Laser Pace - Granfalloon (Takoma - 1974) Wow!

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The Side 2 that's the length of a whole side or the Side 2 that's only one track?

Sparkle Motion, Saturday, 24 November 2007 07:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

The former.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 24 November 2007 07:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

The missing track is "Sky Fell"

Tom D., Saturday, 24 November 2007 12:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

I read about this thread on Ned's blog (which I never read). It's famous now.

Rockist Scientist, Saturday, 24 November 2007 12:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

As I said earlier, I told Keith of about this thread, and now John Christensen says that Keith sent him a contract, which John is passing along to the other Laser Pace alumni. So maybe we'll soon have a nice download of the whole platter, served up piping hot (but meanwhile, *listen* to what Skot and C0L1n have offered and stop whining)

dow, Saturday, 24 November 2007 19:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

WTF...I don't see any whining on this thread.

Rock Hardy, Saturday, 24 November 2007 19:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

It's not whining, dow, just some justifiably honest confusion! We've all heard the music at least and know that this = roxor, so no worries.

Really, like I mentioned in my blog post (thank ya Rockist), more than anything I'm just tickled pink at how neat the Net can be for this kind of thing. From barely known obscurity to prospective reissue with the involvement of the original band in under three weeks.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 24 November 2007 19:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

the whole 8 tracks are on soulseek now anyways

Zeno, Saturday, 24 November 2007 19:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

Been looking for a few days, no luck yet, but they'll show up eventually I'm sure.

Rock Hardy, Saturday, 24 November 2007 20:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

Hi There!

I'd just like to give you all a big thanks. Scott and Dow especially. Although it's too soon to know exactly whether this deal with Anthology will pan out or not, it couldn't have happened without all of you and this thread, and the ripples going out from it. I think I said earlier that there has been a very slow re-analysis of Granfalloon over the last decade, but you ILMers just kicked it over the top. I'll be meeting with Maureen and Doug this week and hopefully you'll see this out legitimately soon. We will owe you a big debt of thanks! Please keep in touch -

John "Chris" Christensen

John Christensen, Sunday, 25 November 2007 01:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

every time i open soulseek, a few people try to download this from me.

jaxon, Sunday, 25 November 2007 03:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

A nice Myspace blog post up from John C. about all this, along with links and discussion about his current work, which y'all should check out too.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 27 November 2007 20:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

this shit is AWESOME

chaki, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 19:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

todays diary entry : a warm fuzzy glow emits from an excellent ILM thread, this reader is rather concerned.

mark e, Wednesday, 28 November 2007 19:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yesterday I went to a transfer lab to get the 1985 masters for the "Adrenaline Drum" album by Hot Food To Go restored and digitize. Doug and Maureen were unable to go with me at the same time, but Doug is going to that facility today with the 30 ips stereo masters of Granfalloon. Moving forward!

John "Chris" Christensen

P.S. I understand that some of you may be music writers; is that true?

John Christensen, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 18:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

It is indeed! And great news to hear! :-D

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 19:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Keith says that Anthology will indeed be re-releasing Granfalloon in '08, whoo-hoo! Asked for your email, Skot, figuring you might wanta write something, so I gave him the addy I had. Cheers ever'bodeh!

dow, Monday, 31 December 2007 20:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

sweet. good work, don.

scott seward, Monday, 31 December 2007 20:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

I missed the confirmation of this! Wonderful news. Thanks dow! You and Skot definitely deserve all the credit here. :-)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 16:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

Couldna done with without Skot;also dig decisive action by Keith and Laser Pace alumni--no shilly-shally there, yo!

dow, Wednesday, 9 January 2008 17:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

Doug Decker called over the weekend suggesting a listen-in for the three of us to the now transferred and re-mastered mixes. We actually couldn't make it happen because I was really down with some sinus infection/flu/food poisoning crappazoid shit! What a drag - but I am feeling better and I'm trying to make it happen this weekend if at all possible.

One of the amazing coincidences (of many) about this thing is that in about ten days it will be time for the NAMM show. A year ago is when we Laser Pace Alumni hooked up at NAMM and spent a very nice time talking about the slow build of interest in Granfalloon. During our chat I made the remark that if we if only had ten more fans we could do a reunion tour. Maureen said for me to go ahead and book it! I knew at the time that she was just kidding, but who knows? I'd certainly be up for it. We're all so much more seasoned now, I think we would kick ass on that material.

Of the re-mastering Doug says, "Big Bottom End, and Contemporarily Compressed." Knowing Doug the way I do I know he means it's gonna sound round and fat, and in-your-face, without sacrificing any of the dynamics of the original. I can't wait to hear the results!

