Record buying advice: African Head Charge - In Pursuit of Shashamane Land

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A nice used copy is sitting at Vinyl Fever on sale for $6. Should I?

Ian Riese-Moraine (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 21:38 (fifteen years ago) link

fuck dude. 6$. skip a beer next time you're at a bar

The JaXoN 5 (JasonD), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 21:43 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm a teetotaler, so that wouldn't be difficult!

Ian Riese-Moraine (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 21:47 (fifteen years ago) link

ahh. a lovely on-u classic.

depends if you like dubbed up weirdness and religious chants all blended together.

not massively different to Songs of Praise .. more 'polished' production perhaps ..

mark e (mark e), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 21:49 (fifteen years ago) link

Well, I'm all for dubbed up weirdness...religious chants would be an interesting blend!

Ian Riese-Moraine (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 21:54 (fifteen years ago) link

oh, if you've never heard them, and you like that album, go find My Life in a Hole in the Ground. wonderful album.

The JaXoN 5 (JasonD), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 22:00 (fifteen years ago) link

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(translation: Fuck yes!)

peepee (peepee), Wednesday, 9 March 2005 22:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Drastic Season is a mind-blower as well.

donut debonair (donut), Thursday, 10 March 2005 01:48 (fifteen years ago) link

they're no American Head Charge.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Thursday, 10 March 2005 01:54 (fifteen years ago) link

And that's for the better, natch!

Ian Riese-Moraine eats dub for breakfast! (Eastern Mantra), Thursday, 10 March 2005 01:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Do you think American Head Charge's lawyers ever approached On-U Sound records with cease & desist orders for the similarity in names? I would love to see the ensuing can of whoop ass coming back from Sherwood, Style Scott, and Kishi!

donut debonair (donut), Thursday, 10 March 2005 02:02 (fifteen years ago) link

oh, if you've never heard them, and you like that album, go find My Life in a Hole in the Ground. wonderful album.
-- The JaXoN 5

Oooh yeah. But they're always good, so buy the album. Long summer evenings on the back porch in the 80's with friends and a pot of tea... that's what I think of when I hear AHC... right, gaz?

moley, Thursday, 10 March 2005 02:07 (fifteen years ago) link

My Life in a Hole in the Ground has been on my want list for a while. I need more On-U-Sound, period. All I have are the debuts of New Age Steppers, Singers and Players, and The Missing Brazilians (and although it wasn't on On-U-Sound, Mark Stewart and the Maffia's As the Veneer of Democracy Starts to Fade could count as an On-U-Sound release because so much of it was inspired by that Missing Brazilians album...to the point where the untitled track on the Maffia CD is just "Igloo Inn" from the Missing Brazilians put through a pitchshifter or something).

Ian Riese-Moraine (Eastern Mantra), Thursday, 10 March 2005 02:26 (fifteen years ago) link

fifteen years pass...

as expected i eventually succumbed and ordered the recent boxset of the later era of AHC albums despite having the original cds.
rather glad i did, as the 'Underpulse Motion DJ Edit' of Pursuit is all time on-u brilliance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMP7ZCTj9vU

mark e, Friday, 20 November 2020 18:08 (one week ago) link

I bought both the AHC boxes, and the Dub Syndicate one too. I wish they'd do one for Creation Rebel. (I also want all the early Tackhead/Gary Clail 12"s on CD.)

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 20 November 2020 18:37 (one week ago) link

Do you have the Tackhead Tape Time CD?

https://www.discogs.com/Gary-Clails-Tackhead-Sound-System-Tackhead-Tape-Time/release/74239

I would LOVE there to be a reissue of Creation Rebel's Close Encounters Of The Third World which is the one i have never managed to track down.

