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Mars

3E / 11,000 Volts

    Reissue of the 1978 debut 7" by Mars, one of the essential bands from New York's no wave scene.

    "A cavernous musical universe riddled with eerie sound storms whose poisoned atmosphere seduced and threatened. Obtuse and unforgiving. Sickly sexy." - Lydia Lunch.

    The Valves

    Robot Love / For Adolfs' Only

      Facsimile reissue of The Valves' debut 7" from 1977, a classic of the late 70s Scottish scene straddling the line between high energy rock & roll and punk. Edinburgh four-piece The Valves were active between 1977 and 1979, playing live extensively and releasing a total of three singles. Straddling the line between high energy rock & roll and punk, their debut 7", 'Robot Love' / 'For Adolfs' Only', was the first release on Bruce Findlay's Zoom Records and has become a classic of the late 70s Scottish scene, reissued here for the first time in a facsimile vinyl edition.

      Jonathan Richman

      Sa

        "SA" is the new brilliant chapter in Jonathan Richman's life in music. This raga-inspired album contains all Jonathan is renowned for: wonderfully engaging songs full of warmth, love, honesty, poetry and his one-of-a-kind artistry. Co-produced by Jonathan Richman, Jerry Harrison (The Modern Lovers, Talking Heads) and Nicole Montalbano.

        The Belairs

        Mr Moto

          The story of The Belairs started in 1959 in Southern California, more precisely in South Bay, Los Angeles. The first line-up consisted of Eddie Bertrand (guitar), Paul Johnson (guitar), Chas Stuart (saxophone), Richard Delvy (drums) and Jim Roberts (piano). They were descendant of the Bohemian tradition of the Beatnik culture, which was, musically speaking, more attuned with the cool jazz than the nascent rock & roll.

          At the time, surf music (or surf culture in general) was on its first steps: surf boards, flirting with the girls, dancing in the ballrooms, the love of cars, cruising the boulevards... Instrumental music fusing early rock & roll with Middle Eastern, Mexican and Hawaiian rootsy touches was the order of the day. Playing melodic fast scales and dealing closely with the use of reverb, it was a truly innovative sound. Artists such as Dick Dale, The Ventures and Duane Eddy hit the venues and airwaves.

          In this context, in the first months of 1960, the two school kids Eddie Bertrand and Paul Johnson were giving birth to their trademark dual guitar sound and propelling each other’s instruments in rhythm and dialogue. Creating a unique sound to make their strings “reverberate”, the duo composed their first songs.

          The band signed with a label called Arvee, which put out the superb single ‘Mr Moto’ in 1961, an instrumental surf rock song with a flamenco-inspired intro backed by ‘Little Brown Jug’, a jazzy-rock & roller-swing marked by reverbing guitars on the flip side. Their sound didn’t have – at least during their first phase – a bass player. For one reason or another, the bass-less structure worked very well in their favour, giving a special character to all the guitar nuances. They also considered using vocals, but it never happened properly.

          Their short and successful career (not exactly in terms of ground-breaking sales but in opening all doors for other surf sound groups and packing up venues up to their roof) was destined to produce only one more official single, however with a different line up. Their second 45, ‘Volcanic Action’ / ‘Runaway’ (included here), was not even officially released – apart from a number of promotional copies. Then, the band had some line-up changes, including – for the first time – a bass player named Steve Lotto, and new members like the drummer Dickie Dodd and the guitarist Art Fisher.

          The LP includes four tracks from a recording session at Gold Star studios in Hollywood which took place while The Belairs were without a record label. Songs like the propulsive ‘Chiflado’ (featuring the services of bass player Steve Lotto and lovely sax flourishes by Chaz Stuart), the very danceable rock & roll ‘Duck Waddle’, the swinging jazzy ‘The Shimmy’ and the hypnotic ‘Squad Car’ (with fantastic “siren” counterpoints made by Chaz blowing his saxophone mouthpiece) prove the quality of the band’s repertoire.

          Then, late in ‘63, the instrumental fever gave its way to the explosion of the vocal surf music and the glories and success of the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, The Trashmen, The Rivieras, The Challengers (who featured Paul Johnson plus Richard Delvy and Art Fisher, two other Belairs) and even more popsters such as Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon and Fabian mixing the surf aura in a more pop and commercial approach.

          Curiously, Johnson was invited to be part of The Beach Boys, but he declined the offer. He stayed firm with his convictions and unique sound surf waves. In a short reflection he concludes: “It is very gratifying to be remembered for my tunes and performances, etc. I am also very happy to see that the genre carries on with so many excellent new bands, and that the music is continuing to evolve”.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

          The Detroit Cobras

          Original Recordings 1995-1997

            Reissue. Gatefold sleeve. Limited pressing. Munster Records proudly presents a compilation of the very first three 7" singles of the great and mighty DETROIT COBRAS, along with no less than NINE previously unreleased studio tracks of the same early days, by the original line-up! Available on vinyl LP, complete with a fantastic essay about the band's beginnings, pics etc. 

