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SPECTRUM LIVE DATES - 2014
Tue 3rd June. The Music Café, Leicester, UK. (TICKETS)
Wed 4th June. Electrowekrz, London, UK. (TICKETS)
Thurs 5th June. Magasin 4, Brussels, Belgium w/ Wooden Shjips (TICKETS)
In depth interview with Sonic - Soul Kiss (Glide Divine), Spectrum's timeless masterpiece dismantled.
Read it here
April 2014 News imminent....
New Atlantis Summer 2012 News
Here's some upcoming outgoing things you might enjoy.
First up are the new digital singles and videos by Brooklyn girl group TEEN. Taken from their debut release 'In Limbo' on Car Park records, which was out on 28 August. Recorded and mixed over the last 12 months by Sonic Boom and TEEN, the LP is already garnering high praise for the bands sublime vocals and tribal attitudes.
Lookee here for the bands super cool mix tape plus (you'll see what the plus is when u check it out)
Also their first two video singles
The album is available on vinyl, plus the other usual formats...
Hot on its heels, recorded and mixed by Nick Kramer & Sonic Boom at MGMT's Blanker Unsinn studio is the new video , single and Lp from New York state country boy CHEVAL SOMBRE on Sonic cathedral records, due for release 5 November.
The record features Sonic accompanying Cheval Sombre on the 11 tracks along with members of MGMT, Dean Wareham, Britta Phillips and other guests also round out a classic follow up to his eponymous first Lp.
Check out his new video for the recently released single Couldn't Do: http://vimeo.com/41831203
On the 7" vinyl front, look out for the super limited Sun Araw / Spacemen 3 disc on split coloured vinyl and op art sleeve. Unreleased tracks include the rare vocal version of 'That's just fine' and the unreleased Sun Araw jam 'I'm gonna cross that river of Jordan'.
Also check out Sun Araws Inner Treaty Lp on Drag City records.
Mastered by Sonic Boom at New Atlantis , you can check out a slice at the SA HQ here
New Atlantis Summer 2011 News
Just a quick heads up regarding what's going on this summer / fall in the general sphere round about here ....
A couple of new releases of some eminent bits & blobs Those wanting the latest & greatest in space dub can find SUN ARAW's Ancient Romans double lp on marble white vinyl and with a beautiful colour insert booklet, and accompanying CD via Drag City -cat:- SUN ARK records 012. Mastered by Sonic Boom.
Red Crayola Sonic Boom remasters
Also just on release and re-mastered by sonic boom are the long awaited Charly records releases from the legendary Texas uber-psyche pioneers The RED CRAYOLA.
2 CD releases - one featuring both the STEREO and the MONO mixes of the legendary The Parable of Arable Land lp plus the rare 'Epitaph for a legend' demos (including the Transparent Radiation version covered by Spacemen 3) and the unrecognised and unrecognised visionary 2nd lp - God Bless The Red Crayola And All Who Sail With Her. Mastered properly & sympathetically for the first time, and replacing previous re-pressing from poor vinyl copies, 'God Bless' reveals itself to be one of the most important records of its decade & time.
Peter Zinovieff 3 CD set
Also on that visionary note comes the long awaited 3 cd set from EMS synthi pioneer Peter Zinovieff. Zinovieff's work - previously unreleased and unknown outside a hipster cognoscenti since the works inception in the early 60s - remains a long lost key-stone in the history of electronic and computer music and composition. His pioneering work in the field, both solo and collaborative with the likes of Delia Derbyshire, Alan Sutcliffe (author of the 'Like..' programme used as a banner on the Sonic Boom site), Hans Werner Henze & Sir Harrison Birtwistle are collected here for the first time and reveal why both the Beatles, Stockhausen and Pink Floyd were at the front of the queue to buy his products and engage his verve.
Including a 60+ page booklet, Peter Zinovieff - Electronic Calendar should be with us from Space Age recordings around December.
Panda Bear + Sonic Boom
Also due for release round December is the 4 LP box of Panda Bear's Tomboy lp.
The Special edition, strictly limited to 5000 copies and released on Animal Collective's Paw Tracks imprint , features 4 vinyl discs with duplicate digital download.
The expanded set features expanded 16 page booklet and packaging by nyc artist & former Panda Bear musical collaborator Scott Mou , leads in with hi-fi mixes of all of the Tomboy songs spread across two 33 rpm 12". The new version also feature a bonus 12th track - The Preakness - an out-take from the LP sessions mixed by sonic boom for the set.
