Spacemen 3 - Transparent Radiation (Violin Mix).mp3
Hello. My name is Chris & I am a Spacemenaholic. (Hi Chris. Wwwwwwwwweeeeeee Llllllloooovvvvvvvveeeeeeee Yyyyyyyyyyoooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!) Anyway........ what I mean to say is.......... I am very obsessive/compulsive about certain things. Particularly music. Particularly certain bands. Particularly Spacemen 3 & all of it's offspring. Ever since I heard their cover of Rollercoaster (13th Floor Elevators) in college I have been hooked. I walked from West 65th in Cleveland to My Generation in Bay Village once to get an original Fierce copy of Dreamweapon on CD. LP's, CD's, 12"'s, 7"'s. Tapes, Test Pressings, T-Shirts, Posters, Pins............anything by them. EVERYTHING BY THEM!!!!! I want it all!!!!!! I have some very cool things like the Purple vinyl copy of The Perfect Prescription on Genius Records. Or My original Father Yod LP of Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To. But the coolest things I have are the gifts. Spacemen Jason sent me a Spiritualized & a Spacemen 3 pin. Matt King gave me 2 picture disc LP's of the first 2 Darkside releases. Chris at Amoeba gave me Spacemen 3's Walking With Jesus (Sound Of Confusion) 12". John McNea scored me the Run/I Want You 7" by Spiritualized while in England. Christian Taylor giving my the first 5 Slipstream 7'"s. So try to imagine my surprise when a package was delivered to me on 2/25. A non-descript yellow padded envelope containing 3 CD's. The return address is illegible & no one told me to expect something in the mail. I proceeded to to open it & then wet myself. Contained within was the latest Spacemen 3 disc Test Tones For DJ's. Since they have been apart for 19 years now new releases are far & few between. There's been a re-issue of Playing With Fire that has a bonus disc of unreleased material & a 2 disc set called Forged Prescriptions which is the first version of The Perfect Prescription interspersed w/ bonus material. Sonic Boom has put out new recordings as Spectrum & Spiritualized (now that Jason is doing better) just finished touring for Songs In A & E. Sonic also put together a compilation of musical influences called The Blues & How They Should Have Turned Out.......... but nothin' on that by Spacemen 3...... This disc is limited to 2,000 copies & I had no idea it was even out. 5 tracks in all..........
Transparent Radiation (violin mix)
I Love You (remix)
& on the Space Age Recordings website They had this to say..........
"...and appearing for the first time on CD, the ultra rare remix of 'I Love You' (originally only 50 promo white label vinyl copies were ever pressed). "
Actually this is a fib. It came out on The semi-legit (Sonic put these out himself) Live Chronicles Vol. II. But the version of These Blues is new to my ears. So is Modulated Tones. But the killer for me is Transparent Radiation (Violin Mix). The original being by The Red Crayola & w/ me being a sucker for old psychedelic music I had to listen to this first. There is a major difference in this version as opposed to the Transparent Radiation 12" version. Less drone & more notes (although sustained violin gets on the fringe of drone) involved it is a solid piece of neo-psyche. W/out the vocal track being drenched in echo it now sounds like a story set to song. Almost like Sonic's right there explaining very calmly how he walked through a bushel & a peck of grain.......... & as you listen the fringes of your senses start to smolder .........
(Sonic has always made himself available both before & after a gig. You could find him millin' 'bout just sippin' wine & slowly on the nod. Especially at the Speak In Tongues show from 1996. Unfortunately Sonic was accused of lifting a bow from there......... no matter.)
(This was acquired after a 1997 gig in the flats. I hung out waitin' for the band to come through after the show w/ my box & sharpie at hand. Damon Reese who was the drummer at the time (& the best one they ever had) asked me if I wanted to get it signed. What a fuckin' cool chap.)
