The Stone Age (1980 - 89)

by Legendary Pink Dots

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Tower 1 05:04
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Black Zone 03:05
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Love Puppets 06:56
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Lisa's Party 03:43
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Kitto 01:08
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The Hill 04:18
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Femme Mirage 03:31
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Hotel Noir 06:43
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Cloud Zero 05:47

about

1980. I was living in a flat over a small grocery shop on the major artery which connected London with the East coast. Whenever a large truck thundered past, the whole building would shake as if an earthquake was occurring. It seemed like these tremors occurred around every five minutes, although it was worse at night.
After a visit to the Stonehenge Free Festival I had invested in a Korg MS20 synthesiser, a drum machine with 12 rhythms to choose from which could be speeded up or slowed down with the turn of a pot, a small guitar amplifier and a very cheap microphone.
At the festival I’d witnessed a band at 3am utilising a shrieking synthesiser and a drum machine and I was extremely impressed. Fellow travellers April and Phil felt the same way. Although we were all sleeping in separate tents, the din at the end of the field was so striking , we all found ourselves wandering in the deep night to the tiny stage saturated with white pulsing lights. We WERE the audience. Nobody else came to watch and the 3 members of that mysterious band seemed oblivious to the trio of spectators.
We said nothing to each other as we returned to our respective tents and I’m not alone in wondering if this was a phenomenon known as a “shared dream “. Certainly we all remember the occasion, including the odd fact that the 3 of us never exchanged a single word throughout the whole experience.
Still, this voyage into the Twilight Zone was the trigger for me to try and make music again after a couple of false starts in my school days. Happily April and Phil wanted to join me and Mick swiftly turned the fledgling Dots into a quartet.
This collection represents a sketch of our first 10 years . Back then, a year felt like a lifetime with so many events and emotions packed into it. I guess that hasn’t changed.
This collection is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Marylou who was so much a part of those first 10 years.EK

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released August 1, 2020

Tracks 1 & 18 from "The Lovers"; tracks 2-5 from "The Tower";tracks 6-9 from "Curse" ; track 10 from "Brighter Now"; tracks 11-12 from "Faces In The Fire";tracks 13-15 from "Asylum"; tracks 16-17 from "Island Of Jewels"; tracks 19-21 from "The Golden Age" tracks 22-24 from "Any Day Now"

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