            The Wire "office ambience" - Dec 2018

            New volume of Mattin's "Songbook" series, one of the most interesting works in the current experimental, improv and noise field. Layers of avant-garde tradition culminate into a set of songs that go beyond themselves. In times of increasing desperation here emerges a strange record: a disintegrated manifesto exploring the truth of disagreement.

            "Songbook #7" digs into some of the most important issues today: dissolution and disappointment of the social fabric, the rise of fascism, lack of coherence in a collective vision for the future and the shortcomings of democracy in a capitalist system. These times feel like being stuck in a gif, and here the response is to look for different understandings of time and history. If you want some musical references you can imagine one of those collaborations between Red Crayola and Art and Language if it was produced by Roberta Settels.

            Volume 1 of Munster's in-depth survey of synth music created in Spain during the 1980s. From chart-friendly techno pop to obscure experimental acts, these 20 tracks reflect a fast-moving decade and music scene. TodoTodo, Oviformia SCI, Ultima Emocion, WAQ, Justine, Septimo Sello, Laneas Aereas, MD, Lavabos Iturriaga, Vocoder, Metal y Ca, La Mode, Aviador Dro, Kalashnikov, Tomates Electricos, Metropakt, El Humano Mecano, Disero Corbusier, Los Iniciados, Bola/Banda Electronica. 

            Johnny Farfisa

            The Sky Is Falling - The Best Of Johnny Farfisa

              Obscure 1965-1968 recordings, most of them previously unreleased, by The Individuals, The Tokays and Euphorian Railway, bands which featured Andy Cahan aka Johnny Farfisa as main songwriter and organ player.

              Over those three years, Cahan and his teenage bandmates produced a remarkable set of R&B/garage/blue-eyed soul tracks of outstanding quality, collected here for the first time.

              Growing up in the town of New Rochelle, New York, young Andy Cahan got his kicks making horror films using an 8mm movie camera and a Wollensak tape recorder. But Cahan was also a gifted piano player with a good musical ear. Like thousands of American kids, his life changed forever on February 9, 1964 - the day The Beatles debuted on the Ed Sullivan Show. "I was totally amazed at these four guys who could sing and play perfectly and had awesome haircuts, matching suits and very cool boots," he says.

              His first surf band The Jaguars became The Tokays, named after a brand of sweet white Hungarian wine. The group started to play some of Andy's original material, inspired by The Beatles and other British invaders like The Zombies and The Dave Clark Five. One of those tracks, the plaintive minor-key ballad 'Where Young Lovers Go', is included here, a remarkably mature effort for a bunch of 17-year-old kids. "Reno Franze and Richie Struts were the lead singers, Sandy Reiner was on drums, Larry Kramer on guitar, and I played the grand piano and organ. There was no bass."

              Soon after, Andy made an important change. "The Beatles all played guitars, so I had to either learn guitar or, since I already was a piano/organ player, emulate Mike Smith of The Dave Clark Five with his red Vox organ. That's when I traded my old Thomas organ for the new Farfisa Combo Compact red organ. After opening the factory package on the living room floor and setting it up, I immediately assumed the stance that Mike Smith had. I purchased Beatle boots, as did my band buddies, and we changed the name to The Individuals."

              By this time Richie Struts had left the group. The Individuals worked hard and soon began making a name for themselves. "We rehearsed every day until we were so good that we won three separate Battle of the Bands contests in New Rochelle and other cities in Westchester County, New York." The group also found time to go into the studio in 1965 and 1966 to record demos - most of which can be heard on this album. The tough Farfisa-led garage rocker 'She's Gone Away' is one of the highlights. With its memorable guitar and organ hook and haunting vocal melody, 'I Don't Play' is one of the band's strongest compositions from this period. In the studio they tried several different approaches, one with an overdubbed 12-string guitar, and another - designated the 'soul version' - with Reno doing a moody spoken vocal. Another standout is the hard-driving 'The Sky Is Falling'.

              The Individuals broke up around 1967 when Larry Kramer elected to go to college rather than pursue music full-time. Andy, Sandy and Reno reconfigured as The Boys in Dutch, adding Jerry Delesio on guitar, and gigged across the New York area throughout 1967. After that band ran its course, Andy decided to start a new project, Euphorian Railway, with Reno on lead vocals, Vinny Derminity on guitar and vocals, Ken Lennington on bass and vocals, and Frank McConville on drums.

              Euphorian Railway went into the studio in March 1968 and in one five-hour session cut an album's worth of original material. Five tracks are featured here, including a powerful remake of 'The Sky Is Falling', along with dynamic new material like 'She Showed Me'. The influence of The Rascals is strong, especially in Reno's impassioned Eddie Brigati like vocals, but Cahan's electric harpsichord provides some distinctive touches, especially on the psychedelically-inclined 'On My Way To The Sun'.

