazine not only published his lyrics, but co-founder Gordon Friesen also sent the tape to influential New York DJ Bob Fass, creator of WBAI radio’s popular overnight show, “Radio Unnameable.” Fass, considered a father of free-form radio, started playing Walker nightly, then invited him to come on the show. So Walker got on a train and headed north.
The day after he went on the air, the Weavers’ Lee Hays and Ochs both requested meetings. He met Ochs at the Broadside office, where he performed just a few songs before Ochs committed to helping Walker connect with Folkways. “He went to Moe Asch and talked him into making a record with me,” Walker says in his typically self-deprecating manner.
Walker, who admits in the Georgia Darlin’ liner notes that the only musical ambition he ever harbored was to make a Folkways record, still sounds surprised that it happened, much less what followed. While Ochs pushed Walker to Warner, Harold Leventhal caught wind of his talents. The legendary manager of Woody and Arlo Guthrie and the Weavers was hunting for someone to play Woody in the film version of Bound for Glory. Hays suggested Walker. Broadside co-founder Sis Cunningham accompanied him to her pal Leventhal’s office and harmonized as Walker sang Guthrie.
“Harold got real excited and wanted to send me out to Hollywood for a screen test, but the director, Hal Ashby, said he wasn’t gonna work with no unknown,” reports Walker. (The part went to David Carradine.) But Leventhal became his manager and negotiated Walker’s Warner contract, on the strength of these mostly one-take demos. Nik Venet produced his self-titled Warner debut, released in 1976 (and featuring stellar backing by James Burton and Jim Gordon, among others). Los Angeles Times critic Robert Hilburn declared it one of the year’s most noteworthy debuts.
Sadly, label-limbo realities set in before Walker recorded its 1977 follow-up, Blue Ridge Mountain Skyline. With disco and new wave on the rise, Warner did little to promote either one, and, the artist says, as much as he liked Leventhal, a younger, hungrier manager might have pushed harder for him. Walker lacked even a booking agent, though he did score a European tour in ’78.
When he got home, he learned Warner had dropped him. He tried to find another home, but even smaller labels wouldn’t sign someone who didn’t move units on a major label.
Walker did Songs From Woody’s Pen, an album of Guthrie covers, for Folkways in 1979, a year after he moved to the Catskills town of Stamford. And that seemed to be it. “It just kind of all fell apart before it really got off the ground for me,” he sighs. “I couldn’t even make a living. I had to take a job at a convenience store.”
He spent 17 years behind that counter, performing only when someone requested his presence. During a 1985 appearance, he got an offer to tour Italy, and did 18 Italian and Austrian dates. When he returned three years later, someone recorded the show that became Sammy Walker in Concert, released in 1990 by Swiss label Brambus Records. Walker, who never stopped writing, released a second Brambus recording, Old Time Southern Dream, in 1994.
In 1996, Walker and his wife moved to North Carolina to care for his mother. Three years later, Dolph Ramseur called. “He said he knew my music and he asked me to play at his 30th birthday party. And we became friends.”
Ramseur wasn’t yet involved in the music business, but was interested in breaking in, and asked if Walker had any music nobody had heard. He got the demo tapes.
A year later, Ramseur Records was born — and rapidly built success with the Avett Brothers and other artists. Misfit Scarecrow followed. And now, a year after Walker started collecting Social Security, comes the release that should have launched a bigger career.
Arthritis has ended his playing days, but the music lives — and with Brown Eyed Georgia Darlin’, Sammy Walker is about to be discovered all over again.
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dow, Friday, 8 January 2016 23:38 (four years ago) link

Trans-Pecos is hosting Psychic TV for a very special, two-night event to celebrate the band's release, Fishscales Falling: A Smorgasbord Ov Delights (Dias Records). Tickets for Friday, January 23rd and Saturday, January 24th are $20 each, and there's a special 2-night super ticket for $35 that come with a limited edition, embroidered patch of the Hyperdelic logo designed by Genesis P-Orridge in the 80's.

Born in 1981 from industrial music behemoth Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV is fronted by Throbbing Gristle’s founder: anti-hero, artist, and Pandrogenist, Genesis P-Orridge. — Psychic TV is particularly known for its intense and visceral live performances and for a creative lineage that includes cultural luminaries such as William S. Burroughs, Derek Jarman, and Timothy Leary, among others.

PSYCHIC TV — A Wild Winter's Weekend

20USD (5USD after 2AM)

Psychic TV
Shilpa Ray
Wet Ware
Voodoo Medicine Man
Dj Matt Werth (RVNG)

2AM on After Party Hosted By Other People Records
Dave Harrington (DJ set)
12z (Record Release)
DJ Hvad

20USD (5USD after 10PM)

Psychic TV (Live Film Score to Derek Jarman's In The Shadow of the Sun)
Collapsing Scenery
El Sandwich (Michael Beharie/Bruno Coviello/Bunny Michael)
Styles Upon Styles DJs

10PM After Party Hosted by Lost Soul Enterprises and FlucT
Diamond Terrifier B2B M Beharie B2B Ezra Marcus
Scott Murakin
R Gamble
More TBD...

Psychic TV

Super Ticket (Jan. 23rd & 24th) - $35 [comes with Hyperdelic patch]
January 23rd - $20
January 24th - $20

dow, Saturday, 9 January 2016 00:35 (four years ago) link

from Drag City Newsletter:


Husband and wife team Johnima and Kalassu Wintergate are Lightstorm: globetrotting musical collaborators retransmitting messages of love from their teacher and Avatar, Sathya Sai Baba.

Since 1973, the Lightstorm discography has been issued under a variety of aliases (Creation Earth, 331/3, Teeth) unknown to all but the most obsessed vinyl casualties. Insofar as the irrepressible J&K are known at all, it's for their twisted, ridiculously entertaining 1982 shot-on-video horror-comedy cult classic, Boardinghouse. (See this movie!)
In conjunction with Yoga Records, we now present the first-ever Lightstorm collection! Creation fuses the best tracks from two distinct eras of Lighstorm; the spiritual concept double LP Who Am I: One (1977) and sensual glam rock killer 33 1/3 (1979). Eleven pieces of riveting, catchy, psych-glam-pop weirdness, Creation captures both these sides of Lightstorm, which will surely soothe your spirit and blow your energetic mind! Soar with "Let Your Astral Body Fly," and rut HARD with "Missionary Is Impossible." Creation is equal parts metaphysical and carnal!
To say that there's nothing else like Lightstorm would be an incredible understatement ! Their natural clear underlying love energy is unmistakable. Experience Creation on February 19th!

dow, Saturday, 9 January 2016 00:38 (four years ago) link

I got a promo of that Chelsea set. Listened to about a song and a half, immediately understood their footnote status.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Saturday, 9 January 2016 01:02 (four years ago) link

Manuel Gottsching's E2-E4 is being reissued this month

paolo, Saturday, 9 January 2016 12:18 (four years ago) link

Rut hard?

Mark G, Saturday, 9 January 2016 18:50 (four years ago) link

I commented on Renbourn's The Attic Tapes, Neil Young & The Blue Notes, a couple others, on other threads, but this has a bunch I hadn't heard of or forgot about, presented in an appealing way (though prob won't check the very post-Wyatt Soft Machine show):

dow, Tuesday, 12 January 2016 00:20 (four years ago) link

I reviewed that Soft Machine disc for The Wire. It's a good one, more Mahavishnu-esque than the Wyatt-era stuff.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 12 January 2016 00:51 (four years ago) link

Bring it on---Prix sounding good on the Ork box, ditto Springtime For Chilton's solo singles:

dow, Thursday, 14 January 2016 05:39 (four years ago) link

E2-E4 has been reissued a ton of times, is this remastered? if so, will it be released on CD? vinyl reissues are for morons, NO OFFENSE LOL LMAO

lute bro (brimstead), Thursday, 14 January 2016 06:59 (four years ago) link

Yeah it's coming out on CD too, same release date.

Prix sounding good

Seriously, the Prix stuff on that comp was great. Like a sleazier, more rocking Big Star or something.

stupid children forever (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 17 January 2016 11:38 (four years ago) link

Karl Bartos 'Communication' to be released on Trocadero on 25th March 2016 *available for interviews
Listen and share "Life" (2016) to be released on 7" on February 26th

- Available digitally for the first time
- Remastered by Michael Schwabe of Monoposto Düsseldorf for CD, LP and digital.
- Expanded version containing an unreleased track

“Communication is about the way images determine our view of the world and how electronic media is going to change the content of our society."

Said legendary ex-Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos of his debut solo album when it was released back in 2003. It was a pivotal moment in technological times and by extension cultural ones, the world of digital was no longer a on-the-horizon vision only brought to realisation by pioneers and visionaries – such as Bartos – but it was instead almost here, around the corner and facing everyone square in the face. Communication was an attempt to capture these changing, perhaps unknown, times and distil them through the voice of someone who most would feel comfortable being led into the future with.

Thirteen years down the line, Bartos is re-releasing the album complete with a pristine re-mastering. Due to record label frugality, and perhaps being somewhat overshadowed by the coincidental return of his ex-band and their Tour de France Soundtrack album at the same time, Communication was unable to take the momentum and energy of the material on the album and process it into a spirited public campaign, leaving it to often be referred to as Bartos’ ‘Lost Album’.

The re-release, which will be the first time the album is available digitally, also comes with the previously un-included track ‘Camera Obscura’, which sounds like it could have been a lost track from Kraftwerk’s Computer World era.

As you would expect from the man responsible for co-writing such Kraftwerk masterpieces and musical compositions - that have gone on to shape the current musical world as we know it. Communication contains plenty of melody-driven numbers that operate in a dual universe of pop and electronica.

A record that embodies change in both a personal and wider context - the lead single ‘Life’ perhaps being the most perfect representation of this: “finally, I have to get on with my life” he sings. Lyrically it speaks volumes but sonically it almost seems to pay a return thank you to New Order in its breezy, harmonious yet infectious structure. New Order being a group clearly in admiration of Bartos’ work in and out of Kraftwerk and also in which the pair (Bartos and Bernard Sumner) would work together under the guise of Electronic, along with Johnny Marr in 1996.

Having spent numerous decades as a truly inimitable cross-platform visionary, Bartos is also writing his autobiography, which will be published – and expected with some anticipation - later this year or early in 2017.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 19 January 2016 13:08 (four years ago) link


Allan Fraser & Daisy DeBolt met in the summer of 1969. They had both been working individually on the coffeehouse circuit in their native Canada; over the next five years, as the duo of Fraser & DeBolt, they created a sublime body of work that still sounds remarkably fresh decades later. They recorded two albums for Columbia which garnered rave reviews at the time, but saw little commercial success. Both have since become cult classics in psychedelic folk circles; the first, With Ian Guenther, being particularly beloved amongst a coterie of die-hard fans. Their combination of ragged-but-right salt & pepper harmonies, evocative lyrics, beautiful songs shot through with occasional dissonant grace notes, and careful arrangements that still managed to sound off-the-cuff made for some of the most beguiling music of the day. Now, Roaratorio is proud to present This Song Was Borne, a double LP collection of previously unreleased demos, studio outtakes, radio sessions, and live recordings from Fraser & DeBolt’s archives, spanning their entire career, in a deluxe tip-on gatefold jacket with detailed liner notes from Allan and Daisy. Download coupon included.

There's a couple songs from the album on Soundcloud .

Amira, Queen of Creativity (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 19 January 2016 18:27 (four years ago) link

New press release from Dais Records clarifies the reissue tie-in with the shows I already posted about:

On January 22, 2016, the entire catalog of Psychic TV/PTV3 will be available digitally through Dais Records. Many for the first time ever in digital format outside of the bands USB stick, a self released edition of 300 which came out last year.

To commemorate the release of this catalog, the band has put together an iTunes exclusive release entitled “Fishscales Falling: A Smorgasbord Ov Delights,” a compilation featuring live recordings, demos, outtakes and new material from 2003 to the present.

So what albums should I start with, other than the comp?

dow, Monday, 25 January 2016 19:31 (four years ago) link

If yr asking for general Psychic TV recommendations then Dreams Less Sweet is def the place to start, followed by Force The Hand of Chance and Allegory and Self. After that things went downhill v rapidly as GPO got interested in techno and acid house.

schlep and back trio (anagram), Monday, 25 January 2016 19:52 (four years ago) link

Thanks, will check those (although I don't nec. mind techno and acid house either)

dow, Monday, 25 January 2016 20:28 (four years ago) link


New Boxed Set The Elektra Years 1978-1987 Features Six Studio Albums With
New Digital Remastering Overseen By Ric Ocasek Available On March 11

New Single-Disc Hits Collection Moving In Stereo: The Best Of The Cars
Arrives On May 6
LOS ANGELES - In 1978, the Cars had a Top 40 hit with the band's very first single, "Just What I Needed." That streak continued over the next 10 years, as the band revisited the Top 40 a dozen more times with radio hits "Let's Go" and "Shake It Up" along with iconic videos like "Magic" and "You Might Think," which won MTV's first-ever "Video Of The Year" award in 1984.

The five original members - Ric Ocasek, the late Benjamin Orr, Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton and David Robinson - recorded six studio albums together - all of them with Elektra Records - and have sold more than 23 million albums in the U.S. alone.

Rhino will release two new collections in the spring to honor The Cars' vast musical legacy. The first is a boxed set featuring all six of the band's Elektra studio albums. The second is a single-disc, career-spanning collection curated by The Cars that combines the group's best songs along with a trio of rare and unreleased alternate versions.

THE ELEKTRA YEARS 1978-1987 includes six studio albums, each one presented in a replica sleeve with original artwork. Ric Ocasek oversaw digital remastering for the set, while drummer David Robinson - who helped create The Cars' iconic album covers through the years - served as art director. The six-disc collection will be available March 11 on CD ($39.98) and digitally. On Tuesday June 7, a limited edition vinyl version of the boxed set will be available with each 180-gram LP pressed on a different color vinyl.

