Sunday, 7 February 2021

Spacemen 3 - Vol 1.1 1984-1985


Self made compilation 2021

01 T.V. Eye [1984 Rehearsal]
02 Blow My Top/Funhouse [1984 Rehearsal]
03 By The River [1984 Rehearsal]
04 Things'll Never Be The Same [1984 Demo]
05 2.35 [1984 Demo]
06 Walkin' With Jesus [1984 Demo]
07 Fixin' To Die  [1984 Demo]
08 T.V. Catastrophe [1984 Demo]
09 Things'll Never Be The Same [1984 Demo - Alternate Mix]
10 Walkin' With Jesus [1984 Demo - Alternate Mix]
11 These Things Have Got To Be [Rehearsal 02-08-85]
12 Mary-Anne [Rehearsal 02-08-85]
13 Things'll Never Be The Same [Rehearsal 02-08-85]
14 Hey Man [Live at the Mercia Park Leisure Center, Coventry, 11/85]
15 Things'll Never Be The Same [Live at the Mercia Park Leisure Center, Coventry, 11/85]

Throughout the second half of 2020, I was compiling information on Spacemen 3 records and releases via a request on an S3 fan group / forum. Their discography is such a nightmare and the list was exhausting to make. Now it's done, it has informed a set of compilations; essentially, tracks that do not appear on the original four albums or the original run of singles and E.P.'s, assembled chronologically.

This includes all tracks that appeared on miscellaneous releases and various artist compilations during their lifetime, as well as tracks that have appeared on the many posthumous albums.

I'll be posting these volume compilations as I complete them.

If you're a fan, you'll enjoy.

Tracks 1-3, 14-15 released on 'How The Blues Should've Turned Out' (Sonic Boom self released 2005).

Tracks 4-10 self made 1984 demo tape. Later released as 'For All The Fucked Up Children In The World We Give You Spacemen 3' (Sympathy for the Record Industry 1995).

Tracks 11-13 released on the bootleg 'Out of it Sessions'.

Saturday, 6 February 2021

The Electric Prunes - Release Of An Oath


Reprise Records 1968

01 Kol Nidre
02 Holy Are You
03 General Confessional
04 Individual Confessional
05 Our Father, Our King
06 The Adoration
07 Closing Hymn

The forth and final Electric Prunes album and this time it really is in name only. David Axelrod once again composed the music here, making it very much a follow up to 'Mass in F Minor'. However, the original Prunes were ousted in favour of  Colorado group Climax and even they didn't get to play much on the final album.

Session musicians were once again brought in to realise Axelrod's vision. Not sounding to dissimilar to it's predecessor, its another L.P. of religious chanting psyche, including all time classic 'Holy Are You'.

Brocken Spectre - Live Bootleg Cassette


TOR078. Released January 2021.

01 Drive-by Election
02 Beyond Nostalgia
03 Corkscrew
04 Stockholm Cancelled
05 We Vs. The Bastards
06 Art Defacer
07 Out Of Range
08 Unwound
09 UYA
10 Terror
11 Feature Length
12 Downtown Abstractions
13 Moscow
14 I Am Your Fuel
15 Colour Fucker
16 Ended Here
17 Fireworks Thrower

When Brocken Spectre reformed in April 2017 with Steve Orchiton on drums, we began rehearsing for live gigs immediately. In its previous incarnation, the band had only rehearsed to record, not once venturing out to play in front of a crowd.

We made our live debut a few months later, at a party for my birthday. Shortly after this, we were offered our first gig in front of a paying audience. Those first few gigs were nerve wracking affairs; getting used to a crowd, the variable on stage sound and the obligatory stage fright.

By mid 2018, we had several live performances under our collective belt and we received more offers on a regular basis, including festival appearances.

Our sound had really begun to develop too, songs with psychedelic touches or with melody at the forefront were swapped out for newer material featuring the live sound we now had; a band driven, violent, brutal sound. All members were contributing to the compositions and the dynamics and it was this sound that became our identity.

We enjoyed playing live and we were surprised to find how comfortable we had became on stage. It now felt like the natural home for the band.

We played our final gig (to date) on the 7th of December 2019, before the pandemic quashed our plans for more festival appearances and the offer of gigs around the country.

During the various lockdown periods of 2020, we managed a few rehearsals and even recorded a single ('Interference Overhead/Fireworks Thrower', which can be found here). However, we look forward to a time when we can play live again.

The concept behind this release was a stop gap until live music can resume again. It also provides a home to songs that have went unrecorded and other songs that rarely got an outing. It documents a period of the band that we all got a lot out of and hopefully gets across some of our visceral live sound. 

