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The Residents – The Beatles Play the Residents & the Residents Play the Beatles

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7″, Ralph, 1977

Nice early mop top sample mash-up (just a few short decades before The Grey Album, et al) from the Third Reich’n’Roll funsters. Limited edition of 500 – what’s your number, chum?

a. Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life (3:56)
b. Flying (3:22)

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The Scam – Scam vol 2

12″, Scam, 1988-ish

Cut-up hip-hop from London DJ Richie Rich, very much in the vein of early Coldcut – right down to running “King of the Swingers” over the “Funky Drummer” break as the latter do on “Say Kids!”… but which came first. A fun anonymous white label, circa 1988. this is perhaps more of a historical artefact these days than anything else.

A. Bass (5:17)
B. Rebel Groove (5:00)

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Terry Edwards – Plays Salutes & Executes

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CD, Stim, 1993

So, we were talking late into the night about our favourite cover versions… and we had a delighted sudden remembrance of the three singular EPs released by British trumpeter and sometime Gallon Drunk guy Terry Edwards in the early 90s sent us scurrying to the racks. Oh happy rediscovery. This collection has all three plus a trio of punk covers. Debate continues to bat back and forth on whether the Mary Chain feedback recreations or the ska-ed up Fall songs are the cream of the crop, but all good, all good. You may also care to check his 1992 Peel session, which saw his motley band play a medley of Napalm Death tunes.

Plays the Music of Jim & William Reid (1991)
01. Never Understand (3:07)
02. Everything’s Alright When You’re Down (2:36)
03. The Hardest Walk (2:24)
04. Break Me Down (2:31)

Salutes the Magic of the Fall (1991)
05. Totally Wired (3:56)
06. Bingomaster’s Breakout (2:48)
07. The Dice Man (1:52)
08. Container Drivers (6:47)

Executes Miles Davis Numbers (1992)
09. Eighty-One (1:24)
10. Four (1:50)
11. Seven Steps to Heaven (1:59)
12. Half Nelson (1:07)

Extra Tracks
13. Version City (3:23)
14. New Rose (2:52)
15. Bodies (2:26)

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Brian Patten & Friends – Vanishing Trick

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LP, Tangent, 1976

Ostensibly a limited-appeal record, of the Liverpool poet reading his often wry and poignant verse over an occasional musical backing… turns out to be a veritable who’s who of the great and good of the 1970s UK folk scene. Check out those accomplices: Richard & Linda Thompson, Norma Winston, Mike Westbrooke, Neil Innes, and many more.

And it’s all on Tangent, one of our favourite collectible labels of the time. Very tasty. Now, if anyone also has Patten’s 1969 record on Caedmon, Brian Patten Reading his Poetry, lying around…

SIDE ONE
01. Sometimes it Happens
02. Embroidered Butterflies
03. A Creature to Tell the Time By
04. The Wrong Poem
05. After Frost
06. You Missed the Sunflowers at Their Height
07. Seascape
08. Somewhere Between Heaven & Woolworth’s

SIDE TWO
01. Selections from Vanishing Trick
(Love Poem; On Time for Once; You Have Gone to Sleep; Vanishing Trick; Dressed; A Blade of Grass; One Reason for Sympathy; Song About Home; Assassination of the Morning; Suitcase Full of Dust; Simple Lyric; No Taxis are Available; Reading Between the Graffiti; A Drop of Unclouded Blood; I Tried to Find my Voice; One Another’s Night)

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Suns of Arqa Meet Sprout Head Uprising – White Band Speak With Forked Tongue

Tape, Bop Cassettes, 1989-ish

Manchester’s kings of esoteric dub, Suns of Arqa, have long been a secret pleasure for many, with their mash-ups of reggae, folk, soul, Indian, African and dance music, both live and on record. Centred on main man Michael Wadada, their ranks have from time to time included members of Simply Red and The Mothmen, occasional work with Adrian Sherwood and other On-U Sound types, and with guest vocals from Prince Far I, John Cooper Clarke and the legendaribold Britishlyfied nutterfolderoll Stanley Unwin.

