"Over the moon about tape recorders and music and words and songs. Drums, guitars, pianos, noise and acoustics, discord and harmony. Slowly, quickly... improvise first takes... jam the words and then in true ironic spirit, take years to release it. Everything is a paradox. MWP from The Church. Andy and Mark from The Eves. Driving miles out of the city... miles into the country. Mark jumps the train before the bridge. Pastoral, dark, colourful and black and white... Wide awake all night... Fast asleep all day. Love it unconditionally, until it comes back better than before. Change it next time... keep it the same but treasure it because it's yours. Let people hear it but don't run with it. No winning or losing anymore. No dumb talk like this. No angle, no fake cool, no cheap dinners. Try, pray for talent, be yourself. Don't kill yourself if you mess up. Trust your own ears. Swallow everything, spit out the bits you don't like. Focus all you have. The future is such a long time away and we're already unimpressed with it. And after all it's just a bunch of songs on a piece of tape that had no idea they were going out and suddenly they're walking naked in public and have to make a speech across the silence. Dramatize it and die on your cross. Remain silent and the dinner guests begin to turn away. But as the feast turns to dust you spend your nights with your favourite friends. Your lover, your books, your children, your songs and the ones who never seem to forget you wherever you are. They just keep on showing up and that's how you know they are priceless. There is no sinister ulterior motive. And if there is I suppose you didn't get this far."
As far as aural grails go, this one is something to that effect. When All About Eve broke up after Ultraviolet, the ever-lovely Julianne Regan went her way while the rest of the band remained together to finish the work-in-progress album. It eventually surfaced as a severely limited pressing of a couple of hundred CDs under a Swedish indie label. I never could find the album on the Internet as a conveniently-Googlable download, so when I finally bought the album as an overpriced (and potentially overprized) rarity, I thought this is the first humane thing to do! Besides, knowing these guys they probably cherish this display of fandom. So here's Seeing Stars by Marty Willson-Piper, Andy Cousin and Mark Price.
BLCD 12, Borderline Records
FLAC versions here.
MP3, VBR V0
01 Salome (9MB)
02 I Can't Hate You (8.2MB)
03 Where the Rainstorm Ends (8.6MB)
04 Staring at the Sun (9MB)
05 A Drink to Drift Away (9.6MB)
06 Ugly and Cruel (6.5MB)
07 Venus of Prose (8MB)
08 Come (6MB)
09 Mesmerized (7.6MB)
10 Pendulum (7MB)
Scans of the CD case and jacket
Cover art (large)
Case back (large)
Release information & notes (large)
Lyrics jacket 1 (large)
Lyrics jacket 2 (large)
Lyrics jacket 3 (large)
Case sticker (large)
What do you think? I think those are some of the worst vocals ever. :D
Rip quality should be very high. I used FLAC / the LAME VBR encoder in its highest quality settings, and the scans of the liner notes and covers are a bit haphazard. Ask me if you want better scans! Transcribed lyrics shall arrive - for now, consult the image files.
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