LP 3 of the set ,features Panda Bear's original (and now rare) single mixes as well as his unheard demo mixes of the non single Tomboy songs - leaving LP 4 to round out the whole kaboodle with five each of instrumentral and acapella mixes from the LP.
LP 1 TOMBOY +A/B
01. You Can Count on Me
03. Slow Motion
04. Surfer's Hymn
05. Last Night at the Jetty
LP 2 TOMBOY+C/D
01. The Preakness
02. Alsatian Darn
04. Friendship Bracelet
LP 3 (Single Mixes)
03. Last Night at the Jetty
04. Surfer's Hymn
07. Slow Motion
08. Friendship Bracelet
09. Alsatian Darn
11. You Can Count on Me
01. Alsatian Darn (Instrumental)
02. Slow Motion (Instrumental)
03. Friendship Bracelet (Instrumental)
04. Drone (Instrumental)
05. Last Night at the Jetty (Instrumental)
06. You Can Count on Me (A Cappella)
07. Alsatian Darn (A Cappella)
08. Slow Motion (A Cappella)
09. Afterburner (A Cappella)
10. Drone (A Cappella)
Panda Bear show-wise - shows are now listed above. Tickets via usual sources. check local blah blah blah.
It's now confirmed that PB & SB will be doing the TOMBOY plus show at Philly -Popped festival on 23rd of Sept and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on 25th of Sept.
There are a few of the 18" x 12" card posters (see last post below) left from the first PB/SB/TB show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. If anyone wants one send email to sam at firstname.lastname@example.org. ($15 usa ,$20 R.O.W inc post)
Other stuff :
- other than Panda Bear shows it's mostly studio projects planned for the remainder of 2011.
- Recording/production work with New York girl-group TEEN , moving New Atlantis Studio and other pending production work.
- Spectrum may play one off festival shows but the plan is to tour again next year after the release of a new disc.
July 2011: Panda Bear & Sonic Boom
Here's the posters for the Panda Bear show in NY on 3rd July
The posters on sale will be date stamped & numbered (there's 100) and available at the show .
the plan is to do successive evolving/devolving versions for pop com, hollywood bowl & beyondsville
these first ones are 12 x 18 inches.
knot to be sneezed at
March 2010: Record Store Day releases
Just a quick news flash regarding record store day etc. There\'s a whole host of Sonic Boom related releases upcoming.
On record store day you can hope to find the following related releases mixed/remixed/mastered by Sonic boom, in a great whoosh of coloured vinyl.
PANDA BEAR - TOMBOY L.P. clear vinyl with ltd T-shirt (some territories) and free d/load of Live show. (regular white vinyl copies & cd may be available just before RSD)
MOON DUO - SCARS b/w FALLOUT 7" remix. These trax are also included as bonus discs on the Sousterrain Subterranean & Rought Trade labels.
13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS - MAY THE CIRCLE REMAIN UNBROKEN remix b/w WAIT FOR MY LOVE green vinyl 7"
THE RED CRAYOLA - HURRICANE FIGHTER PLANE remix b/w PINK STAINLESS TAIL red vinyl 7"
NOT for record store day is a new GREAT POP SUPPLEMENT release. A split single, and featuring the full length SPECTRUM version of MARY from the JIM DICKINSON sessions split with CHEVAL SOMBRE\'s RED MOON from the upcoming second lp \'MAD LOVE\' mixed, co-produced & featuring SONIC BOOM. Art by swiss artist IVAN LIECHTEL.
We should have stocks of the SPECTRUM 7" on the US tour.
February 2010: In The Studio - Pandas, Shjips and Psychedelia
It's been a busy time in the studio having just finishing mixing PANDA BEAR's new album TOMBOY. Panda Bear is the sublime and transcendental side-project of ANIMAL COLLECTIVE member NOAH LENNOX and the intensely awaited new LP. will be out on April 12th 2011
The worldwide release, on the bands own PAW TRACKS imprint, of the 50 minute eleven song album will feature totally new mixes and arrangements. Entirely different to the previously released limited edition 7" single series, this record is a culmination of 3 years work and includes some entirely new material. Handed over to me for mixing ,we collaborated between New York ,Rugby & Lisbon.
TOMBOY is the fourth PANDA BEAR long player and will be released on multiple formats including a special hi-fidelity DMM vinyl version on colour vinyl, compact disc, and a limited edition BOX SET of 12" singles.