The extensive set retraces the band's musical journey in the studio and includes: The Cars (1978), Candy-O (1979), Panorama (1980), Shake It Up (1981), Heartbeat City, (1984) and Door To Door (1987). Among the 60 tracks are the band's biggest hits - "My Best Friend's Girl," "Good Times Roll," "You Are The Girl," and "Drive."

MOVING IN STEREO: THE BEST OF THE CARS will be available on May 6 on CD ($18.98) and as a 2-LP set on 180-gram vinyl ($34.98). The collection is produced by the band, with all surviving members contributing to song selection. Ocasek also supervised digital remastering of all the audio with Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound.

The collection features the band's big hits along with a rare, single mix for "I'm Not The One," as well as a live version of "Everything You Say," and a new mix by producer Philippe Zdar of "Sad Song," a track from the band's last album, 2011's Move Like This.

Track Listing

1. "Just What I Needed"
2. "Since You're Gone"
3. "Let's Go"
4. "You Might Think"
5. "Shake It Up"
6. "Drive"
7. "Tonight She Comes"
8. "My Best Friend's Girl"
9. "Don't Tell Me No"

10. "You're All I've Got Tonight"
11. "I'm Not The One" - Single Mix
12. "Candy-O"
13. "Heartbeat City"
14. "Touch And Go"
15. "Moving In Stereo"
16. "Dangerous Type"
17. "Sad Song" - Zdar Mix*
18. "Everything You Say" - Live*
*Previously Unreleased


THE CARS (1978) SHAKE IT UP (1981)
1. "Good Times Roll"
2. "My Best Friend's Girl"
3. "Just What I Needed"
4. "I'm In Touch With Your World"
5. "Don't Cha Stop"
6. "You're All I've Got Tonight"
7. "Bye Bye Love"
8. "Moving In Stereo"
9. "All Mixed Up"

1. "Since You're Gone"
2. "Shake It Up"
3. "I'm Not The One"
4. "Victim Of Love"
5. "Cruiser"
6. "A Dream Away"
7. "This Could Be Love"
8. "Think It Over"
9. "Maybe Baby"
1. "Let's Go"
2. "Since I Held You"
3. "It's All I Can Do"
4. "Double Life"
5. "Shoo Be Doo"
6. "Candy-O"
7. "Night Spots"
8. "You Can't Hold On Too Long"
9. "Lust For Kicks"
10. "Got A Lot On My Head"
11. "Dangerous Type"

1. "Hello Again"
2. "Looking For Love"
3. "Magic"
4. "Drive"
5. "Stranger Eyes"
6. "You Might Think"
7. "It's Not The Night"
8. "Why Can't I Have You"
9. "I Refuse"
10. "Heartbeat City"
1. "Panorama"
2. "Touch And Go"
3. "Gimme Some Slack"
4. "Don't Tell Me No"
5. "Getting Through"
6. "Misfit Kid"
7. "Down Boys"
8. "You Wear Those Eyes"
9. "Running To You"
10. "Up And Down" 1. "Leave Or Stay"
2. "You Are The Girl"
3. "Double Trouble"
4. "Fine Line"
5. "Everything You Say"
6. "Ta Ta Wayo Wayo"
7. "Strap Me In"
8. "Coming Up You"
9. "Wound Up On You"
10. "Go Away"
11. "Door To Door"
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dow, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:27 (four years ago) link

They did an album in 2011? How was it?

dow, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:29 (four years ago) link

I have the cheapie box that has everything except Door to Door and I think I'm fine with that.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 16:48 (four years ago) link

Master of Reality Deluxe Edition, with a bonus disc of outtakes never before released in US: some alternate lyrics, instrumentation (piano and slide guitar, for inst). I am curious purple on black:

dow, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 17:47 (four years ago) link

dow, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 17:48 (four years ago) link

Träd, Gräs och Stenar
Djungelns Lag + Mors Mors + Kom Tillsammans
(Available as 6 LP Box Set, 3 CD set, Digital Album)
April 8, 2016
Anthology Recordings

Listen to "Rocktrall" HERE. (blocked in US so far, but several Trad, Gras psych-outs on youtube)

Behold: Träd, Gräs och Stenar, the supreme Swedish leaders of TRANSCENDENTAL PSYCHEDELIC ROCK MUSIC.

"One of the best heavy-psych-improv-folk-blues-rock bands ever. Toss the tired Krautrock and supposed buried treasures of 'acid folk' and catch the True Communal Wave!" -Stephen Malkmus

They were from Sweden, they were pioneers of DIY culture, they jammed with force and purpose for 40 minutes back when “legendary” SF groups or German kraut rock bands were still struggling to get out of the upper single digits with dignity; they traveled with organic food they grew themselves, and cooked for everyone they played to; they made their own instruments, amplifiers and PAs before there was such a thing as a PA; they released records themselves, y’know back when the Dead were still on a major label. Had this band been from the USA rather than some provincial northern European nation… never mind, it’s too depressing to finish this sentence.

There was the occasional complex ingredient like a (home-brewed, natch) tremolo or fuzz pedal, but the way this band worked was incredibly simple: they’d show up, set up on some floor, or field, start up the generators, instruments, then begin to collectively tune themselves into the sphere we now know as TRANSCENDENTAL PSYCHEDELIC ROCK MUSIC. After that first meditative or explosive - or both - lengthy jam, they’d again take off, starting from a cover of "Mighty Quinn" or perhaps "Last Time", or one of their own compositions, often influenced by ancient Swedish folk songs, and leave the melody behind after a few verses and travel to places ‘beyond time and place’. It was a little like Ornette Coleman’s or The Velvet Underground’s live formula: you know the beginning and the end, but what exists between those two points is what makes life worth living: the magical improvised unknown.

Luckily Anthology Recordings recently invaded the home of Jakob Sjöholm, the youngest member of the original band. Going through his attic, we unearthed hours upon hours of unreleased live recordings from the time, from which we’ve selected a trove of truly unreal jams. And this is the material you will find on the third 2xLP, Kom Tillsammans (Come Together), an artifact only available in the deluxe 6LP boxed set, which is also chock full of choice ephemera no one has ever seen before.

Djungelns Lag and Mors, Mors were re-issued on CD back in 2002, but they’ve been out of print for years, were never available digitally, nor reissued on vinyl. The band toured the US briefly in 2004 and 2005. These were spellbinding concerts featuring the same classic line-up from the recordings you’re about to devour: Bo Anders, Jakob, Thomas Mera Gartz, and Torbjörn Abelli. Sadly, Torbjörn and Thomas have since passed away, but the band is actually still active today. And while Bo Anders isn’t part of it anymore, the singular force that is Reine Fiske from DUNGEN, is now a member.

You need to listen to this un-dogmatic and timelessly organic music, and then you need to spread the gospel. This is music that already exists within you, based on simple human truths and chords, grounded in the principle that instinct will always triumph over virtuosity. It is truly free and open and joyous music, as humble as it is ferocious. Träd, Gräs och Stenar simply is The Answer.

Available in the following formats:
Box Set (3, 2xLP) — Träd, Gräs och Stenar
ARC011 (2xLP) — Djungelns Lag (*avail for individual pre-order 1/26 + included in box set)
ARC012 (2xLP) — Mors Mors (*avail for individual pre-order 1/26 + included in box set)
ARC013 (2xLP) — Kom Tillsammans (*only avail w/ box set)
CD Box Set (3xCD) — Träd, Gräs och Stenar
Digital Album — Träd, Gräs och Stenar

dow, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 18:04 (four years ago) link

So is Kom Tillsammans part of the CD box set? I assume since it's described as 3 CDs (for $20) it is, but the site is vague.

I wish someone would reissue their second album, Rock För Kropp Och Själ, on CD. I don't think it's ever been reissued at all. Maybe the tapes were lost?

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 26 January 2016 18:18 (four years ago) link

Will ask about Kom Tillsammans. Meanwhile, Numero's update on their multi-genre/made-up categories Project 12 reissue series: subscription-only, vinyl-only:
I posted initial news about some of those on RR 2015, but in the Wayfaring Strangers category, don't remember Tucker Zimmerman. David Bowie wrote about TZ here, commenting on fave obscuros from his record collection (tracks from each record are linked):

dow, Tuesday, 26 January 2016 23:51 (four years ago) link

And of course that Cars box misses all the B-Sides and all the 12-Inch mixes.

"Damn the Taquitos" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 January 2016 01:05 (four years ago) link

Too bad about the Cars box - if they weren't going to include b-sides, alt. mixes, etc., why even bother doing it? It's not like any of those albums are hard to find.

Display Namf oh shit, Wednesday, 27 January 2016 02:30 (four years ago) link

Only the first three have been remastered, and even then that was like 15 years ago...the latter LPs were done in the '80s.

"Damn the Taquitos" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 January 2016 04:40 (four years ago) link

...but still, all the missing extras would fit on one disc, tops. It's not that hard catalogue managers!

"Damn the Taquitos" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 January 2016 04:42 (four years ago) link


Throughout February (Jamaica's Reggae Month), Greensleeves will honor reggae icons Glen Brown, Augustus Pablo and Horace Andy by reissuing their key titles from the 1970s era. Each collection has been revamped with crisp remastered sound as well as deluxe package with extended liner notes. These reggae must-haves will be available on all formats - including vinyl, CD and digital platforms.

On Feb 12, Greensleeves will reissue three crucial LPs - Boat To Progress, Check The Winner & Dubble Attack - from the seminal Jamaican singer and producer Glen Brown. The titles were originally recorded for his record label Pantomime between 1970-74 and released on Greensleeves in 1989. A quarter of a century later, they will be available on all formats (digital, vinyl and CD) completely remastered with an extended 12-page booklet (including the original liner notes written by Harry Wise) and artwork by Tony McDermott. Each album showcases Brown's diverse range of talents during the prime of his career. Brown was known for his distinct voice, which can be heard on Boat To Progress, the 14-track set showcasing Brown as both a singer and producer plus a variety of all-star vocalists. On Check The Winner, his instrumental dub selection, fans can hear his superb roots reggae productions and sublime dub B-sides. He had an appreciation for jazz music, hence the use of expressive horn sections throughout his work. The "Rhythm Master" also had a knack for deejay music (as seen on Dubble Attack), nurturing some of the top artists who adapted this new "toasting" vocal style in the 1970s. Dubble Attack is the ultimate deejay collection of carefully-selected songs that were recorded at Pantomime and engineered by King Tubby.

On Feb 19, Greensleeves reissues Augustus Pablo’s classic album Original Rockers. Pablo is the master of melodica and one of the most revered talents in reggae music. Greensleeves originally released the LP in 1979 and hand picked Pablo's best self-productions from his early days between (1972-75) - mostly consisting of well-received instrumentals and versions of older hits from Studio One. Original Rockers boasts Pablo's haunting melodica and includes flashes of his dub inspiration on standouts like "Rocker's Dub" and "Tubby's "Dub Song." The album is recorded in the legendary studio of the great reggae producer King Tubby. Reggae all-stars like guitarist Earl Chinna Smith, bassists Robbie Shakespeare and Aston Barrett and select vocalists like Dillinger and Hugh Mundell all shine on this collection.

Greensleeves will reissue Horace Andy’s 1977 In The Light and its Prince Jammy dub companion on the Jamaican Rastafarian singer’s birthday (Feb. 19). Horace Andy's profile is already legendary in reggae circles (known for his early 70s hits with Coxsone Dodd, Bunny Lee and more) and has been internationally raised by his work with British trip-hop legends Massive Attack in the 90s until present day. The In The Light collection, which is rightly regarded as one of Andy's strongest testaments, includes newly commissioned sleeve notes by Noel Hawks and exclusive photos in the packaging. In 1977, Horace Andy moved to Hartford, Connecticut from Jamaica and recorded this legendary album for Everton Dasilva. The two forged a musical partnership, but it came to an erupt stop two years later when Dasilva was murdered in NYC. In 1995, the revered label Blood & Fire also reissued this classic.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 27 January 2016 14:08 (four years ago) link

Game Theory - Lolita Nation out next week, 2/5/2016. Not sure why they skipped Big Shot Chronicles.

The 1987 masterpiece—remastered and expanded!

When Game Theory emerged with their fourth full-length release in 1987, there was not only a new line-up of the band, but it took two LPs to capture all of the magic. Once again produced by Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Pavement, Let’s Active), Lolita Nation was the culmination of all that had come before, and pushed the boundaries farther than they had ever gone. Lolita Nation became their most critically acclaimed work—grabbing a Bay Area Music Award (BAMMY) nomination for Outstanding Independent Label Album in 1988. Revered for decades, and—sadly—out of print for many.

As Omnivore Recordings continues to reintroduce this seminal band to the masses, Lolita Nation now requires a second CD to collect alternate mixes, live recordings, and radio sessions. The original’s 27 tracks are joined by 21 bonus performances! In addition to the highly sought after 8 minute version of “Chardonnay” and alternate mixes of other album tracks, the bonus material features covers of David Bowie, The Modern Lovers, Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello, The Smiths, The Stooges, Joy Division, The Hollies, and Public Image Ltd. classics. Truly as eclectic and all-encompassing as Lolita Nation itself, and just as revolutionary.

Lolita Nation will be available on double CD, Digital and double LP (first pressing on translucent dark green vinyl, with black to follow). The LP contains a download card for the entire 48 track CD program. All formats feature new liner notes from Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, interviews with the band and original album contributors and previously unseen photos.

As the world reawakens to the incredible Game Theory, it is truly a new time and a new day. It’s time to return to Lolita Nation—if even for your first visit!

