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    Quote Originally Posted by Phlakaton View Post
    I started with Happy Accidents myself - a perfect way to get some! Get it onya!
    And with the most rewarding bonus track experience ever.
    Never has a bonus track been such a massive gift as Stabbing At Air.

    Steve Gore spent two whole years on this one song!
    It really could have been an album of its own but was used to add even more to this classic.

    The approach to bonus tracks really has changed over time, huh? I can't imagine working up new tracks for bonuses of an older album. I guess before internet, there wouldn't have been any way to get older tracks once the limited run of records are gone, so reissues like this would have been a lot more important, and would make more sense why previously released tracks like Sent Flying and Bones Chorale appear here remixed too.

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    Continuing work on 'The Strange Case of Steve' and it's really shaping up now. Mixing some contributions from Dave Newhouse on saxes and woodwinds, and gearing up to record bass and drums on a few pieces! Very excited about how these pieces are turning out

    For anyone on Spotify, I've set up a RR History 101 playlist, going through the history of Reporters chronologically! I've got most of the albums up there on streaming now.
    Can check that out here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7d...RvawzFWM-3ZccA

    And just in general, in case anybody has missed it, this live release recorded in high school in 1976 is just crazy! Never really ended up recording much of their music like this but the line up of organ, bass and drums KILLS with super complex Canterbury tunes! https://rascalreporters.bandcamp.com...park-high-1976

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    Quote Originally Posted by auxfnx View Post
    Continuing work on 'The Strange Case of Steve' and it's really shaping up now. Mixing some contributions from Dave Newhouse on saxes and woodwinds, and gearing up to record bass and drums on a few pieces! Very excited about how these pieces are turning out

    For anyone on Spotify, I've set up a RR History 101 playlist, going through the history of Reporters chronologically! I've got most of the albums up there on streaming now.
    Can check that out here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7d...RvawzFWM-3ZccA

    And just in general, in case anybody has missed it, this live release recorded in high school in 1976 is just crazy! Never really ended up recording much of their music like this but the line up of organ, bass and drums KILLS with super complex Canterbury tunes! https://rascalreporters.bandcamp.com...park-high-1976
    - a R.R.ís newbie here ... thanks, really appreciate it.!

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    - a R.R.’s newbie here ... thanks, really appreciate it.!
    Welcome to the Reporter's Lounge - hope you enjoy your stay!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by auxfnx View Post
    Continuing work on 'The Strange Case of Steve' and it's really shaping up now. Mixing some contributions from Dave Newhouse on saxes and woodwinds, and gearing up to record bass and drums on a few pieces! Very excited about how these pieces are turning out

    For anyone on Spotify, I've set up a RR History 101 playlist, going through the history of Reporters chronologically! I've got most of the albums up there on streaming now.
    Can check that out here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7d...RvawzFWM-3ZccA

    And just in general, in case anybody has missed it, this live release recorded in high school in 1976 is just crazy! Never really ended up recording much of their music like this but the line up of organ, bass and drums KILLS with super complex Canterbury tunes! https://rascalreporters.bandcamp.com...park-high-1976
    I grabbed that high school show the day it came out - and man o man - I was blown away at the Egg flavor it has - and the skillz! I really enjoy that release a ton.

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    Yes. Elegant Decay is one of the gems of that series, for sure
    And the code is a play, a play is a song, a song is a film, a film is a dance...

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    Attention audiophiles, archivists and Reporters enthusiasts!

    The digital Happy Accidents release on Bandcamp has levelled up to a somewhat XTRA-DELUXE edition, as it's now been updated to include the original 1988 vinyl LP mix of the album as bonus tracks, transferred from my pristine copy of the LP in 96kHz/24bit resolution.

    Not only is this available with new purchases of the album, but it is also available to anyone who has previously bought the album on Bandcamp by simply re-downloading.

    https://rascalreporters.bandcamp.com...py-accidents-2

    Some very significant mix alterations from the vinyl mix to the CD mix, so well worth checking if you are mainly familiar with one or the other!

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    Quote Originally Posted by auxfnx View Post
    Attention audiophiles, archivists and Reporters enthusiasts!

    The digital Happy Accidents release on Bandcamp has levelled up to a somewhat XTRA-DELUXE edition, as it's now been updated to include the original 1988 vinyl LP mix of the album as bonus tracks, transferred from my pristine copy of the LP in 96kHz/24bit resolution.

    Not only is this available with new purchases of the album, but it is also available to anyone who has previously bought the album on Bandcamp by simply re-downloading.

    https://rascalreporters.bandcamp.com...py-accidents-2

    Some very significant mix alterations from the vinyl mix to the CD mix, so well worth checking if you are mainly familiar with one or the other!
    Zing! Thanks man

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    New video for 'One of Our Dogs is Missing'! Edited by Bajr

    And some release news:

    I'm working on a remaster of 1980's 'We're God' from the original master tapes - the original cassette mixes! - for release on Bandcamp, with a remaster of the 1996 CD mixes to accompany it.

    Some very interesting alternative mixes from the original tapes that you may not be familiar with if you've only heard the CD re-release. Aiming to put together the ultimate fan edition of this one!