- YOU CAN COUNT ON ME
- SLOW MOTION
- SURFERS HYMN
- LAST NIGHT AT THE JETTY
- ALSATIAN DARN
- FRIENDSHIP BRACELET
The album was recorded in Lisbon, Portugal by Panda Bear. Mixed in New York at Blanker Unsinn by Sonic Boom. Mix Engineered by Sonic Boom & Nick Kramer. Extra recording by Sonic boom. Mastering by Sonic Boom & Joe Lambert .
BIG thank u 2 Andrew, Ben, MGMT, their management and Nick Kramer for letting me work, stay with them and have access to the studio.
Fans of psychedelia might want to look out for two 'record store day' 7"s both remixed/remastered by me.
Red Crayola - Hurricane fighter plane (sonic boom remix) b/w Pink Stainless Tail (sonic boom remaster) PLUS the 13th Floor Elevators - May the Circle Remain Unbroken (sonic boom remix) b/w Wait For My Love (sonic boom remaster).
I have also just remastered the whole of the the RED CRAYOLA's PARABLE OF ARABLE LAND & also GOD BLESS THE RED CRAYOLA AND ALL WHO SAIL WITH HER l.p.'s for the first time.
Two remixes of MOON DUO tracks, Scars and Fallout will feature on a bonus disc with there upcoming LP on Sacred Bones and Souterrain Transmissions records. For those that don't know Moon Duo is a side project of The Wooden Shjips. A 7" with the Scars remix and an unreleased track on the flip will be released for record store day in Europe.
more good news soon............
It's been a while, I know. Things are crazy in general & generally crazy. We've made a mad pledge to try & cover the spaces and reach out to the places. There's a bunch of stuff going on - Cheval Sombre's new LP is in the finishing by spring - in time for the swallows return, at the least.
From Spectrum - some new records, some great shows (ATP in April with Animal Collective, Austin Psyche fest a-beckoning....), re-issues of the 1st 3 Sonic Boom/Spectrum discs....... starting with 'Sonic Boom Spectrum' on Space Age Records in March.
But .... Right now, just to remind you of these shows coming up in the next couple of weeks, here's our last shows of the year. If you want to be sure of tickets in Paris, Zurich or Basel and the two festivals, now's the time I guess.
See you on someday
Spacemen3 , MGMT ,Cheval Sombre & D&B
Current mood: hazy
Just a few lines to catch up on stuff . Of note since the last tour ended in the US:
Over the last 2 months I've been co-producing the new lp with MGMT in california & brooklyn , due out in 2009.
May saw the release of Cheval Sombre's sleepy just -in-time-for-summer self titled lp on NY's Double Feature records , produced by myself & featuring Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips .
Also of note -the release of Dean & Britta's sublime soundtracking of 13 of Warhol's infamous 'screen-tests ' . Lou Reed ,Nico ,Edie Sedgwick ,Billy Name , Dennis Hopper & 8 others get brand new sound tracks to stunning effect . Included are a song co-written by myself (teenage lightning (and lonely highways) , and an instrumental reworking of 'if I should die' from the sonic boom / spectrum l.p. , and my remix of 'knives from Bavaria' from the sonic souvenirs e.p.
the only confirmed shows we have for the upcoming months revolve around Dockville festival in Hamburg mid August (w MGMT) , Tanned Tin festival in November in Spain & the December MBV curated All Tommorrows parties . More info on the shows as & when .
Discwise , the vinyl Spacemen 3 e.p. of 'these blues' et al is in the stores now on clear vinyl 12" with a spot varnished acid-tab sleeve .
The vinyl for War Sucks has been held up due to label illness & manufacturing problems . The cd's are set to dissapear fairly soon . fair warning . these Mind Expansion releases are'nt planned to be kept in print indefinately.
more info as & when ,
have a good summer
APRIL 2009: WAR SUCKS - NEW E.P
The new 4 track EP from SPECTRUM titled WAR SUCKS is due for release on Mind Expansion records on April 23rd in both 12inch colored vinyl & C.D. formats with free download.
The EP features two covers - Sonic's re-worked version of the Red Crayola classic WAR SUCKS, and Laurie Anderson's overlooked gem WALKING & FALLING, plus two originals OVER & OVER and RAZZLE DAZZLE MIND.
Between the four tracks it covers the whole gamut of SPECTRUM's unique & influential take on Pop, Psychedelia, Rock & Experimental formats. Known for pushing the boundaries with experimental music whilst also writing pop-styled classics such as How You Satisfy Me and highly charged songs like Revolution, the EP draws together the best of SPECTRUM's material hinting at the variety of songs that will feature on the album due for release later in the year.