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:34 (four years ago) link

Looking forward to hearing that Miamis. I've had that exact version of Master Of Reality for years. I didn't even know it wasn't a US pressing, I didn't pay that much for it.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:55 (four years ago) link

Lolita Nation is one of my all time fave albums, so yay for this!

Was wondering why the GT reissue campaign had stalled, and yeah, skipping Big Shot Chronicles is odd...

pitchforkian at best (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 27 January 2016 18:01 (four years ago) link


Barnaby, Hardly, Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:42 (four years ago) link

The Game Theory reissues are trucking along. Real Nighttime was just last year.

Also picked up this for Kindle:
Don't All Thank Me At Once: The Lost Pop Genius of Scott Miller by Brett Milano (released Oct 30, 2015)

and this:

Music: What Happened? by Scott Miller (2010)

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 30 January 2016 00:02 (four years ago) link

Local H Celebrating 20 Year Anniversary of 'As Good As Dead' LP with Vinyl Reissue, Out April 15; Pre-Orders Now Available

local h as good as dead
Local H will dig into their back catalog and release their breakthrough album 'As Good As Dead' on 180 gram vinyl on April 15th via srcvinyl, just in time for the album's 20 year anniversary. This re-issue marks the first time that the album will ever be available in this format. The high-quality, double LP will have a premium gatefold jacket and insert.

Limited edition 20th Anniversary vinyl reissue

Mastered for vinyl and lacquers created by Kevin Gray (Cohearent Audio)

Digital download featuring Demos and B-Sides

Full Color gatefold jacket with 11 x 22 Insert

Vinyl Color:

180 Gram Opaque Yellow (Limited to 500 Copies)

180 Gram Opaque Red/ White Swirly Haze (Limited to 500 Copies)

Local H will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album by playing 'As Good As Dead' in its entirety during a weekend of hometown shows at Metro in Chicago on Friday, April 15th (18+ show) and Saturday, April 16th (all ages).

The two-man band will first play a short set of songs culled from last year’s widely praised album, 'Hey, Killer', along with music from their other six studio albums and EPs. After a brief intermission, they will return to the stage and play 'As Good As Dead' from start to finish. There will be no opening act. Individual show tickets and weekend packages, including entry to an intimate, acoustic set on Saturday afternoon, will be available.

'As Good As Dead', Local H’s second full-length album, was produced by Steven Haigler (Quicksand, Pixies) and was originally released on April, 16, 1996 on Island Records on CD and cassette. The record was the band’s first foray into making a concept album and is centered around life in a dead-end, small town. Venerable rock critic Robert Christgau gave the album a stellar A- review in the Village Voice, writing, at the time, “...I wish Pearl Jam, whose leader stars in the title song, packed such isometric power -- that sense of tremendous force bravely exerted against implacable reality -- and I say the exercise makes all of us stronger.”

“The question I get asked the absolute most is when are we gonna put the older records out on vinyl?” says Local H frontman, Scott Lucas. “Here's the answer -- in the best possible way. The package is looking pretty good and I'm ALMOST as excited as anybody to finally drop the needle on this album -- on double vinyl, at last.”

'As Good As Dead' spawned four modern rock radio hits including the above-referenced “Eddie Vedder,” “Fritz’s Corner,” “High-Fivin’ MF” and “that copacetic song” -- “Bound for the Floor,” a track that remains a staple on alternative radio station playlists around the the country two decades later. The band made videos for each of the singles.

Local H, whose members during this time period were Lucas and original drummer Joe Daniels, toured the U.S. non-stop for two years after As Good As Dead was released, headlining their own small and large club shows; opening for Silverchair in bigger venues and Stone Temple Pilots in even bigger arenas (including Madison Square Garden in New York and Rosemont Horizon in Chicago); and performing to audiences of thousands at radio station festivals across the the country, including 1997‘s HFStival at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. They toured Australia and played some played some European shows on this album, as well.

Track Listing:

Side A

Manifest Density Pt. 1

High-Fiving MF

Bound For The Floor

Lovey Dovey

Side B

I Saw What You Did And I Know Who You Are

No Problem

Nothing Special

Side C

Eddie Vedder

Back In The Day

Freeze-Dried (F)lies

Fritz's Corner

Side D


Manifest Density Pt. 2

Demo's (Digital Download Only)

1. High Fiving Mother Fucker (Million Yen demo)

2. Bound For The Floor (Million Yen Demo)

3. Lovey Dovey (Million Yen Demo)

4. Freeze Dried (F)lies (Million Yen Demo)

5. Nothing Special (Million Yen Demo)

6. No Problem (Million Yen Demo)

7. Eddie Vedder (Karaoke Demo)

8. I Saw What You Did And I Know Who You Are (Karaoke Demo)

9. Back In The Day (Karaoke Demo)

10. Fritz’s Corner (Karaoke Demo)

dow, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 23:53 (four years ago) link

“The question I get asked the absolute most is when are we gonna put the older records out on vinyl?” says Local H frontman, Scott Lucas.

A question asked by Gen Xers with more money than brains.

"Damn the Taquitos" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 23:59 (four years ago) link

local H ... i don't remember what they sound like, but i could do without ever seeing that lol 90s album artwork ever again.

tylerw, Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:01 (four years ago) link

Local H had a terrific late 90s single called "All the Kids Are Right," but that's the last time I ever paid attention to them.

pitchforkian at best (cryptosicko), Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:03 (four years ago) link

(though if they lost my attention, it wasn't for lack of trying--I see on Wiki that they had a 2004 album called Whatever Happened to P.J. Soles?)

pitchforkian at best (cryptosicko), Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:05 (four years ago) link


LISTEN: "It's Highlife Time" on SoundCloud


Fela Ransome Kuti is best known as the revolutionary pioneer of Afrobeat music. Born in 1938, Kuti spent his life as a trailblazer creating incendiary music and furthering radical politics. At the beginning of his musical career in the early '60s, Kuti formed his first band, Koola Lobitos. Koola Lobitos were the first expression of Kuti's incredible talent, the start of his musical evolution that led to the Afrobeat movement. As such, Knitting Factory Records is reissuing Highlife-Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963-1969), a collection of recordings that provide unique insight into the beginnings of Kuti's craft. This three-disc set lays bare Kuti's genius experimentation, honing his instincts while trying out new styles and combinations.

The musical style called Highlife first started in Ghana in the early part of the 20th century and spread throughout West Africa over several decades. Highlife melds elements of traditional African music and Jazz into an upbeat, danceable genre. One could understand Kuti's attraction to the mix of Jazz structures, syncopated guitar lines and off-beat drums.

Kuti's Koola Lobitos became a popular dance band in his native Lagos, Nigeria, recording many singles for local labels, Parlophone, Phillips and an album for EMI. The tracks on these recordings evolve from Highlife to soul to hints of what would become Afrobeat. The listener is able to witness the startling evolution of a man intent on finding his own voice and style. The collection encompasses three discs with Disc One focusing on singles, Disc Two on the album recorded for EMI and Disc Three on live and other recordings.

The liner notes, written by Michael E. Veal, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Yale University, point out: "The release of this collection of Fela Ransome-Kuti's pre-Afrobeat music is a major event for fans of both Fela's music and African popular music in general. Many of these recordings...were thought to be lost forever and certainly, were unknown to all but the most fervent Fela enthusiasts. Even these enthusiasts had to endure low fidelity tapes that had been copied over innumerable generations, from original recordings that were not themselves of the highest quality. What little has been known of Fela's highlife period has been largely due to the efforts of Mr. Benson Idonije, Fela's early manager and long-time proponent of his highlife music. With the recordings' sound quality now much improved, this comprehensive collection gives an overview into a period when one of Africa's finest musicians was attempting to find a style of his own. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated record collectors who assembled this compilation, a crucial and fascinating chapter of Fela's career is finally available to African music enthusiasts around the world."

Knitting Factory Records will release the three-disc set on April 8, 2016.

1. Bonfo
2. Fere
3. Onifere No. 2
4. Oyejo
5. Oloruka
6. Awo
7. Great Kids
8. Amaechi's Blues
9. Yese
10. Egbin
11. Orise
12. Eke
13. V.C. 7
14. I Know Your Feeling

1. Signature Tune
2. It's Highlife Time
3. Lagos Baby
4. Omuti
5. Ololufe
6. Araba's Delight
7. Wa Dele
8. Lai Se
9. Mi O Mo
10. Obinrin Le
11. Omo Ejo

1. Everyday I Got My Blues (Live)
2. Moti Gbrokan (Live)
3. Waka Waka (Live)
4. Ako (Live)
5. Ororuka (Live)
6. Lai Se (Live)
7. Onidodo
8. Ajo
10. Abiara
11. Se E Tun De
12. Waka Waka
13. My Baby Don Love Me
14. Home Cooking

dow, Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:07 (four years ago) link

Local H had a terrific late 90s single called "All the Kids Are Right," but that's the last time I ANYONE ever paid attention to them.

I do like how they point out their ubiquity at radio station concerts...seems like they were a perennial undercard at Buzzfests of yore.

"Damn the Taquitos" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:09 (four years ago) link

BTW that Miamis collection is garbage. There's a reason why some bands were "lost." All the positive quotes from more famous CBGBs luminaries is clearly a case of you had to be there...on drugs. Many, many drugs. In retrospect, it's remarkable that more of those CBGBs bands were not just as terrible.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:20 (four years ago) link

Still haven't listened to the Miamis, still hoping they won't be a waste. The Ork box (on Spotify) is much better that I suspected.

Dust On The Nettles: A Journey Through The British Underground Folk Scene 1967-72 has all the usual suspects, but also a number of performers and/or songs I hadn't heard of, on three discs. Podcast in here too:

dow, Saturday, 6 February 2016 00:42 (four years ago) link

Collection of Larry Levan mixes & edits, 2-CDs, out next month. He should write a book---immersed in Nicky Siano's The Gallery, early-mid '70s, later levitated Paradise Garage, etc. etc.:

dow, Saturday, 6 February 2016 16:07 (four years ago) link

A few of the many just announced on, check there for more info and sometimes audio.
Second Time Round
JANUS reissue LP
Includes the killer funk track "Fug"!

Don Cherry
Eternal Rhythm (1969)
Deep forward thinking proto-world/ambient fusions from Don Cherry made in Europe in 1969 for MPS. Lovely gatefold sleeve exact replica new vinyl issue bomb! (Sonny Sharrock shows up on there, briefly I think)

Dollar Brand
Black Lightning (1976)

Joe Bataan

Classic, essential latin funk album from salsa superstar Joe Bataan - one of the most prominent of the new wave of young 1960s artists to mix latin and soul and RnB sounds together!

This early 1970s album is his masterpiece and exemplifies all that was great about the funky fusion albums of that era!

Features the essential party-starting dancefloor tracks Latin Strut and Aftershower Funk!

dow, Saturday, 1 October 2016 20:55 (three years ago) link cont.

Muddy Waters
Electric Mud (1968)
Heavy psychedelic funk rock. One of the finest albums recorded on Cadet - Marshall Chess's off-shoot label for Chess Records. Featuring the crack Chicago in-house group; Phil Upchurch, Maurice Jennings, Charles Stepney on organ, Louis Satterfield (later of Earth, Wind and Fire) and Pete Cosey (who went on to work with Miles Davis). Also produced and arranged by the mighty Charles Stepney. Includes "I Just Want To Make Love To You". Essential

Marlena Shaw
The Spice Of Life (1969)
All-time seminal album from Marlena Shaw recorded for Chess in 1969, arranged and produced by the great Charles Stepney and Richard Evans, featuring the 100% essential tunes 'Woman of The Ghetto', 'California Soul' and much more.

Johnny Hammond
Gambler's Life (1974)

Larry Mizell production on the CTI off-shoot Salvation Records

dow, Saturday, 1 October 2016 21:05 (three years ago) link

even more from soundsoftheuniverse enewsletter:

Lee Dorsey
Yes We Can (1970)

Oh man - one of the funkiest New Orleans sets ever from Lee Dorsey 1970 with on-fire tough, tough tunes throughout from The Meters who supply the backing.

Nina Simone
Jazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club (1958)

Nina SImone's debut. This recording session happened in New York City,1957;Nina was 24 at this time;her trio is made of herself,singing and playing great piano,Jimmy Bond on bass and Albert "Tootie" Heath, brother of Percy and Jimmy Heath, on drums.

Weldon Irvine
Spirit Man (1975)

Seminal deep fusion jazz from Weldon Irvine. Featuring killer dancefloor tracks such as 'Jungle Juice" and 'We Getting Down'.

Esther Phillips
From A Whisper To A Scream (1971)

This is a killer funky soul fusion album on Kudu featuring Phillips' great version of the Gil Scott-Heron classic "Home Is Where The Hatred Is". Line-up includes Airto, Pretty Purdie, Pee Wee Ellis, Hank Crawford and more.

dow, Saturday, 1 October 2016 21:16 (three years ago) link

a few more from (Soul Jazz Records associates) enewsletter:

Mulatu Astatke
Mulatu Of Ethiopia

This is perhaps the best album from cult Ethiopian deep jazz hero Mulatu Astake

This highly sought-after rarity is probably the best African deep jazz record there is - imagine a 1970s indy label deep jazz release but recorded in Africa on a label run by the national airline!