Here's an obscure corner of their chunky back catalogue, a selection of covers and originals, and two remix competition winners, from the short but lovely Bop Cassettes list. Check out that Discogs link for fuller details of those who contributed.

01. Open the Door to Your Heart
02. A Lot of Love
03. Heavenly Bodies
04. Meet de Boys on the Battlefront
05. No Sad Song
06. Competition Drum Mix
07. Competition Bass & Drum Mix
08. Pressure Drop
09. Champs Elysees
10. Conscious Man/Turn Me Loose
11. Heavenly Bodies (Adrian Sherwood Mix)
12. Rough Rider
13. Electric Animal

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Acen – Close Your Eyes / Trip II the Moon

The lights circle the heaving dancefloor like swooping angels. The crowd flail wildly as the bassline drops deep, a physical pummeling in your stomach and lower. The snares skitter from both sides, now forward, now back. Synth lines buzz and screech, sending spiralling trails of synaesthetic colour across your E-addled vision. It’s rising, coalescing, everything coming together in a thunderous wall of sound that threatens like a stormfront to break, to break, to… “Here comes the sun… here comes the sun…” sings George Harrison as all the golden scans come on at once, every hand in the place shoots skywards and the top of everyone’s head lifts clean off, in response to the most glorious E-friendly sample drop of all time.

Welcome Acen, aka Syed Razvi, producer of legendary early hardcore classics “Close Your Eyes” and the epic three volumes of “Trip II the Moon”. You’ll find a few of these sides on compilations, and a couple (without that joyous Beatles sample on “Optikonfusion”, unsurprisingly) made it onto the disappointing album 75 Minutes. If you want it, seven mixes of “Window in the Sky” and all, you’ll find it turns up online from time to time. What follows, though, are the real shit.

All are new 320 rips from original twelves; any crackles are merely authentic souvenirs of a wild, wild time.

Close Your Eyes, 12″, Production House PNT034, 1991

a. Close Your Eyes (XXX Mix)
b. Close Your Eyes (Vitamin E Mix)

Close Your Eyes Remixes, 12″, Production House PNT034R, 1991

a. Close Your Eyes (Optikonfusion!)
b. Close Your Eyes (The Sequel)

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Trip II the Moon pt1, 12″, Production House PNT042, 1992

a. Trip II the Moon
b. Obsessed

Trip II the Moon pt2, 12″, Production House PNT042R, 1992

a. Trip II the Moon (The Darkside)
b. The Life and Crimes of a Ruffneck

Trip II the Moon – Kaleidoscopiklimax, 12″, Production House PNT042RX, 1992

a. Trip II the Moon (Kaleidoscopiklimax)
b. Obsessed II (Pictures of Silence)

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Various – Movement, Mime & Music

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LP, BBC Records, 1969

Music and Sounds for music and movement from the BBC Movement, Mime and Music Series for Schools.

More Radiophonic goodness – and more – from the BBC’s fabulous world of music and movement, all produced once more by Vera Gray. In truth, with a fair amount of diligence, you could assemble most of the tracks on side two yourself, picking from the various current BBC Radiophonic Workshop, John Baker and Delia Derbyshire reissues. So why rip this for you? Simply, so you get the pleasure of trying this for yourself. Go on, clear a space in your yard or den, kick off your boots and let the music create sound pictures in your head. Rediscover, or find for the first time, the sheer visceral thrill of pretending to be a tree in a tornado, a little fish in a stream, a seed eaten and then crapped out by a common garden bird… oh sorry, that was what got us excluded back in our schooldays…

Also check that cover design (by Roy Curtis-Bramwell) – rather surprised Stereolab haven’t nicked it for an album yet.