WAR SUCKS sees the band psychedelically stormtroop through the Red Crayola classic accompanied by nebelwerfer strains - a kind of 'Stalin organ' used in WW2 by the Germans to invoke as much chaos, noise and fear as possible blended with the overhead scream of a Stuka dive-bomber. The combination of the over-driven guitar sound, crashing cymbals and apocalyptic vocal with these screaming sound effects makes for a unique & compelling sound experience.
RAZZLE DAZZLE MIND finds the band on instrumental form with this classic Stooges meets Stereolab track - a vocal version is expected for the new l.p.
WALKING & FALLING is an inspired cover of Laurie Anderson's spoken word piece from 1980, taking the track to a stunning conclusion only hinted at in the original. Intense delay feedback melding with Sonic's trademark Vox repeater tone creates atmosphere in this sensitive and pulsing track.
It seamlessly segues into the final track, a Spectrum original OVER & OVER - highly reminiscent of Playing With Fire era SPACEMEN 3 and at least the equal to songs such as 'Let me down gently' & 'How does it feel'.
Strikingly sleeved in collaboration with Swiss artist Ivan Liechti from the design studio DIY (http://www.diy.li) it features psychedelic, candy-coloured artwork based on the unusual zig-zag 'Razzle-Dazzle' deception camouflage used in WW1 and WW2.
The vinyl comes in custom pressed blended colors with matching sleeve artwork.
The EP will be out on Mind Expansion records http://www.myspace.com/mindexpansionrecords
European Tour dates - November 2008
just a few lines to let everyone know what's happening for SPECTRUM in the coming weeks & to thank all the folks who applied for the percussion & lead guitar posts. I was gratified to see such consistent quality amongst all those who applied.
I am pleased to announce that ALL UK SHOWS WILL FEATURE THE FULL BAND - performing an extended version of the set featured at the 4 M.B.V. shows we played last year. Expect the full breadth of SPECTRUM's & SPACEMEN 3's catalogue including Suicide, Revolution, How You Satisfy Me, Mary, Transparent Radiation etc.
The current financial climate is scaring some of the promoters of gigs to death & if you want to guarantee your local show takes place, please buy tickets in advance as soon as possible. Most shows are in fairly intimate venues & sell out on the night is possible. It's been a long time since I played many of these cities - please let your circle of friends know & pass the info on where you see fit. The current shows & online ticket addresses are:
Fri 13th Feb - The Static Gallery, LIVERPOOL www.ticketline.co.uk
Sat 14th Feb, The Library, LEEDS www.ticketline.co.uk
Tuesday 17th Feb - The Social, NOTTINGHAM - www.alt-tickets.co.uk
Friday 20th - Hare & Hounds, BIRMINGHAM - www.moseleyfolk.co.uk/
Tuesday 24th Feb - The Wheatsheaf, OXFORD www.wegottickets.com
Wed 25th - The Croft, BRISTOL - www.the-croft.com
Fri 27th Feb - The Dome, LONDON - www.wegottickets.com
Sat 28th Feb - The Freebutt, BRIGHTON - www.wegottickets.com and Rounder Records
We'll be selling Spectrum & Spacemen 3 back catalogue at the shows including some vinyl as well as c.d. releases. Look forward to seeing you at the show. Please feel free to come & say Hi!
European Tour dates - November 2008
Just back from the crazyness & fun of Mexico city & Teotihuacan. It was fun to do a short piece with Robyn Guthrie again after playing some shows a few years back.
A big thank you to all our loved ones, friends & everyone who came out to say hi & check out the shows in the USA & Mexico.
Tonight it's Copenhagen, a solo Spectrum show.
Then next week it's onto Mulhouse in France for a week's workshop at the college of art.