Yusef Lateef
Eastern Sounds (1961)

Mulatu Astatke And His Ethiopian Quintet
Afro-Latin Soul

from 1966...Beautiful vibes, piano, and drumming from Malutu with stirring haunting melodies.

dow, Saturday, 1 October 2016 21:28 (three years ago) link

Islands Announce Return to the Sea 10th Anniversary Reissue
LA & NYC Return to the Sea Anniversary Shows Announced
On Tour this fall with Steady Holiday & Alex Cameron
Two New Albums Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea? Out Now

"Former Unicorns Nick Diamonds and J'aime Tambeur return with a gorgeous collection of pop songs" - Pitchfork, BNM
“A new, stranger, better band rises from the ashes of The Unicorns” - A.V. Club
“Carries on the freewheeling spirit and sound of the Unicorns as well as that of the Elephant 6 bands of the late '90s” - All Music, 9.0

Stream: "Swans (Life After Death)" remastered at

or here:

“Who knew how warm the islands would be...” Ten years on, Islands is celebrating the release of their seminal debut album Return to the Sea with a classy anniversary reissue due on November 11. Islands has also announced NYC and LA shows where the album will be played in full, featuring a string section and special guests from the album's heyday. Tickets for the NYC and Los Angeles shows are on sale this Friday. Return to the Sea, which is available to pre-order now at BandCamp, has been given a light but firm remaster on all formats; pressed to 2x 180 gram vinyl at 45rpm, it has never sounded better. The artwork has received a tasteful touch-up, with gatefold, printed inner sleeves, archival photos never before released, and an in-depth essay about the album’s creation by Mr. Diamonds himself. The following excerpts are the first and last paragraphs from that essay:

“On December 31st, 2004, I flew down to Los Angeles from Campbell River, B.C. I was at a puzzling intersection: A few days earlier, my band, the Unicorns, had finally combusted onstage in Houston, Texas. I'd just turned twenty-three. I had thrown all of my possessions on the sidewalk a year prior and now had nowhere to live. I was adrift. My friend Adam Gollner convinced me to come down to LA, where he was writing and researching his first book. The idea was to clear my head and get some sun for two weeks. It ended up raining torrentially every day. After the rain cleared, I invited my former bandmate Jamie Thompson to join me. We spent the next three months in LA plotting our next move, knowing we wanted to continue playing music together after the dissolution of the Unicorns....

...For years, I maintained a distance to this record, and considered overhauling it entirely. After Jamie and I had assembled the band to perform the songs live in the fall of 2005, I wanted to re-record everything with them. When the 10th anniversary of the record’s release started rolling around in the spring of 2016, I strongly considered doing a reimagined remix, losing excess instrumentation and caking my vocals in a more professional gloss. For ages I bristled at the record’s flaws; my squeaky, earnest vocals, drums and guitars that sounded meek when I wanted them to sound heavy, precious lyrics, naive melodies. No, this record isn’t anywhere near perfect, and nor should anything earthly be. I’ve only started to realize that this record’s imperfections are exactly what cradles its meaning and curiosities, its heart and spirit. Here it is again. Back in my arms or under my wings, the waves licking our ankles, ready to head back out again. Don’t forget to lift the locked groove.”

After releasing not one but TWO albums on the same day earlier this year, Islands are hitting the road for their second major tour of 2016. The upcoming tour will include shows in stops in Austin, New Orleans, Atlanta, Nashville, Denver and more. The tour will be supported by Alex Cameron and Steady Holiday and the full routing can be found below.

Taste, Islands’ sixth record, is a muscular, crystalline affair, with the majority of the music electronic, buoyed by drum machines, programming and arpeggiated vintage synths. The songs still flirt with Islands’ bread and butter; evergreens such as ennui, remorse, and a general disenchantment with the modern world hover over the tracks, with lines like “we got so thrown, we felt lost at home” and “steal a little moment, lose it like you own it”, to hammer home the point. The songs cut a wide swath, however, and also go in directions that Islands has never tackled, including police brutality and white male privilege (!).

Should I Remain Here At Sea? (a semi-reference to Tarkovsky’s "Solaris") Islands’ seventh album is, in many ways, a spiritual sequel to the debut album, 2006’s Return to the Sea; a natural, raw record, stripped down to it’s essentials, performed live off the floor. Reflecting on the decade that has elapsed, SIRHAS kicks off with a darkly funny tartness, tackling religion, race, addiction, and murderous fantasies, but by midpoint, the songs give way to a resigned and doleful melancholia, tackling heartache, numb disillusionment and emotional disorientation through the guise of stupid parrots, the Internet, sea turtles and perhaps the loneliest maritimer to ever sail the seas. It was recorded as spontaneously as could be, with some of the songs captured live in one take, vocals and all.

Islands Tour Dates

10.11 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
10.13 Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
10.14 Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder *
10.15 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall *
10.16 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues - The Parish *
10.17 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder *
10.19 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West %
10.20 Nashville, TN @ The High Watt %
10.21 Knoxville, TN @ The Concourse %
10.22 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery %
10.23 Wilmington, DE @ Arden Gild Hall %
10.25 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe %
10.26 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop %
10.27 Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi %
10.28 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room %
10.29 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater %
10.31 Salt Lake City @ Urban Lounge %
12.02 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery # (tickets)
12.10 New York, NY @ Webster Hall # (tickets)

* with Alex Cameron
% with Steady Holiday
# Return to the Sea 10th Anniversary Show

dow, Wednesday, 5 October 2016 18:56 (three years ago) link

“For Adult Listeners Only”
Love Is A Drag, The 1962 LP of Love Songs By Men, For Men, to be Reissued
on Gold Vinyl for Record Store Day November 25th

The once shocking LP that bore no vocalist’s name for over 50 years reveals its secrets in the 2016 Modern Harmonic reissue. A Big Band singer, a Hollywood photographer, and an LGBT music and history archivist are at the heart of the story behind Love Is A Drag, the 1962 LP of love songs by men, for men, which remained a mystery for over fifty years.

It starts with JD Doyle, a historian and archivist of LGBT music and history that came upon the record, which resonated with him almost immediately. The songs took classic standards like “The Man I Love” and “Mad About That Boy,” songs that were intended to be from a woman to a man, and changed it from a man to a man. Doyle had the record in his collection for decades and would play the songs on his radio show, Queer Music Heritage.

The album fascinated Doyle, and he knew these songs were truly before their time. It was because of this, he couldn’t help but be mystified as to why there was not an artist or producer named on the album. A single line of subtext wrote, “For Adult Listeners Only, Sultry Stylings by a Most Unusual Vocalist.”
Most likely, the record would have remained a mystery, until Murray Garrett reached out to Doyle ready to come forward with the truth about the album.

Garrett was a Hollywood photographer through the late 1940s to the 1970s, and photographed stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. Through his photography career, he created a partnership with Gene Howard, a Big Band singer, and the two together worked closely with Jack Ames, the founder of Edison International Records.

When Ames asked Garrett and Howard if they had any ideas for a record that Edison International Records could release, Garrett remembered a performance he saw once in Greenwich Village of a man singing love songs addressed to another man in a serious way. That night was unforgettable as the performers of the day were extremely campy and dramatic.

Despite being straight and married to a woman, Howard agreed to sing on the record with a host of Los Angeles session musicians, and Ames released the record under a “fake” label called Lace Records to avoid Edison International being pigeonholed as a gay record label. The record sold well in Hollywood, and Frank Sinatra, Liberace, and Bob Hope were among some of its biggest advocates.

Now, with the mystery solved, and the masters purchased by Sundazed, Love is a Drag will be reissued by Modern Harmonic, available on gold vinyl, as well as a CD format, with original liner notes, and new notes from JD Doyle just in time for Record Store Day, November 26th.

dow, Wednesday, 5 October 2016 21:58 (three years ago) link

God Save Sex Pistols (Deluxe Edition)
Johan Kugelberg
w/ Jon Savage &
Glenn Terry
October 21, 2016 Anthology Editions

An enhanced edition of the original Rizzoli publication, God Save Sex Pistols offers an unseen visual history of the incendiary punk band. Published to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the band’s formation, Johan Kugelberg, noted writer Jon Savage, and premiere Sex Pistols archivist Glenn Terry draw on an unprecedented wealth of material to produce the most comprehensive visual history of the band ever produced. From McLaren’s handwritten letters to never-before-seen photographs of the band, Jamie Reid’s iconic album artwork, and a range of ephemera from concert tickets to fanzines, this book is a definitive celebration of a group that helped define a movement.
Limited run of 2000.

Deluxe Edition Includes:

Hardcover Book (First Edition)
Bondage inspired, 5mm “rubber” slipcase designed by Zevs
Newsprint companion book with rare press clippings
Screen on the Green silkscreened event poster print

An additional ultra deluxe edition of 500 includes silkscreens by designers Jamie Reid and Zevs, 4 new silkscreen prints, clamshell case, tote bag and features a custom safety pin display stand.

About The Editors:

Johan Kugelberg is an editor, curator, and the author of numerous publications, including The Velvet Underground: A New York Art and Punk: An Aesthetic. Jon Savage is the author of England’s Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock and Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture. Glenn Terry is the proprietor of Vicious Sloth Collectables in Melbourne, Australia, and considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sex Pistols history.

images of and from book here

dow, Thursday, 6 October 2016 22:06 (three years ago) link

Light In The Attic ‏@lightintheattic 4h4 hours ago
Proud to announce #LeeHazlewood's Cowboy In Sweden! Deluxe edition on "Swedish Blue" vinyl w/DVD & poster!

Available: November 25th, 2016

Lee Hazlewood spent a good part of the late 1960s traveling the globe, cutting records and inking business deals. A string of hits with Nancy Sinatra enabled Lee to build a mini media empire Lee Hazlewood Industries and afforded him nearly unlimited resources…for a time. By the end of the decade LHI Records had burned piles of cash, gone through a half dozen distributors and failed to achieve the kind of chart success “Boots" had promised.

Fortunately for Lee there was a land where he was still on the top of the charts, a place where women flowed like Brannvin…Sweden was calling.

While on an LHI promotional tour in Stockholm, Lee crossed paths with Swedish director Torbjörn Axelman. “I met Lee through my script girl, in Stockholm in 1969,” remembers Axelman. "We noticed we had very many similarities, interests, and the same backgrounds. It led to many productions during our 38 years of close partnership and friendship.” The partnership showed Lee the way forward and allowed him an easy exit strategy from the LHI house of cards that was crumbling in Los Angeles.

Light In The Attic Records is proud to continue its Lee Hazlewood Archival Series with this expanded reissue of Cowboy in Sweden. Released as the last LHI LP, Cowboy in Sweden was a soundtrack to the 1970 cult classic film of the same name starring Lee Hazlewood. The film was a surreal psychedelic account of Lee’s journey to his new homeland, while the soundtrack was a perfect compilation of Hazlewood’s strongest songs recorded over a prolific globe trotting three year period. The production scope of the album was the most ambitious of his career, recorded in Paris, London, Los Angeles and Stockholm with a slew of talented session musicians, producers and arrangers.

Cowboy in Sweden is quite possibly the purest distillation of the Hazlewood sound; lush melancholy country pop with a pinch of humor (“Pray Them Bars Away”), a dash of bummer (“Cold Hard Times”), some beautiful ladies to sing with (“Leather & Lace” & “Hey Cowboy”) and even a couple anti-war protest songs to be topical (”No Train to Stockholm” & “For A Day Like Today”). The David “Bitter Sweet Symphony” Whitaker arranged orchestral pop of “What’s More I Don’t Need Her” and the stone cold Hazlewood classic “The Night Before” cement the album as Lee’s peak on LHI Records and ironically the label’s swan song.

Release Notes
Remastered from pristine original LHI master tapes
Includes previously unheard versions of “Pray Them Bars Away” & “Easy & Me"
Liner notes by Hunter Lea including interviews with Torbjörn Axelman, Suzi Jane Hokom, Nina Lizell, Don Randi, Hal Blaine and Shel Talmy
Rare film production photos from the Torbjörn Axelman archive
LP housed in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton tip-on jacket

Deluxe Edition includes exclusive:
27” x 40” folded film poster by Jay Shaw (Mondo/Death Waltz)
DVD of restored Cowboy In Sweden film
“Swedish Blue” color vinyl

5 LP Bundle includes BLACK VINYL copies of:
Trouble Is A Lonesome Town (LITA 096), The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood (LITA 131), Hazelwoodism (LITA 132), Something Special (LITA 133), and Cowboy In Sweden (LITA 153)

more info, audio here:

dow, Friday, 7 October 2016 00:14 (three years ago) link

Oh yeah, and the DVD of the movie Cowboy In Sweden is also in Deluxe Edition of There's A Dream I've Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-1971, with many other fab artistes flashin' down thee Sunset Strip and into commercial Death Valley, for most part (LHI was great at finding, signing, recording, not so good on follow-through):

dow, Friday, 7 October 2016 00:25 (three years ago) link

The Microcosm: Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986

Light In The Attic
LITA 143

Available: November 25th, 2016

The follow up to Light In The Attic’s game-changing I Am The Center box set is finally here. The Microcosm: Visionary Music Of Continental Europe, 1970-1986 is the first major overview of key works from cosmically-taped in artists needing little introduction — Vangelis, Ash Ra Tempel, and Popol Vuh — and unknown masterpieces by criminally overlooked heroes like Bernard Xolotl, Robert Julian Horky and Enno Velthuys.

Whereas I Am The Center called for a reconsideration of an entire maligned genre, The Microcosm requests nothing more than an open mind to consider this ambient, new age, neuzeit, prog, krautrock, cosmic, holistic stuff, whatever one calls it — as a pulsating movement unto itself, a mirror refracting the American new age scene in unexpected, electrifying ways, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt the universality of the timeless quest to express “the Ineffable” through music.

Drawing from major label budgets and homemade cassette distributed circumstances alike, The Microcosm demonstrates a depth of peace profound to behold, and clearly expands the boundaries. Lovingly conceived and lavishly presented by producer Douglas Mcgowan (Yoga Records) and liner notes contributor Jason Patrick Woodbury (Pitchfork, Aquarium Drunkard), The Microcosm features stunning cover paintings by Étienne Trouvelot, and labels by Finnish savant Aleksanda Ionowa.

