Thursday, July 16, 2009

ELEVEN POND: Bas Relief REISSUE!!!!!


I've noticed some bickering and fighting and controversy among the music sharing blogosphere over the past few months. Some people hate the idea of sharing (for free!) this music, as it cheapens the experience of listening to the physical record. To that I say "pish-posh!" (and that's something I've never said before in my life...). Sometimes music blogs CAN make a difference.
For instance, a couple years ago I uploaded the obscure and barely-known LP from Eleven Pond. I occasionally saw copies for sale (I bought one from a local record store and one from gemm.com for mere pocket change), and after sharing the record, everybody wanted a copy. After a while, one of the original band members, Jeff, contacted me via my blog, expressing his joy that his music was reaching a wider audience, despite the fact that it was 20 years after the release, and in digital form only.
My friend Josh took note of this. He had wanted to start a record label for some time, and contacted Jeff to see if he would be interested in a reissue. As it turns out, he was very interested. After a slow start, the record was remastered by the legendary George Horn at Berkeley's Fantasy Studios. The record was given a new cover (the cover hat Jeff originally wanted way back in 1986), and every copy was silkscreened and hand-numbered for the perfect DIY touch.
This isn't just a minor reissue, it's a wonderfully remastered and lovingly crafted piece of music history. Seriously, this is how this record was meant to be heard. The difference is noticeable. The bass is deeper, the drums hit harder, the guitars are louder, the vocals are clearer, and the synths... whoa boy, the synths!
So... where can you get this reissue? Well, from Dark Entries Records, of course!
So, now you can witness how, with the right circumstances, some luck, and a whole lot of hard work (by people other than me), a simple blog post of an old, obscure, forgotten gem of a record can ultimately lead to a reissue. The original band makes money off the record that they never thought they would see, and they finally get the recognition that they deserve.

12 comments:

Vanilla Face said...

I just ordered it from Josh last night, said he'd ship it out this morning. I can't wait to get it! Have to say I'd love to find a copy of the original though :(

Vanilla Face said...

Oh, and don't forget to check out my blog for the Climax Productions Presents LP ;)

goutroy said...

I downloaded it last night, I can't wait to get back home so I can listen to it!

Anonymous said...

Good thing I downloaded it before this fucking thing happened.

NOISEBOX said...

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we share same interest in music. thanks and keep up the good work!

Zer0_II said...

Greetings goutroy. I stumbled across your blog on accident while visiting another blog. I was wondering if you would be interested in having your blog added to my music blogroll/directory @ http://music-bloggers.blogspot.com. If so, please let me know what category you would like to be listed under and I will add you promptly. Thanks for all the hard work you put into this blog, and of course for the music. Take care.

madrotter said...

great story!!! and my compliments on A job well done!!! a bit late i know but i only found this blog today and loving it! greetz from indonesia

Anonymous said...

since it's no longer available from Dark Entries (sold out) maybe you'll re-up it?

Paul Weston said...

I went to R.I.T with these guys and played this song a lot on my radio show at WITR. that was a cassette version. Neo the downtown club also loved this song. it gets attention also from the Weird night today in NYC

buy homework said...

know this band. these guyz plays real music. not like modern artists((((

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It's all erroneous the thing you are saying.

Brian Blankenberg said...

I have an original private pressing copy. #83 of 500. Interested folks can contact me via chrissake1982@live.com