Bruce Haack

Preservation Tapes

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Record Label
Telephone Explosion

About this item

In 2016, after reissuing two Bruce Haack albums, "Haackula” and “Electric Lucifer Book II”, Telephone Explosion began speaking with Ted Pandel (Bruce’s lifelong friend and business partner) about working on the 1970 masterpiece “The Electric Lucifer”. It turned out there was another matter that he wanted to discuss: finding a final resting place for the Bruce Haack archive. The label were shown test-pressings of “The Electric Lucifer” board mixes from his Columbia studio sessions, countless pieces of written music, a large number of personal photos, an invitation from Raymond Scott inviting Bruce to play his newly created Electronium instrument (now owned by Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh), poems, press clippings, and, most importantly, a heavy duty shelf containing 213 reel-to-reel tapes.
All of the chosen material on “The Preservation Tapes” is unreleased, has only been heard by a handful of people and showcases a relatively unknown period in Bruce’s musical career where Bruce was recording for Sparrow Records (who billed themselves as "America's best Christian music record label”). Bruce’s signature Farad vocoder continues to feature prominently, but the lyrical content is decidedly more religious. Preservation Tapes is a small window into a largely unknown period of devotion in Bruce Haack’s life. Assembled from 218 raw 1/4” tapes, Preservation Tapes is comprised of 100% unreleased material ranging from deep groove, bubbly synth-pop, instrumental synth explorations, experimental tidbits and a heartwarming crooner ballad. 


Patrick says: Telephone Explosion hook us up with a selection of previously unheard works from idiosyncratic synth oddball Bruce Haack. Though the tracks on this set were mostly recorded for a Christian music label, the vocoded lyrics and opiated synth arrangement suggest something altogether more arcane. Mindbending stuff!


1. When Mothers Of Salem
2. Party Machine (Original Version)
3. Little Things
4. Untitled 4
5. Untitled 1
6. Jesus Loves Me
7. Untitled 2
8. Untitled 5
9. Untitled 3
10. God Be With You

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