Beatles - Revolution - Take 20.mp3
Now onto the other 2 discs in my secret packet. As of 2/1/09 there appears to be a new leak in The Beatles rarities department. Someone found Revolution take 20. Clocking in at 11:55 it is the longest version to surface so far & the best in my opinion. Not being a real big fan of Revolution #1 or Revolution #9 ....the first being to loud & the second meanders w/out purpose...this is the best of both worlds.... down goes volume & up goes the tape effects. After doing some research on this release I found art & a track listing. (This came to me on a CD-R.)
Revolution Take… Your Knickers Off! (His Master’s Choice 006, 2CD]
Just when you thought they had exhausted the vaults, out comes this two-CD bootleg which surfaced during the first week of February. This is also probably the most sought-after bootleg on the Internet at the moment - with a copy being sold on eBay for US$265.
Disc 1 (notes are from the booklet that came with the CDs)
Track 101. Revolution #1 (RM 1) - (Take 20)
Track 102. Revolution (Single version, no piano)
Track 103. Across The Universe (Alternate mix take eight)
Track 104. Dear Prudence
Track 105. Julia (instrumental take 1+2)
Track 106. Julia (SI onto take 2)
Track 107. Julia (SI onto take 2 2nd try)
Tracks 8-15 - Rehearsals and session takes
Track 108. Step Inside Love (3.9MB)
Track 109. Step Inside Love (6.3MB)
Track 110. Step Inside Love (4.0MB)
Track 111. Step Inside Love (Take 1) (5.8MB)
Track 112. Step Inside Love (Take 2) (4.6MB)
Track 113. Step Inside Love (Take 3) (4.2MB)
Track 114. Step Inside Love (Take 4) (4.3MB)
Track 115. Step Inside Love (Chat) (3.3MB)
Tracks 1-21 - Session takes 1-26
Track 201. Come and Get It (Take 1)
Track 202. Come and Get It (Take 2, 3)
Track 203. Come and Get It (Take 4)
Track 204. Come and Get It (Take 5)
Track 205. Come and Get It (Take 6)
Track 206. Come and Get It (Take 7)
Track 207. Come and Get It (Take eight)
Track 208. Come and Get It (Take 9)
Track 209. Come and Get It (Take 10)
Track 210. Come and Get It (Take 11)
Track 211. Come and Get It (Take 12)
Track 212. Come and Get It (Take 13)
Track 213. Come and Get It (Take 14)
Track 214. Come and Get It (Take 15)
Track 215. Come and Get It (Take 16)
Track 216. Come and Get It (Take 17)
Track 217. Come and Get It (Take 18)
Track 218. Come and Get It (Take 19, 20)
Track 219. Come and Get It (Take 21)
Track 220. Come and Get It (Take 22-25)
Track 221. Come and Get It (Take 26)
Tracks 22-31 - Session takes 1-11
Track 222. No Escaping Your Love (Take 1)
Track 223. No Escaping Your Love (Take 2, 3)
Track 224. No Escaping Your Love (Take 4)
Track 225. No Escaping Your Love (Take 5)
Track 226. No Escaping Your Love (Take 6)
Track 227. No Escaping Your Love (Take 7)
Track 228. No Escaping Your Love (Take eight)
Track 229. No Escaping Your Love (Take 9)
Track 230. No Escaping Your Love (Take 10)
Track 231. No Escaping Your Love (Take 11)
First off who pays that kind of money for 2 CD-R's? Second, copies are already floating around on various Bit Torrent sites. Third, if you must buy it I am sure one will turn up sooner or later at your favorite used CD store. Either as a trade in or as a new import. Now........unless you have friends who are as obsessive/compulsive as you are about music & will pick you up copies as well I would suggest exercising patience scouring thoroughly the used bins. I saw a Kraftwerk picture disc bootleg go for $170.00 on Ebay. It was not even the complete show. (Which is available by the way in some traders circles so it's not too hard to come by........). So I really don't understand the price tag for one song.
With only 8 releases since 2007 His Master's Choice is not the most prolific label out there........ but they just played their trump card by beating the other's to the punch & they will have a minor place in bootleg history because of it.
