I've had this one for years, and haven't hardly listened to it. Always remembered it as a tragic example of prog wankery, and a poor representation of the work and voice of NZ's favourite Rock 'n' Roll poet. I'd planned on posting it here as a historical oddity. Reading back through the liner notes, Mammal's got Tony Backhouse and other kiwi musos who went on to various levels of musical fortune, but also early use of the Electronic Music Studio at Victoria, and some lovely work from the Alex Lindsay String Quartet.
Listening back yesterday as I was digitising it, I really enjoyed (most of) it. Mammal reminds me a lot of bands like Lutha, Tamburlaine and Waves, and I start thinking it was maybe kind of a mini-scene of this earnest kiwi melodic psych-folk.
Sam recently recorded a really gorgeous album with David Kilgour, and we were lucky enough in Dunedin to see Sam perform with David and the Heavy Eights, who featured a guest appearance that evening from Martin Phillips on keys and steel guitar. According to Sam's website, a live album from those shows is forthcoming.
My copy was a bit rougher than I remembered, so there is a bit of popping and clicking on these tracks; maybe someone out there can recommend a decent (freeware) noise reduction VST? One which doesn't suck all the life out of the music?
These links are for the enjoyment and preservation of discontinued music. Whenever possible, links will be added to buy hard copies. If I discover that these works are available legitimately in any format, I will remove the links. These works are all long out of print, and hopefully the continued trading of these inferior digital formats will encourage their re-pressing, rather than suppressing.
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Artists, labels and copyright owners, please contact me to have any of these removed. My main interest in posting these albums is digging up forgotten gems and promoting them. I hope that by sharing, enough interest will be aroused that official releases will be forthcoming. And re-issue labels, please press lovely new 180gm vinyl versions, with heavy cardboard sleeves, for all of them.
Looking for rare, out of print New Zealand-ish psych, garage, rock/pop, experimental, electronic, avant-garde...
Contributions welcome -- out of print only! -- as are comments.