Release Notes
In depth liner notes by Douglas Mcgowan and Jason Patrick Woodbury
Extraordinary cover art by astronomer / entomologist Étienne Trouvelot
Remastered audio, including a previously unreleased track and several others previously cassette only
3xLP with deluxe Stoughton “tip-on” jackets and slipcase
PRE-ORDER EDITION: “Introspective Indigo” color wax limited to 500 copies. Limit two per customer.

6xLP bundle includes:
I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990 (LITA 107) 3xLP in black vinyl and The Microcosm: Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986 (LITA 143) 3xLP in “Introspective Indigo” vinyl

more info, audio:

dow, Friday, 7 October 2016 00:47 (three years ago) link

This was orig. released under his full name, James Luther Dickinson

Jim Dickinson
Dixie Fried

Future Days Recordings
FDR 623

“People like Stan Phillips thought I was scary, that I was over the top – but I could play rock’n’roll.” -Jim Dickinson

The late Jim Dickinson is one of the most eclectic personages rock n’roll has ever thrown up: a musical maverick. From Sun Records and Ardent Studios in the 1960s, to sessions with the Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder and Bob Dylan, significant productions of Big Star and the Replacements, and the twisted roots rock of his own Mud Boy & The Neutrons, the man was never, ever predictable.

A solo album had not been at the forefront of Jim Dickinson’s mind then, but once the idea was put in place by Jerry Wexler at Atlantic, he reacted conceptually, and with gusto. Dickinson always shot from the hip. He could be coarse on a rocker like “Wine,” or dignified and joyous when celebrating “The Strength of Love.” Inebriated laments like "Wild Bill Jones” contrast sharply with the carny talk of “O How She Dances,” and a shifting, indignant anti-war recitation entitled “John Brown.”

As a music maker who could relate equally to both the intellectual and the visceral aspects of popular culture, anything Dickinson lent his hand to was at least interesting and frequently rewarding. Such is the case with Dixie Fried, his solo debut from 1972. Unsuccessful upon release, the record now is now a cult item that, for many, mirrors the deliciously unexpected twists and turns of Dickinson’s subsequent career.

Release Notes
Limited to 1000 copies
Remastered from the original tapes
Features seven unreleased tracks
Liner notes by Alec Palao, plus excerpts from unpublished memoirs
Rare ephemera from Dickinson archives
Expanded 2xLP housed in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton “tip-on” jacket

more info, audio:

dow, Friday, 7 October 2016 00:55 (three years ago) link

Another xpost Tim Buckley set:

Tim Buckley
Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions

Future Days Recordings
FDR 631

In 1967, the face of rock was changing. In that year alone there were debut albums from The Velvet Underground, The Doors, and Pink Floyd, to name a few. The Beatles had combined orchestration with their music—the result was Sgt. Peppers in June, the same month that Tim Buckley recorded Goodbye & Hello.

Buckley was no longer just another singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar; he was drenched in acid-folk tinges of harpsichord and harmonium. Lyricist Larry Beckett embellished Tim’s songs with introspective lyrics at times, worldly views at others. It was the first major triumph for Tim as an album artist, partially because there were a remarkable amount of pre-production demos that led to it.

Available here for the first time are these newly discovered master tapes, recorded by Goodbye & Hello’s producer Jerry Yester, along with an ultra-rare acetate, found to be in co-songwriter (and best friend) Beckett’s possession.

Of the 13 previously unreleased solo acoustic songs contained here, six of them did eventually appear with more expansive instrumentation on Goodbye & Hello (along with another four not included here). However, the crown jewel of this package is seven never-before-heard compositions. These will be new to even the most devoted Buckley fan. Arguably, two of them crept out decades after Tim’s death (albeit, much different recordings than what you have here) but with little fanfare.

So much has been written about Tim Buckley but so little of it by people who actually knew him. This booklet, however, includes a detailed interview with both Larry Beckett and Jerry Yester, providing real insight on how these recordings came to be and attempting to uncover the man behind all the myths, the real Tim Buckley.

Several rarities releases in the 1980s and ‘90s shed light on his talent, especially the live recordings, but all of the studio material has generally been alternative versions of songs that fans already knew—until now. This is the first-ever posthumous release that reveals a wealth of previously unreleased and unheard tracks from Tim at the peak of his career. In short, you need this!

Release Notes
13 previously unissued solo acoustic demos
Remastered from the original analog tapes and acetate
Book includes in-depth interview with Buckley’s lyricist Larry Beckett

more info, audio:

dow, Friday, 7 October 2016 01:06 (three years ago) link

Listening to Mortal Micronotz reissues on kmuw's "Strange Currencies" now, reminds me I forgot to mention them sorry:

dow, Friday, 7 October 2016 01:11 (three years ago) link


Waxwork Records is thrilled to announce the double LP soundtrack release of SALEM’S LOT. Directed by TOBE HOOPER (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist) and adapted from the novel by STEPHEN KING, SALEM’S LOT originally aired as a two-part miniseries on CBS in 1979. Since then, the film has reached cult classic status and is regarded as one of the greatest vampire films ever made thanks to it’s creepy atmosphere, gripping story-line, and chilling climax.

Waxwork Records presents, for the first time ever on vinyl, the complete, re-mastered score of SALEM’S LOT. Featuring all 84 musical cues from the film, this two record set clocks in at over one hour of atmospheric, old-fashioned horror film music. Composed and conducted HARRY SUKMAN, the classic score to SALEM’S LOT was his final work before his death in 1984.

Waxwork has commissioned art from FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (Afterlife with Archie, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics) for the entire LP package.

SALEM’S LOT is available as two variants:

2 x LP 180 Gram Blue Moonlight Vinyl
Complete and Re-Mastered 84 Cue Soundtrack
Heavyweight Old-Style Tip On Gatefold Jacket
Art by Francesco Francavilla

2 x LP 180 Gram Vampire Blue, Black Cloak, & Yellow Swirl Vinyl
Complete and Re-Mastered 84 Cue Soundtrack
Heavyweight Old-Style Tip On Gatefold Jacket
Art by Francesco Francavilla

Waxwork Records is also proud to announce the debut vinyl soundtrack release of 1967’s MAD MONSTER PARTY. Featuring film-movie stars Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller, the Rankin / Bass stop-motion animated musical horror-comedy has become a holiday cult-classic.

The classic 1967 film centers around Baron Boris Von Frankenstein (Boris Karloff) and a group of ghastly monsters including Frankenstein’s Monster, Count Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy, The Hunchback, The Invisible Man, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and more. The energetic soundtrack features horror-centric, yet whimsical instrumental tracks with a selection of performer credited lyrical compositions such as Never Was A Love Like Mine (Gale Garnett) and The Mummy (Little Tibia And The Fibias).

Believed to never receive an actual official physical release, the soundtrack to Mad Monster Party has been mastered for vinyl from the original source material and given the deluxe treatment from Waxwork Records. Features include heavyweight colored vinyl, old style tip-on gatefold jackets, printed inserts, all new artwork by illustrator Rich Kelly, and an essay on Mad Monster Party from Finders Keepers Records founder, Andy Votel.

Waxwork Records is honored to officially debut the classic soundtrack, in its entirety, to the beloved cult-classic film, MAD MONSTER PARTY. The deluxe LP package is perfect listening for the Halloween season.

Release details include two variants:

Count Dracula (Heavyweight Black and Green Swirl Colored Vinyl)
Deluxe Packaging
Old Style Tip-On Gatefold Jacket
All New Artwork by Rich Kelly
Printed Insert
Mad Monster Party Essay by Andy Votel of Finders Keepers Records

The Hunchback (Heavyweight Pink and Yellow Swirl Colored Vinyl)
Deluxe Packaging
Old Style Tip-On Gatefold Jacket
All New Artwork by Rich Kelly
Printed Insert
Mad Monster Party Essay by Andy Votel of Finders Keepers Records

more info & scary cover etc art here:

dow, Saturday, 8 October 2016 00:01 (three years ago) link

OUT TODAY! BETTY HARRIS - The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul
On Soul Jazz Records

Betty Harris’ The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul features all of her classic deep soul, sister funk and northern soul songs recorded in New Orleans in the 1960s - all written, produced and arranged by the legendary Allen Toussaint, and featuring the cream of New Orleans musicians and the incredible Meters.

All of these singles featured here were released on Allen Toussaint and his business partner Marshall Sehorn’s local New Orleans label Sansu, widely distributed in the southern city but in only limited quantities elsewhere. As a consequence, Betty Harris’ music failed to achieve the commercial success of other New Orleans artists such as Lee Dorsey (who she recorded with) and The Meters (who backed her). And so at the end of the decade she stopped recording, retired from the music business to raise her family in Florida.

This is no reflection of the stunning musical quality of all these songs which encompass everything from southern soul, heavy funk, deep soul ballads and northern soul. Betty Harris has been a cornerstone of Soul Jazz Records’ New Orleans Funk and New Orleans Soul compilations.

Always soulful and always funky, Betty Harris’ music contains the essence of New Orleans music. She is the Lost Soul Queen of New Orleans.

This collection is released on CD, heavyweight gatefold double LP vinyl (+ download code) and digital and comes complete with full biography, original label artwork.

More info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 8 October 2016 00:13 (three years ago) link


(may not all be that memorable, but did write some hits for others)

Legendary singer/songwriter Jack Lee has been on the radar of rock fans since the late '70s, when he formed the iconic power pop band The NERVES, alongside Paul Collins and Peter Case.

His songs have been covered by a multitude of artists (BLONDIE, SUZY QUATRO, CAT POWER, PAUL YOUNG), but fans have found his solo work very hard to come by prior to this release

01 Good Times
02 Give Me Some Time
03 Come Back And Stay
04 Any Day Now
05 Stand Back And Take A Good Look
06 Hangin' On The Telephone
07 Women
08 I'm Gonna Have Fun
09 Crime Doesn't Pay
10 Paper Dolls
11 It's Hot Outside
12 Sex
13 Somebody Else To Love
14 Bird In A Cage
15 Why Am I So Lonely
16 From Time To Time
17 Between Two People
18 Play With Me
19 Time Machine
20 The Girl In The Picture
21 Breaking Into My Heart
22 Bigger Than Life
23 Small World

trailer for album

dow, Thursday, 13 October 2016 01:15 (three years ago) link

second try

dow, Thursday, 13 October 2016 01:16 (three years ago) link
Super Deluxe Edition featuring unreleased songs, demos, mixes, remasters, new notes from Pete Townshend, an 80-page book, rare memorabilia and much more!

5-CD Super Deluxe box set, 3-LP Edition* and 2-LP Edition*

Released 18 November / 10 February*

In the half century since its release The Who’s debut album MY GENERATION has lost none of it’s raw visceral power and still stands as the ultimate musical declaration of teenage rebellion. The title track alone has been covered innumerable times by the likes of Oasis, Green Day, Patti Smith, Billy Joel, Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden amongst many more.

Back in 1965 the band were considered to be so dangerous that the tailors tasked with turning a Union Jack into a pop art mod jacket for the cover feared that they would be jailed for desecration of the nation’s flag.

The Who’s surly demeanour that day in 1965 at London’s Surrey Docks and the brazen appropriation of the symbol of state is the best advert possible for MY GENERATION It’s an album that sounds like it looks: terse, confrontational and full of youthful angst and energy.

Brunswick Records first issued MY GENERATION in the UK in December 1965, and later in the US, under the title THE WHO SINGS MY GENERATION, in April 1966. It was produced by Shel Talmy who shot to fame with his work with The Kinks, a group that the teenage Pete Townshend admired greatly.

During a break in touring in 2015 Pete Townshend discovered tapes in his audio archive featuring previously unheard demos for the album which also included three totally unreleased songs that the other members of The Who hadn’t ever even heard, ‘The Girls I Could Have Had’, ‘As Children We Grew’and ‘My Own Love’.

The spectacular 79-track five disc super-deluxe edition of MY GENERATION features these unheard songs as well as unreleased demos, unreleased alternate mixes, new remasters and a stereo remix which was created using new overdubs from Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. For this mix Pete used exactly the same guitars and amps as the original album and Roger used the same type of microphone.

The super deluxe edition also features a stunning 80-page colour book with many rare and unseen period photos, candid and insightful new notes from Pete Townshend and period memorabilia.

Of the super deluxe box set Pete Townshend commented “Gathering these demos for this collection has been enjoyable; it’s wonderful for me to have these tapes made fifty-two years ago to listen to. I hope you enjoy them. They have a naiveté and innocence, a simplicity and directness, and an ingenuousness that reveals me as a young man struggling to keep up with the more mature and developed men around me. What an incredible group of strong, talented, young and engaging men they were!”


CD1: Original album (mono mixes)

Originally released 1965
Re-mastered 2016
CD2: Original album (new stereo mixes)

Previously unreleased on CD or vinyl. Released on iTunes 2014.
Remixed by the band in 2014 – For the missing overdubs Pete used exactly the same guitars and amps as the original album, Roger used same type of microphone.
Overdubs recorded at Pete’s home studio and Yellowfish Studio.
CD3: Mono mixes – bonus tracks

Tracks 1–12 originally released 1965-1966. Reissued 2002.
Tracks 13-23 remixed in 2000, previously unreleased
Re-mastered 2016
CD4: Stereo mixes – bonus tracks

Tracks 1-17 previously unreleased on CD or vinyl. Released on iTunes 2014.
Tracks 18-21 previously unreleased.
Re-mastered 2016
CD5: The Demos

Track 1 previously released as 45 rpm flexi-disc with Richard Barnes’ Maximum R&B book (re-mastered 2016)
Tracks 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, & 11 previously unreleased demo versions
Tracks 3, 5, & 9 previously unreleased songs – ‘The Girls I Could’ve Had’, ‘As Children We Grew’, ‘My Own Love’
Track 10 previously released on SCOOP (re-mastered 2016)


Stunning 80-page colour book with many rare and unseen period photos and memorabilia.
Candid and insightful new notes from Pete Townshend illustrating the genesis of the demos and creative process.
New essay by acclaimed music writer Mark Blake with additional track annotation by Who biographer Andy Neill.
Six replica inserts:
Flyer for The Who’s Tuesday night residency at the Marquee Club 1965.
Admission card to the Scene Club in Ham Yard.
Calling card for The Who’s management, New Action Ltd. with a photo of the group
Admission card to the televising of The Who’s first appearance on Ready Steady Go! at Rediffusion TV Studios.
20″ x 30″ poster from a 1966 gig.
20″ x 30″ poster of The Who’s last ever gig at the Goldhawk Social Club.
Hardback 12 x 12 album size slipcase.