Now that some of the dust has settled concerning this I am starting to find out that the speed of the recording plays slow. There are copies floating around that say they are now speed corrected. So if you must buy it please inquire that your copy is correct. The new time is 10:54 on the track so look either on the artwork or ask the clerk to play it. I have listened to my copy & it sounds right on.
In Mark Lewisohn's book "The Complete Beatles Chronicle" It mentions take 20 as being a rough mono mix of take 19 & added parts. Paul & George singing "Mama Dada" over & over......... & vocals & guitar parts added by John & Ringo doing some percussive clicks. According to this book Take 19 was the very first session attended by Yoko Ono & it mentions only 2 copies were made of this mix after the day was done. One went w/ John & one went w/ an unnamed person. John's probably ended up w/ Yoko either after his demise or as a gift after the session. So........... who had the other copy? Where did it end up? My first guess is that the "unnamed" person left it to someone who left it to someone who exchanged it for a lump sum to someone at His Master's Choice. Now......if you listen to the quality of the track 2 things leap out.
1) There are no pops. If indeed this is from an acetate made after the session there surely would be audio degradation at this point in time simply due to the age of the disc. Even if a "Pop & Click Removal" tool was applied there would be slight audio degradation to the file as it would also remove any information that was the same frequency as the pop &/or click. There just isn't any. (Observed in Audacity.)
2) This is in perfect mono! There is no way that this is a rough mono mix. It has clean, bright sound. Almost perfectly balanced between all the instruments & effects & one does not drown the other out. Everything is discernible w/in the context of the track.
After absorbing that info I would venture to state that this leaked directly from EMI/Apple. I would also venture to say that there has to be more out there. I know if I had the job of safeguarding those vaults & had a chance to leak something out I definitely would not risk it just for 1 song. (Yes, I know there are other tracks on these discs making their first appearance to the consumer ever but do we really need 26 takes of Come & Get It?) I would have taken or made a copy of the whole reel containing "Revolution" takes & mixes & let one loose every year or so.
I really wish a whole disc of "Revolution" would turn up.............
Posted by nerdspelledbackwards at 2/27/2009 05:40:00 PM
Aquarian Age - 10,000 Words In A Cardboard Box.mp3
Wimple Winch - Save My Soul.mp3
Group 1850 - Mother No-Head.mp3
Fire - Father's Name Is Dad.mp3
Tintern Abbey - Vacuum Cleaner.mp3
What a great compilation series! What a great label! These semi-legit releases collect some very rare psychedelic, beat, mod & pop 45's & LP tracks & puts them all together in 1 beautiful & affordable package. The LP's (20 in all) new usually run about 14 bucks. Used I have seen them as low as $5.95. (Amoeba Music, Berkeley.) The CD's are a different story. While there are only 6 in the series they contain almost all of the 20 LP's tracks. They are only available as imports from England right now & don't look like they are going to find domestic distribution as they have been this way for some time now. New they run $19 - $22 dollars depending where you are & they don't hit the shelves used as any geeky record store clerk would probably snap these up from a trade the minute they hit the counter. (I know I have......) I have never seen them all in one place before as they are getting to be hen's teeth now a days but managed to collect them in bits & pieces over time. Scored some at Jerry's Records in Pennsylvania. Found some others in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Encore Recordings & still more at Amoeba Music In Berkeley, CA. Even got a couple from My Mind's Eye in Lakewood, OH. as well as the now defunct Platterpuss Records. (Was in Lakewood, OH.) Highlights of this set are many & the sound quality is very solid. While you can tell most if not all have been transfered from vinyl the transfer has been done in a very professional manner w/ much care taken in preserving the original sound. No remastering has been applied which is fine by me as records should sound like records. Leave the clean & pristine CD sound for all those Britney Spears discs. This is psychedelic rock & should sound as such. Dark, murky & engulfed in the haze of time.
Even the artwork is quality as you can see below. The covers truly represent what is contained on each slab o' wax. Here are a few examples..........
ADDENDUM: looks like in 2003 they were issued as a limited edition 20 CD set on the label Past & Present. But even that is gone into the ether...............
Posted by nerdspelledbackwards at 2/22/2009 05:42:00 AM