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Blue Orchids - The Once & Future Thing
Blue Orchids
The Once & Future Thing
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Tiny Global)
19,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Pop
Having reunited three years ago after being asked to play All Tomorrow’s Parties by their fans in Deerhunter, Blue Orchids are back with their first full-band album since - believe it or not - their 1982 debut album, “The Greatest Hit (Money Mountain)” released by Rough Trade UK, which sold nearly 25,000 copies and led to covers of its songs by Slovenly, Aztec Camera, Fish & Roses, Camper Van Beethoven, The Dustdevils, Crystal Stilts and many others. An incredible eight of its ten songs were covered by well-known bands. Blue Orchids began in 1980 after three former members of The Fall reunited, including The Fall’s founding guitarist Martin Bramah, as well as their first keyboard player, Una Baines. A deal with Rough Trade shortly followed, resulting in two 7” singles, a spot on NME’s C81 cassette compilation of post-punk luminaries, the aforementioned “The Greatest Hit (Money Mountain)” album, and its follow-up 12” EP, “Agents Of Change.” Following Una’s nervous breakdown and a tumultuous two years spent backing up Nico (of Velvet Underground fame), the band went on hold. Despite later line-ups featuring members of Primal Scream, The Smiths, James and other big names, no follow-up albums were issued in their day. Martin was asked to become lead singer of Inspiral Carpets, passed on that, rejoined The Fall for their biggest-selling album, “Extricate,” and retired from music for a few years. “The Once And Future Thing” is already receiving great advance press, and the band will be touring the UK and Europe this autumn, with an American tripped planned for spring of 2017. The vinyl album comes with a download card featuring an extra track, the compact disc includes that extra track, which was omitted from the vinyl due to issues with running time. This album is released in tandem with Martin Bramah’s ‘lost’ solo album, “The Battle Of Twisted Heel” and a compilation of Blue Orchids’ non-album material for Rough Trade, “Awefull,” which rounds up two 7” singles, a 12” EP and some unreleased songs.
Blue Orchids - Awefull
Blue Orchids
Awefull
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Tiny Global)
19,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Pop
No Blue Orchids releases have ever been reissued in vinyl, despite much of their material having been including on CD comps for Playtime, Cherry Red and LTM. This album rectifies that and marks the first time this material has been released in America. Originating from the smouldering ashes of the first line-up of The Fall, guitarist/vocalist Martin Bramah, keyboardist Una Baines and bassist Eric McGann joined forces with a new drummer and second guitarist and quickly signed with Rough Trade. Their goal was to follow The Fall’s original psychedelic vision. Steeped in drugs and mysticism, the band quickly released their debut album, produced by Red Crayola maestro Mayo Thompson and Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis, a session which saw Mayo break down in tears at the end of it due to the band’s intense rendition of both songs! “The Flood” and “Disney Boys” came out as a double a-side and quickly made the indie charts. This was quickly followed up with another session featuring Mayo and Geoff, as well as kid genius Adam Kidron, handling production and engineering. “Work” and “The House That Faded Out” bettered the debut, and in fact “Work” easily remains the band’s most often compiled song, appearing on two dozen officially released various artists collections. Following their debut album, “The Greatest Hit (Money Mountain),” a subtly psychedelic scathing attack on, well, everything, Blue Orchids acted as Nico’s back-up band and recorded a number of songs perhaps originally intended for her. Four of them were released on the “Agents Of Change” 12” EP, which in a rare bit of heavy Rough Trade promotion, came in a colour sleeve with a free full-colour poster and plastic carrier bag! Those tracks are compiled here on vinyl for the first time with two previously unreleased tracks. “The Unknown” comes from around the same time as the “Agents Of Change” EP, and “Sleepy Town” is an early version of a song which was later a well-loved 12” 45 side. Despite promises, Rough Trade US, in a period of chaos and confusion, somehow failed to release any of this material in America. So for the first time ever, Blue Orchids offer an actual domestic release, with cover art by acclaimed artist Leka Mladenovic, whose work with Vic Godard of Subway Sect has been the subject of several gallery exhibitions.
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