SIDE ONE
All composed by Alan Paul.
Band 1: Trombone & piano (3 parts)
Band 2: Flute & piano (4 parts)
Band 3: Violin & piano (4 parts)
Band 4: Xylophone & piano / Violin, woodblock & piano (2 parts)
Band 5: The jig, played by separate instruments and then all together (6 parts)
Band 6: Duo for piccolo & oboe
Band 7: The two clowns – flute & bassoon
Band 8: Clarinet
Band 9: Fugue for five woodwind instruments

SIDE TWO
Bands 1-4—Useful Sound Effects to add colour
1. Fire engine, siren & flames / Jet aeroplane / Diesel train
2. Ship’s forghorn at sea / Strong wind / Thunderstorm with rain
3. Fireworks, with rockets / Machinery / Chiming bells
4. Jungle sounds / Fairground music / Dawn chorus

Bands 5-14—Radiophonic Music – useful for movement
5. David Cain – Radio Nottingham
6. Delia Derbyshire – Mattachin
7. John Baker – The Missing Jewel
8. John Baker – Fresh Start
9. John Baker – Milky Way
10. John Baker – Structures
11. John Baker – New World
12. John Baker – Festival Time
13. John Baker – The Chase
14. Delia Derbyshire – Towards Tomorrow

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Revolutions Per Minute (The Art Record)

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2xLP, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc/The Charing Hill Company, 1982

Ah, art. What would we do without it, pop kids? And hey, you know, some of those real-life, full-time artistic types, they can rock out too. Why look, here’s a double album full of their grrrrreatest bits.

A scarce double disc of the great and the good from the early 1980s NYC art scene, this is a very mixed bag of sound pieces, spoken word and, well, some songs. But there are some gems here too, so this isn’t just notable for its rarity. The Bill Burroughs piece has his voice slowly set out of phase like an early Steve Reich piece. And the Terry Fox excerpt, from recordings made from a show where he wired very lengthy steel springs from the altar to the doors of an Italian church and then plucked them like the world’s largest guitar, basking in the gloriously cavernous reverb, is pretty damn special. There’s more of Fox’s wire music on his album Ataraxia.

This was released in a limited run, in a gatefold covered in notes, plus a couple of large fold-out posters with further sleevenotes and alternative cover designs. There was also a 500-copy run with prints from some of the contributors as a collector’s item. We ain’t got that one.

01. Jud Fine – Polynesian/Polyhedron (3:12)
02. Eleanor Antin – Antinova Remembers (4:12)
03. Terry Fox – Internal Sound (4:21)
04. Margaret Harrison – First Lines (2:46)
05. Les Levine – Would Not Say No to Some Help (4:10)
06. Hannah Wilke – Stand Up (3:21)
07. Douglas Davis – How to Make Love to a Sound (4:21)
08. Vitaly Komar & Alexander Melamid – Russian Language Lesson (3:21)
09. Helen & Newton Harrison – Extract from The Second Lagoon: A Memoriam to John Isaacs (2:29)
10. Vincenzo Agnetti – Pieces of Sound (4:30)
11. Chris Burden – The Atomic Alphabet (0:31)
12. Piotr Kowalski & William Burroughs – You Only Call the Old Doctor Once (4:45)
13. Ida Applebroog – Really, is That a Fact? (3:09)
14. Edwin Schlossberg – Vibrations/Metaphors (4:52)
15. SITE – Comments on SITE (2:46)
16. R Buckminster Fuller – Critical Path (2:52)
17. Thomas Shannon – Smashing Beauty (4:02)
18. Conrad Atkinson – The Louis XIV Deterrent (5:20)
19. David Smyth – Typewriter in D (3:35)
20. Todd Siler – Think Twice (3:17)
21. Joseph Beuys – Excerpt from Cooper Union Dialogue (4:07)

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Daphne Oram – Electronic Sound Patterns

Listen, Move and Dance No 3 7″, His Master’s Voice, 1962 (also compiled on Listen, Move and Dance Nos 1-3, lp, EMI, 1962)

Clinging fervently to the hand of the Radiophonic Workshop collection, here’s something comparable from the echoing, dimly-remembered world of British education in the late 1960s: music and movement. Namely, the teacher would spin these sounds on the wheels of steel, and all the six year-olds in their singlets and shorts would spin round and round on the polished parquet flooring of the assembly hall, pretending to be the concept of winter, a tree in a thunderstorm, or a lemming in a blender, until it was time for mid-morning milk and accompanying weak vomiting. And people wonder where the Aphex Twin got his inspiration…

From the sleevenotes: “Teachers seeking original material have found this new approach exciting and stimulating in their creative work for music, movement and drama. The Sound patterns are intended for children to enjoy and may lead them into movement of dance-like character, or involve them in imaginative situations. People who are interested in sound production may like to know that these sound patterns were created by Daphne Oram at her Electronic Studio in Kent. By using audio generators, many tape recorders, filters, ring modulators and other electronic devices she built up the tone colours, pitched each of the notes separately, gave them duration and dynamics and finally spliced the notes together to obtain the required rhythms and sequences.”

