Friday, February 19

Teardrop Explodes - Demos & Outtakes

First album photo shoot, Brian Griffin photo
'The Curate's Egg'
Demos & Studio Outtakes 
various recording dates & sources
c. 1978 - 1982

sound quality range: VG- to VG
Due to the condition of the source tapes, there's some distortion, hiss, etc. But I tidied them up a bit using light noise reduction, channel re-balancing, and modest eq'ing. 
Not pristine by any means, but listenable.

SAMPLE: "The Culture Bunker" (demo)


01 Count to Ten (demo)
02 The Challenger (demo)
03 Not My Only Friend (demo)
04 Serious Danger (demo - instrm.)
05 Pussyface (demo - instrm.)
06 The Great Dominions (demo)
07 The Culture Bunker (demo)
08 Flipped Out On LSD (demo - shorter, instrum.)
09 Flipped Out On LSD (demo - long version)
10 The Butcher's Tale (outtake - shorter - instrum.)
11 The Butcher's Tale (outtake - long version - instrum.)  
12 Blaze Star (outtake - brief instrum.)
13 Tiny Children (outtake)
14 Suffocate (outtake)
15 Log Cabin (outtake)
  

TT: 60 mins.
ROB SEZ: Above are selected tracks from the “Screaming Secrets” vinyl boot + “Demos & Curios” set. To the best of my knowledge, none has ever been officially released. Some sound like demos, others sound like studio outtakes from album sessions. I have reason to believe the last 3 or 4 tracks are from early recording sessions for the projected (but later aborted) third Teardrop Explodes album. 
A “curate's egg”:
noun - something that has both good and bad parts
Derived from a cartoon in Punch (November, 1895) in which a meek curate, who has been served a bad egg while breakfasting with his bishop, replies, Oh no, my Lord, I assure you that parts of it are excellent!

ROB SEZ (AGAIN): for my money, the better parts of this egg are found starting with track 6, in which David Balfe's over-done keyboard parts are balanced out by Cope's voice and other instruments. Have fun being your own curate / curator...

Learn more about the music of TTE 
at Wikipedia and AllMusic


4 comments:

  1. You need something to LOOK AT while you LISTEN, right?

    TEARDROP EXPLODES 1981 Tour Program

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/aawxbb2d7hddq1m/Teardrop%20Explodes%20-%20Tour%20Program%20%28jpg%20-%20via%20theworldsamess%20blog%29.zip?dl=0

    BIG THANKS to the Dave at Fruitier Than Thou, who shared it with the Stupefaction music blog.

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  2. Thank you for this. And for caring about the dB's.

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    1. You're welcome, Stu. Thanks for the thanks...

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