Chemical Playschool Volumes 3 & 4 -2015 Remaster

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mattyg107 So many great songs and if you've only listened to the 98 version which even compared to this still sounds great we were missing quite a bit. Sadly there were so many abridged pieces and most of premonition 10 left out.. Then there's the stuff you didn't even realize was missing until now, mere minutes of the seminal first version of Tower 1 are tacked back on, it's all complete now... Ego Tripper is restored, along with premonition 10 now up to it's almost 30min time!! A solid reissue/RM Favorite track: Hideous Strength/The Waiting Game/EgoTripper/Malhazka/Curse-The Sequel/She Said.
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Gregg Russell The Chemical Playschool volumes may not be that approachable to newcomers.

I enjoy listening to these early versions and unreleased material as a way to appreciate how much the tracks have changed. Also reminds me of making my own music and fiddling around with sounds and loops, trying to improve my own work.

The Tower is one of my favorite Dots' tracks and its neat to hear a minimalist version of i. Favorite track: Tower 1-version 1.
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RTW Like the seminal mess of the classic CD artwork, this is the magmatic eruption of the Dots' career. This restored expanded version is even better than the World Serpent edition that we've all loved so dearly for so long. I never knew "Premonition 10" was supposed to be so long or exactly how "Ego Tripper" was folded into the mix—until now. This is the first mature work of the early Dots. Favorite track: Expresso Curfew/Surprise Surprise/The Bride Wore Green.
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Exeter I knew the Dots for three years before this release and was pen pals with April, who so very kindly sent me one of the hand made double cassettes of this, which I treasure greatly. Wondering if the remaster will reveal new aspects I haven't heard before. Why wouldn't it ?

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    Just a handful of the ill-fated abridged double cd version which was released late in the 90s by World Serpent. It comes in a jewelcase with magnificent artwork by Babs Santini.When this edition is sold out there will be a special CDR edition of the 2015 remaster .

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  • The entire journey on 4 cdrs in a special edition of just 115 copies .Packed in a custom wallet with full colour artwork and inserts. Each will also boast a UNIQUE ,signed and numbered piece of art from EK or The Silverman in the spirit of that original release back in 1983.Allow a few days for your own personalised package to be created.The cover displayed here is in fact one of the unique artworks in progress- it will be finished shortly.

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The Top 02:13
Grind/Choke 13:42


The Silverman's flat was not the biggest...Often he would dash up into the sanctuary of his tiny attic bedroom (in fact a small square room at the top of the stairs) just to escape the throng milling around below. When the biggest part of Chemical Playschool 3/4 was recorded, that restless throng would be juxtaposing for a handy inch or two as the music room was filled with percussion (courtesy of long term Dots' friend Clive) and a harmonium dating back to Victorian times.
Phil would be playing that beautiful old instrument while EK, Barry , April and Roland would be tapping, bashing and shaking ....often for hours. That ritualistic passage that makes up most of "Premonition 10" is but a fragment....CP 3/4 came out in 1983 and at the time was meant to represent everything The Dots were. Certainly it was the finest of all the cassette albums.
The decision was to make 83 of the the double cassette all housed in handmade collaged covers. Everybody joined in with the cutting, pasting, writing credits with felt-tip pens.It was a noble , if exhausting , exercise. Ultimately that first edition ran to 120 , all sold at the price it cost to make them. Some now sadly live in Ebayland.
Since then there have been further editions, all small runs, and even the abridged double cd edition was cursed as the label went bust shortly after it appeared and then disappeared. It remains a proud chapter in Dots history and this (admittedly flawed ) remaster took the best part of a year to put together.Perfecting the imperfect retaining all those imperfections..


released February 6, 2015

Roland Callaway- Bass, percussion, keyboards, acoustic guitar; April White-piano, synthesisers,voice; The Silverman-Harmonium, synthesisers,percussion; Edward Ka-spel- voice, keyboards,percussion, assembling and editing; Stret Majest Alarme-guitars,percussion; Patrick Q-violin; Sally Graves- flute, voice; Keith Thompson - drums. Bless you all.
Big thank yous to Ray Steeg and Justin Baldonieri for their parts in this reissue. Cover Art for cd by Babs Santini.


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