A very brief (30 minute) blast from the past that shows how skilled the Dots were at early tape editing, the first half is better due to the original versions of "God Speed" and "The Blessing." And "Pay to Be Alone" somehow anticipates the Dots' future. Apparently this was mastered too slow on the 2003 BLRR release. Who knew? It seems so obvious now.
Favorite track: Apparition Part 1.
A drastic remaster from early generation cassette was long overdue for "Apparition" as it was one of the Dots' better sounding tapes from the early 80's but somehow under-represented in subsequent reissues.It first appeared in 1982 on Dutch label Ding Dong Disc.
Even so ,the natural ebb and flow of this album betrays tension behind the scenes at Chez Dots. The band fragmented as soon as the tape was finished and matters were not helped by the fact that the Dots' headquarters was most definitely haunted (the story involves a ouija session,a black dog and out of body experiences).
released July 28, 2013
EK, Patrick Q, StretMajest Alarme, Roland Callaway , Keith Thompson,
Sally Graves.Pat Bermingham added the finishing touches.
Jean Jacques Birge is an artist with a history so rich with good music, it's possible to forget that there's life outside this submarine. Hours of deep listening await the curious listener. Legendary Pink Dots