(Chrysalis Records, CHR 1207, 1978)
Cleveland, Ohio, band Pere Ubu coined the term avant-garage to describe their raw, avant-garde sound. But, what initially was a joke on music journalists, actually turned out to be a pretty appropriate description. Punk, but not punk; new wave, but not new wave; garage rock, but not garage rock; industrial, but not industrial; Pere Ubu took all these styles and twisted them into a unique, arty, dissonant sound of decay with an emphasis on paranoia, angst-filled, dark lyrics.
Released in 1978, Dub Housing… Continue
Oh, the ’70s.
Yeah, much of the later-decade disco was pretty deplorable, but early disco could be quite soulful.
George McCrae was such an artist.
Hailing from West Palm Beach, Florida, McCrae’s first group was the Jivin’ Jets in the early ’60s. The group ceased to exist in 1963 when he joined the Navy, but upon his return to civilian life, he reformed the band with the addition of his wife, Gwen. Eventually the two became a duo act, recording for Henry Stone’s Alston label. As time went on, Gwen … Continue
It’s time for another installment of local and regional gems in the bins at Lost & Found Records.
The White Animals
(Dread Beat, 1981)
Indie before “indie” was a thing, Nashville band The White Animals debut EP, Nashville Babylon, found early success on college radio. The record consists of six tracks, two of which are covers: the Yardbirds “For Your Love,” and The Nashville Teens’ “Tobacco Road.” The remaining songs are fine examples of early southern new wave pop and rock & roll.
(Warner, BSK 3103, January 27, 1970)
On the heels of his commercially unsuccessful second record, Astral Weeks, Northern Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison apparently decided that being too artsy was not for him. This episode of InStore at Lost & Found Records is Morrison’s third, and highly successful, release, Moondance.
Already known for his classic tune “Gloria” (with Them) and his first solo mega-hit, “Brown Eyed Girl,” Morrison’s Astral Weeks was an abstract folky/jazzy concept album that likely flew over the heads of the music-buying public upon it’s … Continue
In the Court of the Crimson King
(Atlantic SD 19155, US)
Born in England, and embraced world wide in the 1970s, progressive rock eschewed the bluesy elements of then current rock & roll music and rejected popular song structure of verse-chorus, etc., to form a new genre influenced by psychedelic rock, but more focused on experimenting with complex song structure, i.e. “parts,” and active technological engagement. This installment of InStore at Lost & Found Records features King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King.
Conceived in London in … Continue
(Lilith LR138, 2007 reissue)
American blues legend Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for guitar prowess, but a similar and much older version of the story can be found in the German legend of a man named Faust who also sold his soul to the devil in exchange for unlimited knowledge. In this episode of InStore at Lost & Found Records we feature a self-titled, debut, reissue from a German band who took the name of the legendary Faust to signify their rejection of what … Continue