Release date – 18 November 2016

CD1: Original album (mono mixes)

Out In The Street
I Don’t Mind
The Good’s Gone
La-La-La Lies
Much Too Much
My Generation
The Kids Are Alright
Please, Please, Please
It’s Not True
I’m A Man
A Legal Matter
The Ox

CD2: Original album (new stereo mixes)

Out In The Street
I Don’t Mind
The Good’s Gone
La-La-La Lies
Much Too Much
My Generation
The Kids Are Alright
Please, Please, Please
It’s Not True
I’m A Man
A Legal Matter
The Ox

CD3: Mono mixes – bonus tracks

I Can’t Explain
Bald Headed Woman
Daddy Rolling Stone
Leaving Here
Lubie, Come Back Home
Shout And Shimmy
(Love Is Like A) Heatwave
Anytime You Want Me
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
Instant Party Mixture
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (French EP Mix)
Out In the Street (Alt guitar break)
Out In the Street (Alt early vocal)
I Don’t Mind (Full Length)
The Good’s Gone (Full Length)
My Generation (Alt version)
I’m A Man (V2 – Early vocal)
Daddy Rolling Stone (alt. take)
Lubie (Alt Mix)
Shout And Shimmy (Alt mix)
Circles (Alt Mix)

CD4: Stereo mixes – bonus tracks

Out In The Street (Alt – Take 1)
I Don’t Mind (Full Length Version)
The Good’s Gone (Full Length Version)
My Generation (Instrumental Version)
The Kids Are Alright (Alt – Take 1)
I Can’t Explain
Bald Headed Woman
Daddy Rolling Stone
Daddy Rolling Stone (Alt version)
Leaving Here
Lubie, Come Back Home
Shout And Shimmy
(Love Is Like A) Heatwave
Anytime You Want Me
Instant Party Mixture
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
Circles (New Mix)
Daddy Rolling Stone (Alt Take B – New Mix)
Out In The Street (Alt Take 2)
I’m A Man (Alt – New Mix)

CD5: Primal Scoop – The Demos

My Generation (V 3)
My Generation (V 2 – fragment)
The Girls I Could’ve Had
It’s Not True
As Children We Grew
Legal Matter
Sunrise (V 1)
Much Too Much
My Own Love
La-La-La- Lies
The Good’s Gone

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 13 October 2016 11:53 (three years ago) link

Would like to hear some more takes of "The Ox" (wonder if they ever played it live, ooo-weee).

Chinatown (1974 Original Soundtrack) Standard

CINE 807

Release Notes
Newly remastered audio
Housed in a deluxe Stoughton tip-on jacket

Also available in a deluxe Black Friday edition (in-store only) pressed on gold wax! Click here to preview.
(cover art is even better)

Available: November 25th, 2016

Sometimes, it doesn’t take very long to create something brilliant. When producer Robert Evans rejected Phillip Lambro’s original score for Chinatown, Jerry Goldsmith was hired to create another, from scratch, in just 10 days.

To say he rose to the challenge is an understatement. Goldsmith, a 20 year veteran of the TV and movie industry with credits including Dr Kildare, Planet Of The Apes and even The Waltons theme, turned in a work that was both a career peak for him and the saviour of Roman Polanski’s masterpiece of neo-noir.

What was clever about it? It wasn’t quite straight jazz, it wasn’t quite classical. It was identifiably a movie soundtrack, but an unusual one at that, leaning heavily on Uan Rasey’s mournful trumpet solos, sparingly using pianos, harps, strings and percussion, and employing sounds and crashes as overtures. It doesn’t try to speak to the film’s 1930s setting so much as to the mood and feel of the movie, a piece about political and moral corruption in a water-starved LA featuring Jack Nicholson at the absolute top of his game.

“I remember Evans speaking about the music having a contemporary feel, contemporary meaning the ‘30s,” Goldsmith said in an interview before his 2004 death. “I said, ‘Bob, I don’t think so – you see that on the screen, why should I do that in the underscore? … Emotions are timeless.’”

Originally released as a soundtrack in 1974, and long out of print, Cinewax’s reissue is remastered from the original tapes and is presented with brand new artwork by acclaimed illustrator and painter Sterling Hundley, with layout by Jay Shaw. Drop the needle and hear why Chinatown is, reportedly, David Lynch’s favorite soundtrack. Goldsmith was right about emotions…
More info, audio:

Also on that page: links to some of their other reissues of soundtracks, like Howard Shore & Ornette Coleman's Naked Lunch.

dow, Friday, 14 October 2016 00:27 (three years ago) link

Would like to hear some more takes of "The Ox" (wonder if they ever played it live, ooo-weee).

They sort of did, or at least they quoted it a handful of times. Entwistle quoted it in his "5:15" bass solos in '99-'00.

Biggest disappointments of that set are no live material (there's some, not a lot, from that era), no High Numbers tracks, and the omission of a studio jam of indeterminate origin where the run through "Green Onions" and snake their way around to distinctly proto-Tommy progressions.
(part of it here

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 14 October 2016 00:45 (three years ago) link

Thanks! More predictable approach on this live '64 High Numbers set, which starts with "Gotta Dance"("to keep from cryin'"), original may or not be better, but here it's kind of ho-hum Frankie-Bobby teen idol fare, then an okay run at "You Really Got Me" and narsty "Smokestack Lightin", my fave rave here, uh-oh then they "Gotta Dance" again etc. (two shows?), so haven't listened to all of it yet, but some of it's cool so far (certainly better sound quality than I expected)

dow, Friday, 14 October 2016 02:37 (three years ago) link

Latest from Sound Of The Universe:

Stunning compilation (every track is a winner!) of obscure and oddball tracks that range from rare African disco to the freakiest of jazz workouts and psychedelic kosmiche! Features one of the most sought-after afro-disco cuts, the jaw-dropping minimal electronics of Steve Monite's 'Only You (Disco Jam)'!

A brilliant compilation focusing on the more fun and weird - an essential label debut from small Scottish collective, Triassic Tusk!

more info. audio:

The French electronic music pioneer behind Black Devil Disco Club, released three seminal library albums in the seventies: Suspense (1975), Cosmos 2043 (1977) and The Strange World of Bernard Fevre (1977). A fourth album called Orbit Ceremony, produced just a few months after remained in his home studio and never saw the light; sentenced to almost 40 years in the devil’s vault. By chance, while working on the re-issues, Bernard Fevre recently found the original lost tapes of Orbit Ceremony, including the multi-tracks, which he remixed and remastered himself. Spacy moogs, weird clavinet, and cosmic analog drum machines: it’s all here. The quirky, cosmic library music found on this long deleted 70′s science-fiction-themed album if full of burbling synths and off-kilter melodies.

more info, audio:

dow, Friday, 14 October 2016 02:57 (three years ago) link

This one from Sounds Of The Universe is the original LP, apparently never reissued in any format, according to discogs, but incl. here because omg the elusive GMIII *and* JCOA, has to be worth some amount of cratedigging, to be determined later:

AWESOME deep, deep latin tinged jazz from trombonist Grachan Moncur and Jazz Composers Orchestra. HARDCORE & ESSENTIAL.
More info, audio:

dow, Saturday, 15 October 2016 17:53 (three years ago) link

Ravenstine release scheduled for next Spring is my main interest so far:
Smog Veil Records Clearing The Air Newsletter
October 2016


We are pleased to announce the debut of Platters du Cuyahoga, series 2. For this of you who subscribed to series 1 or bought one or more of the individual releases of that series, thank you!! For those new to the series, Platters du Cuyahoga is a deeply researched exploration into the unreleased and/or long-unavailable music of Northeast Ohio and each release explores the cultural happenings surrounding the area during the period 1966 through 1977 (or, thereabouts). Each of the 3 releases of series 1, ROBERT BENSICK BAND "French Pictures In London," MR. STRESS BLUES BAND "Live At The Brick Cottage 1972-1973," and X_X "Albert Ayler's Ghosts Live At The Yellow Ghetto" were the subject of much critical acclaim, fan interest, and radio spins. You don't want to miss out on series 2.

So, without further delay, the first of the three releases of series 2: the legendary and never before released 1967 studio demo from Schwartz Fox Blues Crusade "Sunday Morning Revival" is now available for presale. Here's the details:

"As I grew to love the blues, I wanted to try to see if we could come up with something worthy of recording, and the only way to do that was to actually try it."
- Jimmy Fox (James Gang/Schwartz Fox Blues Crusade)

Though once believed to have been lost or to only exist in theory, the lone recording by The Schwartz-Fox Blues Crusade featuring Mr. Stress - consisting of Cleveland legends Glenn Schwartz (guitar/vocals), Jimmy Fox (drums), Bill "Mr. Stress" Miller (vocals/harmonica), Tom Kriss (bass), Rich Kriss (guitar/vocals), and Mike Sands (piano) - is finally being released for music fans to savor and enjoy.

Taped one Sunday morning in the Spring of 1967, this is a piece of true Cleveland folklore that grew out of the Sunday jam sessions at the east side's The Coffeehouse. This recording could be considered a soundtrack for the University Circle district (a then gathering place for motorcycle gangs, beatniks, hippies, counter-culture personalities) as it became the center of Cleveland's underground from roughly 1965 through 1968.

Glenn Schwartz, Jimmy Fox, and Tom Kriss were three of the then five members of the James Gang who respectively played lead guitar, drums, and bass. By the spring of 1967 the James Gang were quickly becoming one of the most beloved bands in Cleveland and the surrounding areas. When Schwartz left the James Gang suddenly in late 1967 to eventually join Pacific Gas & Electric in California, his guitar pupil, Joe Walsh (The Eagles), took over for him and soon led the James Gang to international success.

Guitarist Rich Kriss was between being a member of Chuck Bates & The Barons (whose drummer, Steve Nemeth, would go on to local fame as progressive Cleveland radio DJ Doc Nemo) and The Joyful Wisdom, led by the late Dave Griggs who, next to Schwartz and Robert Jr. Lockwood, was considered one of the finest blues guitarists in Cleveland.

Blues harpist and vocalist Bill "Mr. Stress" Miller and pianist Mike Sands were members of an up and coming hard Chicago-style blues group called The Mr. Stress Blues Band. Formed in the late summer of 1966, the group would soon become a long running Cleveland institution through which such luminaries as Chrissie Hynde, Peter Laughner (Pere Ubu/Rocket From The Tombs), and Anton Fier (Feelies/Lounge Lizards/X__X) would pass through.

This fine piece of living, breathing Cleveland audio history is much more than just another blues jam session, and is the first entry of Smog Veil's continuing Platters du Cuyahoga series 2.

9 studio tracks of pure post-teen garage rock blues are accompanied by extensive liners and and never before published photos. The LP features colored vinyl, a free download code, and is limited to 1500 copies. Both the CD and the LP contains extensive liner notes penned by Nick Blakey and never before published photos.

Note that this release will ship on or before November 18, 2016. The CD and LP are done and we are awaiting shipment to our warehouse.

The three releases comprising Platters du Cuyahoga series 2 are: (1) Schwartz Fox Blues Crusade: "Sunday Morning Revival" (1967) (November 18, 2016 release date); (2) Allen Ravenstine: "Terminal Drive" (1975) (spring 2017 release); and (3) a soon to be announced double LP release of studio and live recordings from the first and most influential improvisational electronic outfit that called Cleveland home (1972-1973 recordings) (spring 2017 release). All the releases will be formatted on vinyl as well as CD and download/streaming. A hallmark of the series will be that each release contains extensive liner notes, all carefully crafted and researched.

dow, Wednesday, 19 October 2016 17:10 (three years ago) link

Telefon Tel Aviv announces 15th anniversary reissue of debut LP, Fahrenheit Fair Enough, on Ghostly
Long out-of-print, classic IDM LP gets remastered w/ 8 bonus tracks added

STREAM: "Fahrenheit Fair Enough" (Archive '99 version & remastered version) -

Telefon Tel Aviv is an experimental electronic duo formed in 1999 by two New Orleans high-school friends, Joshua Eustis and Charles Cooper. Following years of playing in various local bands and learning the ropes of electronic music production, Eustis and Cooper wrote the demos for what would become Telefon Tel Aviv in 1999. After sending them to John Hughes III, who operated the Chicago-based Hefty Records, they were offered an album deal in January 2000. They spent the rest of that year writing their debut album, Fahrenheit Fair Enough, released in September 2001, as well as the soundtrack for the movie New Port South, written by Hughes’ brother James and released the same year.
Shaped by a diverse set of influences that included British electronic music (Autechre, Aphex Twin, Jega) and Black American music (house, techno, bounce rap), Telefon Tel Aviv were the latest in a growing lineup of American musicians that sought to carve their own lane and add something meaningful to a growing international conversation about what the meeting point between hip-hop, soul, and electronic music could be. But while Eustis and Cooper emerged within a specific context that provided their continuing work with a solid foundation, they spent the next decade taking risks and grappling with the idea of what an electronic duo could be.
In 2004, they released their second LP, Map Of What Is Effortless, a bold attempt at solidifying the romantic elements of their debut into a modern r&b sound and featuring vocal contributions from Damon Aaron and Lindsay Anderson. Three years later, Hefty released a compilation of Telefon Tel Aviv remixes that included their take on Nine Inch Nails, Ammoncontact, Slicker, and Apparat among others.
In 2009, ten years after they first began working together, the duo returned with Immolate Yourself, via Ellen Alien's BPitch Control label. Darker and synth-driven, this third album took yet another dramatic left turn, this time towards a more unabashedly pop-minded sound.
In between the German and U.S. release of Immolate, Charles Cooper passed away unexpectedly. Following Cooper’s death the Telefon Tel Aviv project went on hold. In 2014, Eustis released a solo album on Audraglint Recordings as Sons of Magdalene called Move To Pain. After years of self-doubt, Eustis decided to revive the Telefon Tel Aviv alias in 2016. This return coincides with a reissue of the debut album on Ghostly International and Eustis’ first live shows under the name, which began in the spring of 2016 with a North American tour alongside Moderat. New material under the Telefon Tel Aviv moniker is currently being written.