That Underpulse Motion DJ Edit is fab!

stirmonster, Friday, 20 November 2020 18:47 (one week ago) link

I first heard Tackhead Tape Time in 1988. I love it, but I want the full 12" tracks and the B-sides. The full-length versions of "Mind at the End of the Tether" and "What's My Mission Now?" are absolutely crushing, even today.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 20 November 2020 18:50 (one week ago) link

totally agree re Creation Rebel boxset, same goes for Singers & Players.

and yes, i have Tackhead Tape Time - found cd Netwerk/US cd edition back in the day, and have been very grateful ever since.
that said, it would be great to have the full 12" versions unedited.
the nearest you can get is to track down the Power Inc compilations that KLB released.
they are not cheap now, but they have quite a few 12" versions of early Tack>>Head tracks.

oh, and re Singers & Players :
apparently they don't have the masters for Vacuum Pumping, so a few years back i offered my mint copy that's never been played as i bought the cassette version as well, and they said they were interested.
but as yet, nothing has happened.

mark e, Friday, 20 November 2020 19:00 (one week ago) link

also, these cd boxsets are beautifully made.
the heavy duty outer case is far superior to most other boxsets i have.
i love the whole look and feel of them.

mark e, Friday, 20 November 2020 19:02 (one week ago) link

somewhat tangential to african head charge but i picked this out of a dollar bin about three weeks ago and was very pleasantly surprised by how fresh the a-side sounded

https://www.discogs.com/TackHead-Mind-At-The-End-Of-The-Tether/release/50788

the late great, Friday, 20 November 2020 19:03 (one week ago) link

Fair enough. I had forgotten they were truncated versions; I haven't listented to the album for a long time. And the 12" of "What's My Mission Now?" is particularly essential imo. I think "Now What?" might crush even more.

Vacuum Pumping is all time! I hope they eventually take you up on your offer.

stirmonster, Friday, 20 November 2020 19:03 (one week ago) link

"Mind At The End Of The Tether" is still great. I love "Is There A Way Out?" too.

A Tackhead / Fats Comet retrospective definitely seems like it would make sense.

stirmonster, Friday, 20 November 2020 19:05 (one week ago) link

re What's My Mission Now as i said :

https://www.discogs.com/TackHead-Power-Inc-Volume-1/master/746487

mark e, Friday, 20 November 2020 19:08 (one week ago) link

I've never seen that but then I don't buy CDs. This can't be right -

Tackhead - What's My Mission Now? (Parts 1 & 2) 7:30

Is this meant to be both sides together? Surely it should be longer.

stirmonster, Friday, 20 November 2020 19:18 (one week ago) link

never heard the original 12" so have no idea.
sorry.

mark e, Friday, 20 November 2020 19:20 (one week ago) link

also, as all on-u stans know, KLB is (in)famous for revising the history re Tack>>Head (apparently he owns the whole Tack>>Head thing),
so who knows exactly what the Power Inc compilations contain in relation to the original 12" versions.
however, i care not, as volumes 1 and 2 are brilliant.
the third volume is a live set intermixed with some bizarre voicemails.
most weird, but it works as the live material is insane.

mark e, Friday, 20 November 2020 19:23 (one week ago) link

Fair enough and I hope you get to hear it some day. I think it is maybe my fave Tackhead.

stirmonster, Friday, 20 November 2020 19:24 (one week ago) link

love that version of "Pursuit", very cool, thanks

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Friday, 20 November 2020 19:24 (one week ago) link

What's this one like?

New York Breakdown, Tack>>Head Meets Melle Mel

stirmonster, Friday, 20 November 2020 19:26 (one week ago) link

I may have posted about this before on another On-U thread, but back in 2017 I emailed On-U through their Bandcamp page as follows:

Please - I'm begging you - put together a compilation of all the early Tackhead and Gary Clail 12" singles, B-sides and all.

1. Mind at the End of the Tether
2. Is There a Way Out
3. What's My Mission Now?
4. Now What?
5. Hard Left
6. Hard Left (Instrumental)
7. Reality
8. Life & Dreams
9. Ticking Time Bomb
10. Ticking Time Bomb Dub
11. Body to Burn
12. Half Cut for Confidence
13. Half a Gram a Shout

Thanks!

The response was:

This would be a beautiful thing. Getting all the members to agree is another matter tho - this will happen one day is all I can say at the moment.

cheers

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 20 November 2020 19:33 (one week ago) link

i agree unperson, that would be a thing of perfection.

stirmonster : its a very live sounding cut, so relatively lo-fi for Tack>>Head, but hey ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSldLiiAcik

mark e, Friday, 20 November 2020 19:41 (one week ago) link

not sure why i didn't just look on youtube actually. thanks!

stirmonster, Friday, 20 November 2020 22:56 (one week ago) link

you should also check your email.

mark e, Friday, 20 November 2020 23:36 (one week ago) link


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