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Action Painting!: Trial Cuts (1989–1995) (Emotional Response)

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October 15, 2018

Action Painting! was one of the more obscure acts on Sarah Records, and this collection compiles most of their output for the label, along with a plethora of excellent bonus tracks that tell a story of a forgotten but now reunited band.

Song Of The Day: Yoko Ono, “Imagine”

Taken from the Chimera Music release, Warzone.

Vince Guaraldi: The Complete Warner Bros.–Seven Arts Recordings (Omnivore)

Vince Guaraldi will eternally be remembered as the man who soundtracked the life and adventures of Charlie Brown. Yet he was a creative talent in his own right, in this two disc collection compiles the final releases of his lifetime for a record company that stubbornly neglected and unfairly treated the brilliant man they had signed.

Felt: Me & A Monkey On The Moon (Cherry Red)

Felt came to a quiet end in 1989, completing their”ten albums and ten singles in ten years” plan, and they did so with some of their finest music and best produced material of their career. The album also serves as an interesting predecessor and forerunner to the forthcoming Britpop movement.

Felt: Train Above The City (Cherry Red)

Felt’s final album for Creation was a mysterious and puzzling experiment that confounded listeners and didn’t sound anything like Felt.

Felt: The Pictorial Jackson Review (Cherry Red)

After an unsatisfying album experience, it was decided that Felt should quickly turn out a new album, but upon hearing the demos Creation convinced Lawrence to release them virtually as-is resulting in a stark-sounding album that predicted a new style.

Felt: Poem Of The River (Cherry Red)

Felt’s third album for Creation found them being guinea pigs for the label’s newest concept, which resulted in an album finds them heading into an unexpected new musical direction.

Felt: Forever Breathes The Lonely Word (Cherry Red)

We are dedicating this week to the Creation Records era the wonderful band Felt, whose records were reissued last week. We start with what is easily their masterpiece, a 1986 album that should have been starting point, but unfortunately proved to be their apex. It’s a stunning album that’s as fresh now as it was three decades ago.

The Durutti Column: Without Mercy (Factory Benelux)

For the fourth Durutti Column album, Factory Records mastermind Tony Wilson insisted that the album be an experiment in adapting Vini Reilly’s distinctive music with a modern classical twist. This experiment has been expanded into a whopping four disc set, featuring other recordings from the era and two fantastic live performances.

Roger James: Riding Free: Expanded Edition (RPM)

The sole album release by British musician Roger James is an absolutely delightful collection of the dreamy country–tinged soft rock that should have been the launch of a fruitful solo career. This compilation collects all of his material and provides a frustrating look into what happens when a talented artist doesn’t get the fair shake he deserved.