Telefon Tel Aviv
Fahrenheit Fair Enough
Release Date: Dec. 2, 2016
Formats: LP / CD / Digital

1. Fahrenheit Fair Enough
2. Ttv
3. Lotus Above Water
4. John Thomas On The Inside Is Nothing But Foam
5. Life Is All About Taking Things In and Putting Things Out
6. Your Face Reminds Me Of When I Was Old
7. What's The Use Of Feet If You Haven't Got Legs
8. Introductory Nomenclature
9. Fahrenheit Far Away

bonus tracks:
10. Reak What (Archive '99)
11. Fahrenheit Fair Enough (Archive '99)
12. Cliccum (Archive '99)
13. 7 8 (Archive '99)
14. Eight Track Project (Archive '99)
15. Rittle Alpha (Archive '99)
16. Rittle Beta (Archive '99)
17. What's The Use Of Feet If You Haven't Got Legs? (Archive '99)

dow, Wednesday, 19 October 2016 17:25 (three years ago) link

Somehow I'd never checked this thread before----good for unexpected bargains re reissues:

Oh Mr Amazon, with this cheap box set / bargain item, etc...

dow, Monday, 24 October 2016 16:59 (three years ago) link

Bangles fans should def consider this cool collection, but don't think that Disc 1 of the Big Star box would work (for me) as a stand-alone LP. Haven't listened to the very-early-to-early Beach Boys set yet. Prob won't seek out the Jaco, but looks like a valiantly, somewhat intriguingly wide-ranging effort; I didn't know he recorded with Ian Hunter....

From Big Star, a vinyl version of the first disc
from critically acclaimed Complete Third;
the highlights from Becoming the Beach Boys;
the entire Ladies and Gentlemen … The Bangles!;
and Jaco: Original Soundtrack.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Although every day is a great day to visit your local brick-and-mortar record store, a visit on Record Store Day/Black Friday (November 25th) is essential. Omnivore Recordings has four vinyl titles available that day at record stores only: Big Star’s Complete Third, Vol. 1: Demos to Sessions to Roughs; the Beach Boys’ Becoming the Beach Boys: Highlights from the Hite & Dorinda Morgan Sessions; the Bangles’ Ladies and Gentlemen … The Bangles!,; and Jaco Pastorius’ Jaco: Original Soundtrack.

In September 1961, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Carl Wilson, and Dennis Wilson stepped up to a microphone together for the first time at the home of Hite and Dorinda Morgan to demo The Beach Boys’ first three songs, under the Morgans’ direction. Between that date and the following March, before signing a seven-year contract with Capitol Records in July 1962, the group committed nine songs to tape. Some of these tunes became iconic, others remained obscure. Omnivore recently released a two-CD set of this material, including various takes. Uncut noted, “This pastiche of past and present contains the seeds of a predominant strain of ’60s music.” NPR’s Fresh Air spotlighted the package. And now, available for the first time on vinyl will be Highlights From Becoming the Beach Boys: The Complete Hite & Dorinda Morgan Sessions, a distillation of the initial package. The set comes in blue, red, or yellow vinyl variations.

Ladies and Gentlemen … The Bangles!, featuring 16 tracks hand-selected by the band members from their personal music archives, is a collection of remastered ’80s-era rarities, demos, live recordings and more, including the band’s debut single and all of the tracks from their self-titled 1982 EP helmed by legendary Ramones/Blondie producer Craig Leon. The album was previously available as a download and a CD issued earlier this year by Omnivore Recordings. PopMatters said: “This compilation serves as a good introductory tool for new fans, those interested in exploring the group’s work, as well as die-hards interested in rarities and outtakes.” Due to popular demand, Omnivore is releasing the set again, this time on beautiful red vinyl for Record Store Day/Black Friday.

A special first-time-on-vinyl, limited-edition release of Jaco: Original Soundtrack features music drawn from the critically acclaimed full-length documentary film chronicling the life, music and ongoing influence of the mythic electric bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius. Produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and Jaco’s eldest son Johnny Pastorius, Jaco: Original Soundtrack brings together 16 essential recordings including solo tracks, Weather Report masterpieces and musical collaborations with Joni Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Herbie Hancock, and more. This special one-time vinyl pressing of the soundtrack (previously available on CD and digital) features three brand-new recordings including two riveting interpretations of Jaco classics. Trujillo and album co-producer Chuck Doom penned the liner notes.
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More information and track listings at

Watch (and feel free to post) the Omnivore Recordings Record Store Day/Black Friday trailer:

dow, Thursday, 27 October 2016 18:54 (three years ago) link

Got my copies of the Tad reissues in today's mail. They come in really nice mini-LP gatefold sleeves (slightly larger than a digipak); each one has a big foldout poster with the album art on one side, and interviews with all the bandmembers about the record in question, plus complete lyrics, on the other side. The sound quality is fantastic - these were always well-recorded albums, built for maximum impact, and the remastering doesn't brickwall them or push the sound past the pain threshold, it's just louder, clearer, and heavier. Really, I don't see how they could have done a better job on these.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Monday, 31 October 2016 20:57 (three years ago) link

that Monite song on that Screamers, Bangers, & Cosmic Synths comp is a god damned JAM. infuriating that it's already sold out; the only copy available anywhere is going for $100 on Discogs.

thos beads (jamescobo), Tuesday, 1 November 2016 02:40 (three years ago) link

From Cowboy Junkies:

It’s taken us a couple of years to untangle all of the bureaucratic red tape but it’s finally here; a re-mastered Trinity Session on vinyl and SACD. Peter Moore went back to the original session tapes (it was recorded on an extremely primitive early digital format) and did his voodoo thang, cleaning, eqing and re-clocking and giving a whole new life to that magical day. The highly respected audio-file label Analogue Productions then got involved and the result is a pristine, 2 disc release on 200 gm vinyl with a gatefold sleeve and liner notes by Jason Schneider. It’s an expensive item, but it’s a quality item…and it makes a great Christmas/Holiday present….especially if you are buying for yourself.

The Super Audio CD (which is also compatible with a regular CD player) won’t be available for another month or so and we are hoping to also get approval for an HD download. We will let you know when they are available.


show info:

dow, Friday, 4 November 2016 19:17 (three years ago) link
This re-issue is my most fave live jazz album since Wes Montgomery's Full House.
"In early 1966 three terrific acts appeared at the famed Village Vanguard jazz club in New York. Two of them were up-to-the-minute small groups led by Miles Davis and John Coltrane respectively. Those are the ones history remembers. The one that tends to be forgotten was the debut of a big band formed by ex Basie-band trumpeter and conductor Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis.."

calzino, Thursday, 10 November 2016 00:23 (three years ago) link

Yeah, that's a great set (and I'm not a big-band guy at all, generally speaking).

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 10 November 2016 00:41 (three years ago) link

It doesn't often sound like a big band, much of it sounds like an on fire quintet or trio.

calzino, Thursday, 10 November 2016 00:58 (three years ago) link

From Smog Veil newsletter


Hey friends--seems like we always have something special happening at the end of the year, and I for one can use a little levity and gathering of friends.

So, if you are in Cleveland on November 13, 2016, head on out to the Beachland Ballroom for a very special celebration of the lives and music of Robert and Jack Kidney and Terry Hynde, otherwise known as 15-60-75, that is, The Numbers Band.

A number of Smog Veil artists and friends will be on stage that night, including Scott Krauss, Albert Dennis, Lamont "Bim" Thomas, Chris Butler, Harvey Gold, Tony Maimone, and Charlie Wiener.

Proceeds from the event support Purple Heart Homes and the Cleveland Rocks project.

Click HERE for more information.(also incl. Tiny Alice reunion)


Be sure to get out and see a gig where you live.


Dec 10: Knockdown Center, Flushing, Queens, NY (w/Parquet Courts)

Updates for all the new stuff, reviews, mp3 samples and videos available daily at the Smog Veil Facebook fan page. Check it out:

dow, Monday, 14 November 2016 18:51 (three years ago) link

no lime tangier, Monday, 14 November 2016 20:45 (three years ago) link

^ these worry me—not a fan of the Epic Soundtracks reissues they did...

nerve_pylon, Tuesday, 15 November 2016 00:21 (three years ago) link

errrrr, scratch that—Mapache vs. Tapete—hopefully the Slapp Happys are great!

nerve_pylon, Tuesday, 15 November 2016 00:23 (three years ago) link

Got a Herbie Hancock budget set in today's mail that combines 1974's Thrust, 1975's Man-Child, and 1976's Secrets on two CDs, but the really cool thing about it is that it includes all the singles from those albums as bonus tracks. Some of them just start like the album versions, then fade out, but others are more complex single edits which are pretty cool, and they've never been reissued before. (It sounds like they were remastered from the cleanest vinyl they could find, but again, you're not gonna find 'em anywhere else, period, so.)

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 15 November 2016 01:36 (three years ago) link

As mentioned toward the end, all of this is in the 2001 LiliPUT box, but here's new vinylist refreshment anyway:

Kleenex/LiLiPUT First Songs 2LP compilation due 12/09/16

“You can't dispute LiLiPUT's status as pioneers of feminist art-punk. Along with fellow travelers like the Slits and the Raincoats, this (mostly) female Swiss group took advantage of punk's anything-goes attitude and created jittery, spirited pop that was both in step with the times and completely singular. The early material is a riot of exuberant energy, taking stylistic cues from peers like Gang of Four and Wire-- propulsive bass, skittering pop rhythms, slashing guitars-- and adding distinctive overlapping vocal patterns, which are sung, shrieked, and hiccupped in three languages and made- up dadaistic slang. More than 20 years on, it still sounds fresh.” - Lisa Gidley

Kill Rock Stars is excited to announce the December 9th, 2016 release of First Songs, a 2LP set of recordings from the legendary punk bands Kleenex and LiLiPUT. First Songs combines all the pre-1982 material, all 3 Kleenex singles, the first 2 Liliput 7"’s and all the originally unreleased material prior to Liliput’s debut LP.

Click here to watch Kleenex perform the track "Hedi's Head":

The Ballad of Kleenex/Liliput

The fact that punk rock could capture the imaginations of young people around Europe and America in the late '70's was embodied in the five-year output of Switzerland's Kleenex (later renamed Liliput). The music meant empowerment for many people to take chances and not worry about consequences. This was especially so for women like guitarist Marlene Marder and bassist Klaudia Schiff, the two constants/mainstays of the group

When punk groups began springing up in Zurich, it was a very small scene with a handful of bands that all knew each other, not many places to play and virtually no support from radio stations or the press there. Marder (originally a saxophonist) had played with a group called the Nasal Boys. Two experimental film-makers, Schiff and drummer Lislot Ha had been bouncing around the idea of forming group before hooking up with the appropriately-named vocalist Regula Sing and a male guitarist who had much more ambitious musician plans. Marder liked what she heard from the band and was glad to step in to replace him. Indeed, the group's aim was to have fun, more than to become rich and famous. Armed with a repertoire of four-songs and three chords, Kleenexwowed the local crowds with their simple, child-like rock ditties, filled with joyful chants and nonsense words in the tradition of Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" but musically more in the noisy, exuberant spirit of their British comrades the Sex Pistols.

Kleenex had local friends who decided to start up a label (Sunrise) where the band put out their first (self-financed) EP in 1978, which included the same four songs from their live sets ("Beri-Beri," "Ain't You," "Hedi's Head," "Nice"). The response was such that the first pressing sold out in weeks. A copy of the EP managed to get to John Peel, the famous English DJ, who fell in love with it and played it over and over for his radio listeners. Rough Trade got wind of their strange, wonderful music and signed the group to a record contract. Their first single ("Ain't You" and "Hedi's Head" from the EP) made a splash with the UK press and led the label to organize a group of dates around Europe with label-mates Scritti Politti and Red Krayola. Not even a year after their formation, the group was already an international sensation even though, at the time, they still held various clerical jobs back in Zurich.

Coming to England, they were unimaginatively dubbed the 'Swiss Slits' by the press and made their next single ("You"/"U", 1979) with Krayola leader/Rough Trade producer Mayo Thompson. Soon, they were off headlining an English 'package tourí with local favorites like the Raincoats, Swell Maps, Subway Sect and Spizz Energi.

After the tour ended in late '79, Sing left the group to be replaced by Chrigle Freund, a recent high school dropout, much younger than the rest of the group. With the loss of their original singer and threats to destroy all their records by the tissue company, which they took their name from, the group rechristened itself as Liliput in 1980, soon adding saxist Angie Barrack to their ranks. This five-piece line up recorded their next single 'Die Matrosen/Split' with its famous nonsense cheers/shouts ('Hotch-potch, Hugger-mugger, Bow-wow, Hara-kiri!'), making a splash on the UK indie/alternative charts.