Mr. D. Distorto was always disappointed in the original mastering, even though the engineer was Johnny Golden, one of LA's best. Doug said Johnny was freaking out at all the various sign waves generated by the Buchla, and it caused John to master the levels way too conservatively. This time there will be no surface noise!

Thanks again all! I'll keep you posted on the progress as it happens.

John Christensen, Thursday, 10 January 2008 06:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

if even Johnny Golden was freaked out, imagine lesser lights--might be one big reason there weren't more *records* like this. Yeah, please tour, or at least play out enough for a righteous live album-- and don't forget SXSW!

dow, Thursday, 10 January 2008 22:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'd really LOVE to do Texas!

John Christensen, Saturday, 12 January 2008 17:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I think I'll play the entirety of side 1 during my radio show Psychedelarrythmia on Wednesday morning 9 - noon (GMT -5)
You can listen in at

Maria :D, Sunday, 27 January 2008 03:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

I dunno if I have expressed this to you before, but I am very jealous of your lifestyle.

ian, Sunday, 27 January 2008 04:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

Finally found all the tracks on slsk -- sweet.

Rock Hardy, Sunday, 27 January 2008 04:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

Don't be jealous - I'm pulling an all-nighter translating real estate legalese from Dutch because I'm running a radio station (for no money) and having two small children and not leaving time for paid work... po po me

Maria :D, Sunday, 27 January 2008 05:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

Hey Maria, I'd love to check out that show, since I have never ever heard ANY of our record on the radio-internet or otherwise EVER! But if my math skills are correct, I'd have to be listening at 6 AM my time (West coast) to catch it. Yeow!

John "Chris" Christensen

P.S. There's a very cool new interview about Opus 1, Time of Your Life, and some of my other early "Garage Bands" at

John Christensen, Sunday, 27 January 2008 23:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

So there's an official site now:

And CD Baby is the route they took with the reissue!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 2 May 2008 17:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

Also, plenty of photos:

Ned Raggett, Friday, 2 May 2008 17:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

huh. wonder what happened with anthology. in any case, it's out there and that's a good thing. and those pictures of maureen, be still my heart.

scott seward, Friday, 2 May 2008 17:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

huh. wonder what happened with anthology.

Was wondering that myself! John, if you're still tracking the thread, let us know...

Ned Raggett, Friday, 2 May 2008 17:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

I thought I clicked on that "If you actively dislike Creedence Clearwater Revival, then I can never respect anything you have to say about anything" thread here and for one full minute, I was extremely confused. Time for bed (apparently).

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 2 May 2008 18:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

John just dropped me a line indicating that an Anthology release is still on the cards. The watchword is patience, apparently!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 12 May 2008 16:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

This kicks all manner of ass.

blow it out your bad-taste hole (WmC), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 00:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

we should have a "takoma one-offs and obscurities" thread; so many weird things on that label. i'm partial to joseph byrd's "yankee transcendoodle."

by another name (amateurist), Tuesday, 23 February 2010 00:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

was just listening to this yesterday!

sleeve, Tuesday, 23 February 2010 00:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

that craig moerer has everything, doesn't he?

jaxon, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 02:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

sheesh, vg- :(

i am so tempted to buy a clean copy of "Down Here On Earth" from Craig fuckin' Moerer, but I don't want to give him any of my money.

ian, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 05:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

we should have a "takoma one-offs and obscurities" thread; so many weird things on that label. i'm partial to joseph byrd's "yankee transcendoodle."

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ian, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 05:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

^^ seriously loving this record.

ian, Tuesday, 16 March 2010 06:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

The circle complete! Skot and Maureen O'Connor today, as he just posted on FB:

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 6 October 2012 23:24 (five years ago) Permalink

And with Doug Decker:

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 6 October 2012 23:29 (five years ago) Permalink

they are so awesome. can't believe doug did all that engineering work. if you like those early 70's john fahey takoma records, doug produced/engineered them! lots of takoma stuff. and working for wally heider studios he did all the remote work. he recorded band of gypsies and tons of other stuff. the stones at madison square garden in 1969! seemingly, he went everywhere and recorded everyone.

scott seward, Sunday, 7 October 2012 00:01 (five years ago) Permalink

plus, the hollywood garage rock roots!



scott seward, Sunday, 7 October 2012 00:03 (five years ago) Permalink

did i mention that they recorded a laser pace album in 1975 that was never released?

scott seward, Sunday, 7 October 2012 00:04 (five years ago) Permalink


Ned Raggett, Sunday, 7 October 2012 00:37 (five years ago) Permalink

As suggested more than once upthread, an excellent trans-Takoma thread was later homegrownm, and still ready for the sewing, fertilizing and picking:
Takoma's one-offs and obscurities How'd they come to be in your emporium, Skot? On a Laser Pace mission, I hope.

dow, Sunday, 7 October 2012 01:43 (five years ago) Permalink

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