The material was recorded on a variety of devices and is of a distinctly lo-fi quality, this is reflected in the artwork, which is a homage to the live bootlegs so loved by myself and Marc. We would purchase bootlegs of our favourite artists from record fairs, markets and from the back pages of music publications. - Ste.

The line up for this album was Stephen Benson (Guitars, Vocals), Marc Gillen (Vocals, Guitars), Steve Orchiton (Drums) and Jill Wallace (Bass). The locations for the recordings were; The Brickyard, The Source, Warwick Bazaar, Fell Bar Penrith, Fell Bar Kendal, Solfest, Wild on the Wall Festival, Kendal Calling and The Fisher Street Festival.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Osorezan


Victor 1976

01 Osorezan
02 Doh No Kembai

Two sides of far out avant garde sounds from Japan. Taking in jazz, funk, musique concrète, folk art and more. Terrifying in places.

Geinoh Yamashirogumi were a massive collective of artists, musicians and non musicians and this was the debut release.

Gabor Szabo - Dreams


Skye Records 1968

01 Galatea's Guitar
02 Half the Day is Night
03 Song of the Injured Love
04 The Fortune Teller
05 Fire Dance
06 The Lady in the Moon (From Kodaly)
07 Ferris Wheel

Gabor Szabo was a Hungarian guitarist with a prolific output. This L.P. from 1968 mixes his native Eastern European guitar music with jazz and some awesome drumming. Also has a Donovan cover as an extra bonus.

R.E.M. - Chronic Town (Expanded)


Originally released on I.R.S. Records 1982 (Fan made expansion 2020)

01 Wolves, Lower
02 Gardening at Night
03 Carnival of Sorts (Boxcars)
04 1,000,000
05 Stumble
06 Wolves, Lower (Fast Version)
07 Gardening at Night (Acoustic Version)
08 1,000,000 (Demo)
09 Stumble (Demo)
10 Wolves, Lower (Demo)
11 Carnival of Sorts (Demo)
12 Catapult (Demo)
13 Romance (Demo)
14 Just a Touch  (Demo)

Disappointingly, the debut E.P. by R.E.M. wasn't included in the re-issues of the bands back catalogue. A shame; it is one of their finest releases and has the same mysterious sound as their other early releases.

The tracks can be found on the b-sides and rarities compilation 'Dead Letter Office', but other than that you will need an original 12" to hear these tracks.

I've expanded it by including some outtakes and demos.

Monday, 21 December 2020

Spectrum - 1991-1995


Self Made Compilation 2020.

01 (I Love You) To the Moon and Back
02 Capo Waltz (Live)
03 Don't Go (Instrumental 1)
04 My Life Spins Round Your Every Smile
05 Don't Go (Instrumental 2)
06 True Love Will Find You in the End (Radio Mix)
07 To the Moon and Back (Remix)
08 Waves Wash Over Me (Remix)
09 My Life Spins Round Your Every Smile (Remix)
10 True Love Will Find You in the End (Extended Mix)
11 Taste the Ozone / 2 Chord 12 Bar
12 Don't Go (Vocal Version)
13 Drunk Suite / QuickSilver Glide Divine (Vocal Version)
14 Santa Claus
15 Indian Summer
16 Baby Don't You Worry (California Lullaby)
17 It's Alright
18 True Love Will Find You in the End (Guitar Version)
19 Thru the Rhythm
20 California Lullaby (Alternate Mix)

A compilation of Spectrum material released between 1991 - 1995.

(I Love You) To the Moon and Back
Capo Waltz (Live)

    - 7" single, Silvertone Records 1991.

Don't Go (Instrumental 1)
My Life Spins Round Your Every Smile
Don't Go (Instrumental 2)

    - 'How You Satisfy Me' single, Silvertone 1992.

True Love Will Find You in the End (Radio Mix)
To the Moon and Back (Remix)
Waves Wash Over Me (Remix)
My Life Spins Round Your Every Smile (Remix)

     - 'True Love Will Find You in the End' single, Silvertone 1992.

True Love Will Find You in the End (Extended Mix)

    - 'True Love Will Find You in the End' 12" single, Silvertone 1992.

Taste the Ozone / 2 Chord 12 Bar
Don't Go (Vocal Version)
Drunk Suite / QuickSilver Glide Divine (Vocal Version)

    - 'True Love Will Find You in the End' 7" single, Sympathy For The Record Industry 1992.

Santa Claus

    - 'Super Sympathy Spectrum Stocking' split 7" single with The Field Trip, Sympathy For The Record Industry 1992.

Indian Summer
Baby Don't You Worry (California Lullaby)
It's Alright
True Love Will Find You in the End (Guitar Version)

    - 'Indian Summer' EP, Silvertone 1993.

Thru the Rhythm
California Lullaby (Alternate Mix)

    - 'California Lullaby' 10" EP, Sympathy For The Record Industry 1994.