Fri 7th nov sees the start of the Band shows with original Spectrum guitarist Kevin Cowen, Nolan Watkinson on bass and from the u.s.a Roger Brogan on percussion. Full list is:
1 Nov 2008, 20:00, Studenterhuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
7 Nov 2008, 20:00, Dachstock Reitschule, Bern, Switzerland
(With Roy & the Devils motorcycle & Papiro)
8 Nov 2008, 20:00, Sparte 4, Saarbrucken, Germany
9 Nov 2008, 20:00, Golden Pudel Club, Hamburg, Germany
10 Nov 2008, 20:00, Bang Bang Club, Berlin, Germany
11 Nov 2008, 20:00, Sonic Ballroom, Cologne, Germany
12 Nov 2008, 20:00, Zukunft, Zurich, Switzerland
(With Roy & the Devils motorcycle & Papiro)
13 Nov 2008, 20:00, Queen Kong Club @ Case-a-chocs, Neuchatel, Switzerland
(With Roy & the Devils motorcycle & Papiro)
14 Nov 2008, 20:00, Flosserplatz, Aarau, Switzerland
(With Roy & the Devils motorcycle & Papiro)
15 Nov 2008, 20:00, St Gervais, Biel, Switzerland
26 Nov 2008, 20:00, Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal
27 Nov 2008, 20:00, Teatro Circo, Porto, Portugal
29 Nov 2008, Bordeaux, France - Festival w/ Psychic ills & others
Theres also 2 UK shows in Glasgow & Sheffield in early December - more on this & other UK shows later.
On this first full European Band tour we'll be doing a similar mix of Spectrum & Spacemen 3 material that we previewed at our UK and USA My Bloody Valentine shows. Also, we will have T-shirts from Hamburg onwards or by pre-payment & post.
Finally it looks like we will re-schedule our cancelled Paris show. More on that as & when its re-booked. my apologies for the cancellation there.
Anyone interested in adding shows in Dec or Jan - particularly in Iceland, Holland, Belgium, Turkey, Spain & the Balaerics
US Tour dates 2008
We're just embarking on our full SPECTRUM band tour, reeling out old & new Spectrum stuff from the present 'Indian Giver' l.p back , as well as mining the SPACEMEN 3 catalogue for several old gem. Starting on the 20th sept in NYC with Dean&Britta and winding up in early October on the west coast. The tour is just a few larger cities with return on a larger scale planned for next year. The band is sounding pretty fucking stellar ..... & I'm looking forward to playing the stuff out again - audiences so far seem to agree.
Our recent shows with MBV & at Sonic Cathedral were great and we're rolling out after these U.S. shows to Paris, Copenhagen, Berlin & all over central Europe in November before some December shows in Blighty.
Other bits of interest : CHEVAL SOMBRE - the NY state singer has released two new 7"s , also available as a 7" clear vinyl lathe cut double pack - all out on Static Caravan & selling out at a rate of knots. It's produced by & featuring myself - Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips (Galaxie 500, Luna etc. ) also both get deep & moody on various Cheval 'cuts'.
A full lp is out on Dean Wareham's brand new label DoubleFeature next year recorded by Nick Kramer & myself in New Jersey in the last couple of years . I obviously heartily recommend it - some folk say he has the vibe/sound similar to Jason's earlier Spacemen 3 stuff. Reviews so far have been fairly ecstatic at this sleepy, drowsy & soothingly poetic maiden voyage.
Engineer Nick Kramer worked with me on the Dean&Britta 'sonic souvenirs' remixes, part of which also sees re-issue as extra tracks on the new re-release of their bench mark deleted debut l.p. L'Avventura - also on their own DoubleFeature imprint.
Spectrum will also be doing t-shirts & hopefully some merch on the road. Please come & say hi at the shows.
My Bloody Valentine
Just to let you know Spectrum - the full band - doing the highs, lows and heavenly blows of my career, will be playing with MBV at the Roundhouse this weekend and in Manchester next weekend.
The London shows are already sold out, but if you\'ve got a ticket come along early to see us play.
The MBV support dates are:
Saturday 21st June - The Roundhouse, London
Tuesday 24th June - The Roundhouse, London
Saturday 28th June - Manchester Apollo
Sunday 29th June - Manchester Apollo
Spectrum will also be playing a couple of other summer dates ..
17th July - Sonic Cathedral, The Legion, 348 Old Street, London. Support from The Early Years and Flowers of Hell
More info and tickets from www.wegottickets.com
20th July - The Truck Fest - Spectrum performing on the Sonic Cathedral stage
More info - www.thisistruck.com
21st September - ATP New York - Spectrum performing with MBV, Mogwai and many others
More to come later
Australia/Japan Tour news - updates and extra show
SO HERE'S OUR FINAL LIST FOR SHOWS IN AUSTRALIA & JAPAN. MIGHT BE A WHILE B4 I'M BACK AGAIN I GUESS, SO THIS MIGHT B YR BEST CHANCE.
I'VE ADDED SOME STUFF TO THE SET (MORE SPACEMEN 3 STUFF , A DIFF. SUICIDE COVER , PLUS NEW & OLD SPECTRUM STUFF.
