CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED
(RCA Studio 1982 demos, produced by Kurt Munkacsi)
soundboard & FM sources (sound quality: VG+; see additional note below)
ABOUT THE SET: There are interesting alternate versions of Gardening at Night out there, but they’ve seen official release somewhere along the way, which accounts for the most excellent live version I used here from the band’s first radio broadcast on May 14, 1982. The rest of the songs, including the bonus tracks, are from the RCA Studios, NYC Feb. 1982 demo session.
There will be more here soon from these guys.
Any guesses what the next album will be?
01 1,000,000 (demo)
02 Stumble (demo)
03 Wolves, Lower (demo)
04 Gardening at Night (live – Atlanta, GA 1982-05-14, FM)
05 Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars) [demo]
06 Catapult (demo)
07 Romance (demo)
08 Just a Touch (demo)
The best-sounding source for these demos is the rare Early Movements boot. I corresponded with someone who knows the guy who created the thing. He was a DJ at an Atlanta radio station when Mike Mills gave him a copy of the tape, so you can be assured the sound quality here is as good as it’s going to get. In this "revisited" version, you will hear a less atmospheric, more straight-ahead rock sound than the one found on the IRS release (which I prefer). That said, this collection suggests a fascinating alternate reality in which the group signs to a major label instead of pursuing the artier, indie'r, & ultimately more enduring path they chose.
A note about the running order: Even the band seems ambivalent about the proper sequencing for the EP. The back cover of the original release lists 1,000,000 as the first track. But the “A” side label has Wolves, Lower first, as does the first CD release on Dead Letter Office. Me? I say you must listen to the thing starting with 1,000,000 and ending with the sublime Carnival of Sorts. No doubt about it: the album jacket got it right the first time…