Really this is one for the die-hards only, but Soleilmoon gave it a wide re-release in the late '90s (titled It's Raining in Heaven) and lots of casual fans ended up with it. It's a strange, weak entry in the canon, featuring live tracks plus minor studio tracks recorded in between major phases of the band (i.e. EK and Silverman on their own, I think). But "Premonition 11" is worth the price of admission.
Favorite track: Only When I Laugh.
Sometimes this remastering project produces a flush of embarassment. History can be unforgiving and it's painful to be presented with your own grotesque mistakes from the past.
The bonus track for this cd was such a lapse of judgement. Why ,oh why, did I take a fine piece like Premonition 11 and EXTEND it with sections from another (later) era of the Dots? In fact the tail end of this piece comes from Maria Dimension sessions. WHAT WAS I THINKING?
No excuses here, I take the blame fully…
Greetings 9 (later reissued as "It's Raining in Heaven") was the ninth episode in a series by the Italian label Materiali Sonori.
The bands and artists that played in their annual festivals in the small Italian village of San Giovanni Valdarno were asked to make an album. Such was the kind atmosphere of the occasion and the gentle nature of the people running the label that we were delighted to accept the invitation.
Live pieces are from a famous performance by the Dots in the Ubu Club in Rennes in 1988.
Shockingly three members of the Dots quit after that long tour, and violin player Patrick left a little later flowing the recording of "The Golden Age".
The Dots were a 2 piece band (EK and The Silverman) for the 3 studio tracks that formed the original side "B" of this album.
The original "Prem 11" was one side of a 7" single / booker (Dsordne were on the flip) issued by Snowdonia in 1987.EK
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