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|jackpot (usa) #corwood 0739 lp|
corwood industries (usa) #corwood 0739 lp
jandek “ready for the house” long playing record
- naked in the afternoon (4:51)
- first you think your fortune’s lovely (8:10)
- what can i say what can i sing (4:51)
- show me the way, o lord (4:18)
- know thy self (2:38)
- they told me about you (4:33)
- cave in on you (4:26)
- they told me i was a fool (5:08)
- european jewel (incomplete) (4:56)
|july 2008 release ; a positively immaculate vinyl edition of the very first jandek lp from 1978 (originally attributed to “the units”) prepared by the folks @ jackpot records in portland in direct co-operation with “the representative from corwood” ... full “deluxe” spec ; stoughton tip-on sleeves, 180gm virgin vinyl, all the trimmings ; coming from someone who owns a near-complete set of o.g. corwood vinyl, this new pressing is a vast improvement in pressing/ sound / vision-capturing (even if, as speculated, this uses the 2005 cd version as a master-tape) ...|
for those either in the dark or entirely bemused by the phenom that is jandek ; filter cover-star christopher marlowe’s elizabethan melancholy through an extended texan backwater isolation, realized in song in a very small room with merely a monotone ghost-whisper and a discordantly open-tuned pawnshop guitar (which literally isn’t even fretted until mr. representative switches to electric for the closing “european jewel” !!!) ...
i’ve riffed ad infinitum on the outsider-spec as applied to the home-recording wave of the 70s/80s ; consider jandek the shining example of a unique vision preserved to tape/wax ... he’s by far one of the most fascinating figures in 20th century music, due in part to his self-imposed hermitic exile from the rest of the 20th century (it’s only in the last 3-4 years that he’s even been photographed !!!) ...
needless to say, i’m going to give this my highest recommendation !!!
ps. you may remember seeing this listed in the “this just in ...” section for a blip back in july ; heavy foreign interest and lost shipments aside, mms is now in possession of a decent chunk of the relatively tiny pressing ; which allows me the liberty of being able to put these out for an extremely reasonable price ...
ready for the house
vinyl lp reissue
street date: july 15th, 2008
the 1978 release of corwood industries #0739, "ready for the house", began one of the most compelling, disturbed, and singular legacies in musical history. in the 30 years since this unique debut, jandek has released 53 albums of mournful, atonal music that continues to defy classification and accessibility. and while the past three decades of intense productivity have yielded a depth of discussion, a handful of legendary live performances and even a film documentary, no amount of time or experience can prepare a listener for the experience of "ready for the house."
beyond stark, beyond oblique, beyond outsider even, the first jandek lp (originally credited to the units) explores musical territories no one even knew existed, with just a hollowed-out voice and a lonely, detuned guitar. in 1985 it had infamously sold less than ten of the 1000 copies originally pressed, however by 1999, when it was issued on cd, the vinyl had completely disappeared, with original copies changing hands for hundreds of dollars.
this exact repress on corwood industries, vinyl edition is the first time "ready for the house" has been unavailable on vinyl for nearly 20 years, finally giving collectors and fans the opportunity to own one of the most peculiar, solitary, and strangely magnetic records of all time.