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    Hey everyone, wanted to let ye know about the new remaster of We're God!

    it's OUT NOW! only €7 https://rascalreporters.bandcamp.com...-2019-remaster

    Rascal Reporters' 1980 sophomore release 'We're God', digitally remastered in 2019 from the original master tapes - with higher clarity and fidelity than ever before! For release on our Bandcamp page - https://rascalreporters.bandcamp.com/

    Hear Stevie Kretzmer's original piano-only version of 'Solomon Music' (with audible piano stool squeek!), 'Cannonball Adderley' as it stood before its 1997 re-construction, Gore's scream of relief at the end of 'Fidget Stomp' as he completes a successful take, and all the other intricacies of this piece of Reporters history. Featuring the original 1980 version of the album, as it was before its re-edit in 1997 for its CD release, this is the first time this version of the album has been made available digitally, and the first time the album has been available in this quality!

    Bonus tracks include a fully remastered version of the 'Guns for Jerry's Kids/Beatrice' single along with other specialities from the era, and the download comes with full scans of the original 20-page cassette booklet & 1981's 7" 'Guns for Jerry's Kids/Beatrice' single with lyrics & liner notes

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    Quote Originally Posted by auxfnx View Post
    Hey everyone, wanted to let ye know about the new remaster of We're God!

    it's OUT NOW! only €7 https://rascalreporters.bandcamp.com...-2019-remaster

    Rascal Reporters' 1980 sophomore release 'We're God', digitally remastered in 2019 from the original master tapes - with higher clarity and fidelity than ever before! For release on our Bandcamp page - https://rascalreporters.bandcamp.com/

    Hear Stevie Kretzmer's original piano-only version of 'Solomon Music' (with audible piano stool squeek!), 'Cannonball Adderley' as it stood before its 1997 re-construction, Gore's scream of relief at the end of 'Fidget Stomp' as he completes a successful take, and all the other intricacies of this piece of Reporters history. Featuring the original 1980 version of the album, as it was before its re-edit in 1997 for its CD release, this is the first time this version of the album has been made available digitally, and the first time the album has been available in this quality!

    Bonus tracks include a fully remastered version of the 'Guns for Jerry's Kids/Beatrice' single along with other specialities from the era, and the download comes with full scans of the original 20-page cassette booklet & 1981's 7" 'Guns for Jerry's Kids/Beatrice' single with lyrics & liner notes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phlakaton View Post
    Nails Did.
    Legend You get a chance to check the booklet scans that come with the download? Some great material in there!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by auxfnx View Post
    Legend You get a chance to check the booklet scans that come with the download? Some great material in there!!
    Yeah... great stuff. I have to spend some time with that PDF - loads to check out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phlakaton View Post
    Yeah... great stuff. I have to spend some time with that PDF - loads to check out.
    I think it's particularly interesting being able to read all the lyrics for these tunes. And even on the ones where the only voices are taped dialogue recordings, those are notated!

    The energy of the fresh faced Reporters in those two statements, the one at the start and the one from Bill Andrews at the end - I love that amount of 'fuck you' energy haha

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    Jon Davis over at Expose Online has very kindly posted a review of our latest work 'Redux, Vol. 1'!

    http://www.expose.org/index.php/arti...-vol.-1-2.html

    In the annals of eccentric, complicated modern music, Rascal Reporters deserve a special place if they don’t have it already. With a history stretching back to the 70s and a catalog of strange music that defies categorization, let alone comprehension, it’s probably safe to say they’re outliers on pretty much any scale you could invent.

    Redux, Vol. 1 features a number of tracks that were in the archives of original Rascals Steve Kretzmer and Steve Gore but had never been completed, mainly because the music was just too complex for them to overdub the finishing parts with the technology they had at the time. Feeling the music was too good to remain unreleased, surviving Rascal Kretzmer got together with James Strain to put the finishing touches on the pieces, and this is the result.

    It starts out with “Improv Cost Me My Job,” which is less than a minute of keyboards and drums full of odd rhythms and disjointed melodies. Then we dive into “Hubert Greenery Peck,” just shy of fourteen minutes of complex and precise music that goes through so many changes you lose track after a couple of minutes. The fact that Strain was able to add drum parts to this recording after the keyboards were already in place is downright amazing. But beyond the technical feat involved in its creation, it’s a fun piece that should appeal to fans of tricky RIO-ish music like Thinking Plague, Forever Einstein, and Zappa’s later instrumental work.

    “One of Our Dogs Is Missing” is similar in style within a more compact timeframe, and might be my favorite in this set. Some of its melodies have a fanfare-like quality that reminds me of something Hatfield & the North might have done. “Egos Explode” is a piece left behind after Steve Gore’s death that Strain tackled in the same manner. The set finishes off with “Her Kind,” a vocal track sung by Kretzmer. It’s somewhat less complex than some of the instrumental excursions, but is far from an ordinary pop song, and for some reason brings to mind Tony Banks' solo work.

    Fans of complex music that maintains a sense of fun should check out this new kind of Rascal Reporters album, and will probably be primed for Volume 2 when it comes out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auxfnx View Post
    Jon Davis over at Expose Online has very kindly posted a review of our latest work 'Redux, Vol. 1'!

    http://www.expose.org/index.php/arti...-vol.-1-2.html
    Ace. It deserves major kudos all around. Great album and fine work man.

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