Despite their success, Ha and Barrack left the group, reducing them to a trio. Their next single, 1981's politically-motivated 'Eisiger Wind' (with its Hugo Ball parody sleeve) caught the attention of noted American rock critics Robert Christgau and Greil Marcus, who praised the innovative trio. By the time the single was released, the band was in the middle of another personnel crisis with Freund now leaving the group. Marder and Schiff closed ranks and assembled a new band with singer Astrid Spirit, drummer Beat Schlatter and saxist Christoph Herzog. After a successful German tour, the later two left the band (though Schlatter continued to help on drums) and the group was a trio again.

After four years, the group finally released a full-length album ('Liliput') for Rough Trade in 1982, leading into another tour. After another single ('The Jatz'/'You Did It', 1983), Marder and Schiff were tired, not having fun anymore and ready to quit. Spirit rallied them to do another record with an advance from Rough Trade Germany. Their second album (Some Songs, which Marder thinks is some of their best work), with various guests helping out and Spirit now playing violin, turned out to be their swan song. Spirit decided that she wanted to raise a family instead of being in a band, spelling the end of the group in late '83. Marder had her own record shop, worked at a jazz club and had a band in the late '80's called Danger Mice. Schiff returned to painting, which she had done for many flyers and sleeves for the band.

First Songs tracklist

Ain’t You
Hedi’s Head
Die Matrosen
Hitch Hike
Eisiger Wind
Turn The Table
Dolly Dollar
I Had A Dream
When The Cat’s Away

First Songs is a vinyl only release. Kleenex/LiLiPUT's complete discography is available digitally on 2001's LiLiPUT compilation.

First Songs is a co-release between Kill Rock Stars and Mississippi Records.

dow, Tuesday, 15 November 2016 22:04 (three years ago) link

13CD Vangelis box, Delectus, coming in February 2017

A 13-disc boxed set which will see all of Vangelis’ classic works recorded for the Vertigo and Polydor labels gathered together and remastered in a lavish box with essay and many photographs. The discs are housed in two die-cut, gatefold disc holders within a rigid 242mm square slipcase and alongside a substantial (probably 64-page) book, much like the recent Steve Hackett ‘Premonitions’ set. Featuring the albums “Earth”, “L’Apocalypse Des Animaux”, “Opera Sauvage”, “See You Later”, “Chariots of Fire”, “Antarctica”, “Mask”, “Invisible Connections” and his collaborative albums with Jon Anderson as JON & VANGELIS; “Short Stories”, “The Friends of Mr Cairo” & “Private Collection”. Includes rare B-sides and previously unreleased tracks.

This is the first ever collection of music remastered under the supervision of Vangelis himself.

1. Come On
2. We Are All Uprooted
3. Sunny Earth
4. He-O
5. Ritual
6. Let It Happen
7. The City
8. My Face In The Rain
9. We Are All Uprooted
10. A Song

L’Apocalypse Des Animaux:
1. La mer recommence
2. Apocalypse des animaux - Générique
3. La petite fille de la mer
4. Le singe bleu
5. La mort du loup
6. L'ours musicien
7. Création du monde

1. Chung Kuo
2. The Long March
3. The Dragon
4. The Plum Blossom
5. The Tao Of Love
6. The Little Fete
7. Yin & Yang
8. Himalaya
9. Summit

Opera Sauvage:
1. Hymne
2. Rêve
3. L'enfant
4. Mouettes
5. Chromatique
6. Irlande
7. Flamants roses

See You Later:
1. I Can't Take It Anymore
2. Multi-Track Suggestion
3. Memories Of Green
4. Not A Bit - All Of It
5. Suffocation
6. See You Later
7. Neighbours Above
8. My Love
9. Domestic Logic 1

Chariots Of Fire:
1. Titles
2. Five Circles
3. Abraham's Theme
4. Eric's Theme
5. 100 Metres
6. Jerusalem
7. Chariots Of Fire

1. Theme From Antarctica
2. Antarctica Echoes
3. Kinematic
4. Song Of White
5. Life Of Antarctica
6. Memory Of Antarctica
7. Other Side Of Antarctica
8. Deliverance

Soil Festivities:
1. Soil Festivities: Movement 1
2. Soil Festivities: Movement 2
3. Soil Festivities: Movement 3
4. Soil Festivities: Movement 4
5. Soil Festivities: Movement 5

1. Mask: Movement 1
2. Mask: Movement 2
3. Mask: Movement 3
4. Mask: Movement 4
5. Mask: Movement 5
6. Mask: Movement 6

Invisible Connections:
1. Invisible Connections
2. Atom Blaster
3. Thermo Vision

Short Stories:
1. Curious Electric
2. Each And Every Day
3. Bird Song
4. I Hear You Now
5. The Road
6. Far Away In Baagad
7. Love Is

The Friends Of Mister Cairo:
1. I'll Find My Way Home
2. State Of Independence
3. Beside
4. The Mayflower
5. The Friends Of Mr. Cairo
6. Back To School
7. Outside Of This (Inside Of That)
8. One More Time
9. Thunder
10. Play Within A Play

The Friends Of Mister Cairo
1. I'll Find My Way Home
2. State Of Independence
3. Beside
4. The Mayflower
5. The Friends Of Mr. Cairo
6. Back To School
7. Outside Of This (Inside Of That)

Private Collection:
1. Italian Song
2. And When The Night Comes
3. Deborah
4. Polonaise
5. He Is Sailing
6. Horizon
7. Song Is

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 17 November 2016 13:57 (three years ago) link

From Numero:


The definitive Unwound. All seven of their studio albums, nine singles, 24 compilation tracks, complete Peel Sessions, original demo tape, original Fake Train recorded with Tim Green, Live Leaves (on CD for the first time), a disc of live rarities, and pre-unwound band Giant Henry’s complete recordings (including their 2001 reunion show), plus a 90-minute DVD filled with live footage, videos, and other detritus of the VHS era. Foil-wrapped hardcover book contains David Wilcox’s complete 40,000 word liner notes, reflections by Justin Trosper, Sara Lund, and Brandt Sandeno, map of Olympia punk houses, dozens of previously unpublished photographs, a flyer gallery, and annotated discography.
Complete contents:

11 compact discs
> Giant Henry
> S/T
> Fake Train
> New Plastic Ideas
> The Future of What
> Repetition
> Challenge For A Civilized Society
> Leaves Turn Inside You
> Live Leaves
> Live Detritus
192 tracks
256-page hard bound book
Foil-wrapped slipcase

This box set was manufactured in a strictly limited edition of 1000 and will not be available in stores. Pre-order guarantees a copy to ship by December 12.

dow, Friday, 18 November 2016 00:36 (three years ago) link

Saturday Night In America, and what am I doing here, with my sort of life?
Oh yeah:

The Magnetic Fields’ first two albums, The Wayward Bus and Distant Plastic Trees, will make their debut appearance on vinyl in December 2016, packaged together as a two-LP set.

Distant Plastic Trees, the Magnetic Fields’ first album, was originally released in England and Japan in 1991. Merritt’s accordion player, the novelist Daniel Handler, later noted that “this tinny and intimate recording, in quiet defiance of the reigning roar of pop music, recalls both the early, scratchy field recordings of folk music and the first experiments in electronic music—precisely the sort of stylistic balance the Magnetic Fields liked to achieve.” The album includes the early-’90s college radio single “100,000 Fireflies” which had earlier appeared as a single on Harriet Records and was later covered by Superchunk.

The album artwork on both Distant Plastic Trees and The Wayward Bus was created by watercolorist Wendy Smith. Her beautiful wrap-around paintings, now printed in a larger format, along with remastered audio make this two-LP set an exciting addition to the Magnetic Fields discography.

When You Were My Baby The Magnetic Fields 2:42
The Saddest Story Ever Told The Magnetic Fields 2:13
Lovers From the Moon The Magnetic Fields 2:53
Candy The Magnetic Fields 2:32
Tokyo Á Go-Go The Magnetic Fields 3:13
Summer Lies The Magnetic Fields 2:59
Old Orchard Beach The Magnetic Fields 2:54
Jeremy The Magnetic Fields 3:01
Dancing in Your Eyes The Magnetic Fields 2:57
Suddenly There Is a Tidal Wave The Magnetic Fields 3:19
Railroad Boy The Magnetic Fields 3:00
Smoke Signals The Magnetic Fields 3:29
You Love to Fail The Magnetic Fields 2:30
Kings The Magnetic Fields 2:15
Babies Falling The Magnetic Fields 3:19
Living in an Abandoned Firehouse With You The Magnetic Fields 3:59
Tar-Heel Boy The Magnetic Fields 2:26
Falling in Love With the Wolfboy The Magnetic Fields 4:06
Josephine The Magnetic Fields 3:08
100,000 Fireflies The Magnetic Fields 3:20

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The Magnetic Fields On Tour
11/19 North Adams, MA MASS MoCA
12/02 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Academy of Music
12/03 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Academy of Music
03/15 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
03/16 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
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dow, Sunday, 20 November 2016 04:01 (three years ago) link

Let Them Eat Vinyl and Rock Classics is proud to announce the official North American release date for the following vinyl titles. Pick up these titles on December 2 at your favorite retailer.

DIAMOND HEAD / All Will Be Revealed is the 2005 comeback album by the NWOBHM legends. It was the band's first release since their 2002 Acoustic First Cuts EP and the first studio album since 1993's Death and Progress. It was first album to feature vocalist Nick Tart. RCV204LP

Track Listing: 1. Mine All Mine, 2. Give It To Me, 3. Nightmare, 4. Fallen Angel, 5. Alimony, 6. Lost At Sea, 7. Broken Pieces, 8. All Will Be Revealed, 9. Dead Or Living, 10. Drinking Again, 11. Come Alive, 12. Muddy Waters


DIAMOND HEAD / What's In Your Head? is the second and final album with singer Nick Tart. The album was produced by Dave Nicholls (Slipknot, Stone Sour). RCV203LP

Track Listing: 1. Skin On Skin, 2. I Feel No Pain, 3. This Planet And Me, 4. Reign Supreme, 5. Killing Me, 6. Tonight, 7. Pray For Me, 8. What’s In Your Head, 9. Nothing To Lose, 10. Calling Out, 11. Victim


CHELSEA / Traitors Gate is the band's seventh studio originally released 1994. LETV499LP

Track Listing: 1. Streets Of Anarchy, 2. Be What You Want To Be, 3. Traitor's Gate, 4. Power For A Day, 5. Fireworks, 6. S.A.D., 7. My Hotel Room, 8. Guns In Paradise, 9. We Dare, 10. Floating In The Dark, 11. This Is Now, 12. Nightmares, 13. Be What You Wanna Be, 14. Fireworks, 15. Floating In The Dark, 16. Guns In Paradise, 17. Power For A Day, 18. Build An Ark, 19. Streets Of Anarchy, 20. My Hotel Room, 21. We Dare


CHELSEA / Faster, Cheaper and Better Looking is the band's eighth studio album originally released in 2005. It was their long awaited new release since reuniting in 1999. LETV501LP

Track Listing: 1. Living In The Urban UK, 2. SOD The War, 3. Bad Advice, 4. New Utopia, 5. Cosy Family Way, 6. Sliding Down A Stream, 7. K.X.L.U., 8. We Don't Want It, 9. 45 RPM, 10. Ritalin Kid, 11. And I Love You, 12. If We Knew Then, 13. Mr. Ferry's Son, 14. Home, 15. Answer To The Question (bonus), 16. I Fought The Law (bonus), 17. White Riot (bonus), 18. Do We Really Care (bonus), 19. Linoleum (bonus)


LAST IN LINE / Heavy Crown features guitarist Vivian Campbell, drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain, and renowned vocalist Andy Freeman. The debut from this mega-group takes its name from Dio's 1984 fan-favorite album.

Track Listing: 1. Devil In Me, 2. Martyr, 3. Starmaker, 4. Burn This House Down, 5. I Am Revolution, 6. Blame It On Me, 7. In Flames (bonus track), 8. Already Dead, 9. Curse The Day, 10. Orange Glow, 11. Heavy Crown, 12. The Sickness

Watch for announcement on new vinyl titles for early 2017 shortly!


dow, Monday, 21 November 2016 18:32 (three years ago) link

New compilation by legendary Colombian cumbia/vallenato accordionist Andrés Landero, Yo Amanecí, coming on Vampisoul. Track listing:

1. La cigarrona
2. Mara del Carmen
3. Tambó tambó
4. Virgen de la Candelaria
5. Perdí las abarcas
6. Mi machete
7. La muerte de Eduardo Lora
8. Marta Cecilia
9. Cuando lo negro sea bello
10. Así se goza
11. Cumbia en la India
12. Que te vaya bien
13. Por ahí es que va la cosa
14. La mochila terciá
15. Rosa y Mayo
16. La pava congona
17. Yo amanecí
18. Las mellas
19. Mercedes Elena
20. La Sanjacintera

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 30 November 2016 19:41 (three years ago) link

Couple of interesting end-of-the-year items:

Punk 45: Les Punks, The French Connection (The First Wave Of French Punk 1977-80):
- The best review of French punk I've heard

Kollektion 06: Cluster 1971-1981:
- Single disc career overview

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 13 December 2016 20:22 (three years ago) link

Also, this lovely 4CD box covering underground UK punk:

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 15 December 2016 04:23 (three years ago) link

out today:
won't let me paste the artwork here for long, but link leads to that and other details of a lavish edition (a la others posted about upthread):

dow, Friday, 16 December 2016 00:06 (three years ago) link

Thanks for those links, Gerald. Would esp. like to check that French comp; the only ones I've heard on there are Metal Urbain and Metal Boys (when they featured China), both ace.

dow, Friday, 16 December 2016 00:10 (three years ago) link

"others posted about upthread"--others on Waxwork Records.

dow, Friday, 16 December 2016 00:12 (three years ago) link

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