THE SHOWS ARE GOING GREAT, DIMMER ARE WELL WORTH SEEING TOO, SO PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY - THERE'S GREAT BILLS AT ALL THE SHOWS & FULL PSYCHEDELIC FIRST CLASS UPGRADES ON MOST OF THE SHOWS.
PLEASE COME SAY HI & TELL YR BUDDIES THAT MIGHT WANT TO GO.
THE SHOWS ARE :
10TH BRISBANE STEP INN
11TH SYDNEY GAELIC CLUB
12TH MELBOURNE NORTHCOTE SOCIAL
13TH MELBOURNE NORTHCOTE SOCIAL
Australia Tour news
JUST A LINE TO UPDATE U GUYS ON THE STATE OF PLAY WITH OUR SHOWS HERE IN AUSTRALIA.
BRISBANE - THURS 10TH - THIS SHOW IS LOOING SHAKY. IF PEOPLE WANT TO SEE THE SHOW, A MOVEMENT ON THE TICKET SALES MIGHT BE CRUCIAL.
SYDNEY - FRI 11TH - LOOKING GOOD, AGAIN IT MIGHT BE WORTH GRABBING YR TICKETS SOONER THAN LATER IF U CARE ABOUT MISSING IT.
MELBOURNE - SAT 12TH - IS SELLING FAST & WE'RE LOOKING AT DOING A SECOND SHOW ON THE NEXT NIGHT WITH A DIFFERENT SET PLUS ME DOING A DJ SET TOO. WE'LL DO THIS DEPENDING ON HOW SOON THE 1ST SHOW SELLS OUT, SO IF U WANT TO BE SURE TO SEE THE SHOW PLEASE GET YR TICKETS SORTED.
BUY TICKETS (via link in page)
APPARENTLY, THE INTENDED ADS IN MELBOURNE & BRISBANE NEVER SHOWED, SO WORD OF MOUTH TO YR BUDDIES & ON LOCAL MUSIC SITES IS MUCH APPRECIATED & MORE CRUCIAL THAN EVER.
LOOKING FORWARD TO IT....
New release: Julie's Haircut with Sonic Boom, N-Waves/U-Waves
"Two studio improvisations from the band you love to hate together with the co-founder of Spacemen 3.
10" solid white vinyl, embossed carton sleeve.":
Buy it now directly from the band
New Atlantis Studios, December 2007
I'm just tying up the final dates for some U.S. SPECTRUM shows starting late January in NYC & including the Melodica festival in Texas (some of you will have seen or heard about this legendary festival) & dates including Seattle, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin & Portland. Anyone still looking to book shows please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Finally there's a new SPECTRUM vs JIM DICKINSON lp out early next year in Febuary on Birdman Records entitled 'Spectrum meets Cpt. Memphis - Indian Givers'. It's a really nice record featuring collaborations in songwriting & recording with the meta-legenday Jim Dickinson, known for his astounding work with Ry Cooder (Paris Texas + others), Dylan (1990s), the Stones (Wild Horses), Aretha Franklin (1970s), Big Star (Like Flies on Sherbet), The Cramps (Red Headed Woman) as well as his many incarnations from The Jesters (legendary SUN Records artistes) thru to his current mesmerising Mudboy & the Neutrons (known felons in drag ) band & Cpt. Memphis solo persona.
Tracks include a re-recording of 'Amen', 'Take your Time' & 'When Tommorrow Hits', new Spectrum song 'Mary', collaborations 'The Lonesome death of 'Johnny Ace' (an astounding song about the late Johnny Ace, a 50s r&b crooner who blew his brains out playing "gun games" backstage between 2 shows on Xmas day at the famous Mitchell Hotel & whorehouse in Memphis... stories dont get much better than this), 'Confederate Dead' and some new fantastic Jim Dickinson songs in 'till your mainline comes' & 'the old cow died'. The sessions were recorded around 3 years ago at Jim's studio in the Mississipi mud lands surrounding the river Mississipi, just south of the Tennesee border.
The lp features Randall Nieman of Spectrum & Fuxa and Jimmy Crosthwait from Mudboy & the Neutrons and on Jim's classic 1972 release 'Dixie Fried'.
Please note this is not the SPECTRUM lp that has been in the works ready for release next year. The release of that l.p. will be preceded by a new SPECTRUM EP "Walking & Falling" in March on Mind Expansion records.