There have been a couple of great collections of Oram’s work in the radiophonics world released in recent years. Judging by the cover of that she looked more like a woman who write to the BBC about falling moral standards than a fearless sonic pioneer in musical outer space. This one has, as far as we know, not been officially reissued in any form. BTW, side two is ripped as one track.

A1. Melodic Group Shapes 1 (1:20)
A2. Melodic Group Shapes 2 (0:37)
A3. Three Single Sounds Taken in Canon (1:52)
A4. Rhythmic Variation 1 (0:52)
A5. Rhythmic Variation 2 (0:41)
B1. Ascending And Descending Sequences 1 (0:36)
B2. Ascending And Descending Sequences 2 (0:33)
B3. Ascending And Descending Sequences 3 (1:54)
B4. Ascending And Descending Sequences 4 (0:45)
B5. Ascending And Descending Sequences 5 (0:46)
B6. Ascending And Descending Sequences 6 (0:30)

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Techno! – the New Dance Sound of Detroit / Techno 2 – the Next Generation

The word “techno” had been used in the title of several electro-pop dance records before this – even as far back as a Yellow Magic Orchestra album in 1981. Man Parrish had their electro “Techno Trax” in 1982, and of course Juan Atkins’ “Techno City” was in 1984, at a point where electro and hip-hop were creating sleek new sounds. It always seems to take a gathering together of disparate forms, though, to start to properly coalesce a scene. Regardless of where the term came from, this landmark compilation (and its darker follow-up) put the term front and centre as the sound of Detroit, and from there the world. It could so easily have been so different – the story goes that the first volume was all set to be called “The New House Sound of Detroit”, but when Juan Atkins turned up with his “Techno Music” track the title was assured.

A couple of years later, the follow-up disc showed the spread of the sound into harsher, sparer, more hypnotic tracks. Highlight for the Friendsound crew has always been the kooky 4AD samplefest of “Stark”, sole release by KGB (Tim Brown). Sample-spotters hold onto your hats for “A Lambkin is Bleating” from Les Mysteres des Voix Bulgares and the piano riff from “Blue Bell Knoll” by the Cocteau Twins. Classic albums both, ripped warmly from living vinyl.

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Techno! – the New Dance Sound of Detroit, LP/CD, Ten, 1988

A1. Rythim Is Rythim – It Is What It Is (5:36)
A2. Blake Baxter – Forever and a Day (5:36)
A3. Eddie “Flashin” Fowkes – Time to Express (5:41)
A4. K.S. Experience – Electronic Dance (6:36)
B1. Members of the House – Share This House (Radio mix) (5:56)
B2. A Tongue & D Groove – Feel Surreal (6:55)
B3. Mia Hesterley – Spark (6:09)
B4. Juan – Techno Music (7:20)
C1. Inner City – Big Fun (7:39)
C2. Blake Baxter – Ride ‘Em Boy (7:02)
C3. Shakir – Sequence 10 (5:20)
C4. Idol Making – Un, Deux, Trois (6:05)
D. Various – Detroit is Jacking (The Techno! Megamix) (13:49)
(mix by Juan Atkins & Derek May; lp version only)

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Techno 2 – the Next Generation, LP/CD, Ten, 1990

A1. Area 10 – Love Take Me Over (7:09)
A2. Reel By Real – Aftermath (5:17)
A3. KGB – Stark (6:36)
A4. MK – Mirror, Mirror (6:27)
B1. Octave One featuring Lisa Newberry – I Believe (5:56)
B2. Infiniti – Techno Por Favor (5:14)
B3. Psyche – Elements (6:52)
B4. Vice – Ritual (5:48)

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