              The band was short-lived. In the summer of 1968 Cahan relocated to Los Angeles, where he quickly made a name for himself as a keyboard player and arranger, working with such people as Graham Bond, Dr John, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Harry Nilsson and Flo & Eddie of The Turtles. He was also a founding member of Geronimo Black, along with ex-Mothers Jimmy Carl Black, Denny Walley and Bunk and Buzz Gardner, and one-time Love member Tjay Contrelli.

              As for his Johnny Farfisa alias, that originated with David Gibson of Moxie Records, who in 1980 released a seven-inch EP of The Individuals' mid-60s recordings titled "Johnny Farfisa's Greatest Hits": "He was the one who gave me the name Johnny Farfisa from the idea of combining Johnny Rotten and my Farfisa organ!".

              Teenage Filmstars

              (There's A) Cloud Over Liverpool

                THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                RSD 2014 exclusive.

                First vinyl reissue of the recordings of Teenage Filmstars, one of the early bands of maverick pop artisan Ed Ball, also a member of 'O' Level, Television Personalities and The Times.

                Munster Records presents, in a co-release with Discos Alehop!, the three official singles of the British band Teenage Film Stars reissued on vinyl for the first time: '(There's A) Cloud Over Liverpool' (Clockwork Records), 'The Odd Man Out' (Wessex Records/Blueprint Records) and 'I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape' (Fab Listening Records). After self-releasing two records with his band 'O' Level, in 1979 Ed Ball continued the path of 60s-influenced new wave pop already present in that band's 'The Malcolm EP' (1978), now under the name Teenage Filmstars. In this new adventure he was accompanied by his school friends Dan Treacy and Joe Foster (both members of Television Personalities). With their help Ball released a first single inSeptember 1979 featuring two songs: the A side is taken by '(There's A) Cloud Over Liverpool' (a tremendous chorus-song ) and the B side contained 'Sometimes Good Guys Don't Follow Trends' (a comment on youth culture). The song '(There's A) Cloud Over Liverpool' received support by John Peel and reached certain fame in the UK and the United States, where it was interpreted as an homage to John Lennon.

                This compilation also includes two tracks never released on vinyl until now which were recorded in April 1979, in the style of 'O' Level: 'He's A Professional' (antimilitary punk-pop) and the folk-punk anthem 'The John Peel March', dedicated to the legendary BBC radio host and great supporter of new bands. This retrospective is completed with a recording session dated in November 1980 which produced three tracks ('Storybook Beginnings', 'Dressing Up For The Cameras' and 'The Sun Never Sets') which further explore the power pop-mod sound that Ed Ball would develop in his next band The Times.

                Five years after its completion, Munster is very proud to present the third and final full length by Danny & The Nightmares, described by Daniel Johnston as his "best album ever!"

                It had been close to a year since they had gotten together to play music. The Nightmares set up in Danny's garage and pressed record. Danny had a couple of ideas for songs. After those were played through, a few more songs came forth. When the music was over and they listened to play-back, they realized they had recorded a core of songs to constitute a new album. Never knowing which end of the compass they might bend in any particular night of playing, Danny and the Nightmares recorded everything. Over the years they recorded on micro-cassettes, reel to reel, boom boxes, and a four track recorder. This time they had recorded on a digital machine. Over those years they had kept it close. They played and recorded at the Haunted House, or in Danny's garage. With snickers and grins, they knew they had a strong enough set of songs to elaborate on what they had recorded. They toted the machine to a string quartet. As they stood outside, they smiled while listening to the strings layering the songs.

                Danny and the Nightmares then returned to a couple of unfinished songs that weren't sitting still in the balance when they had submitted what was to become "Freak Brain". With the capacities of the new machine, they also decided to rework a couple of songs that had already been released, and struck in the excitement, recorded a couple more new numbers. In more spells of revelry came another album, the "Death of Satan".

                It has been five years since the album was completed. Daniel has mentioned it in interviews while promoting his solo career, stoking the curiosity of some his fans. The distracters claim that Danny and the Nightmares are not good for Daniel's image. Conversely, some fans have claimed that what he does with Danny and the Nightmares is like an 'alter ego' to his other work. It is tough to argue with his lyrics, "My friends really are the best in me." That is pretty much what it is, three friends that Rock 'N' Rolled when they could. If the album is good enough for them, well, they are obliged to share it. Danny and the Nightmares is "dead". The Death of Satan is their third and final full length album

                Young Fresh Fellows

                I Don't Think This Is.....The Young Fresh Fellows

                Seattle most-loved rockers and the reverends of the irreverent the Young Fresh Fellows are back with "I Don't Think This Is...", their first full album since 2001, and 25 years since the release of their ground-breaking first LP, "Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest". Before grunge and way before indie was so indie, Fellows Scott McCaughey, Kurt Bloch, Tad Hutchison and Jim Sangster were issuing their signature shotgun blasts of punk energy and wry lyricism. And, against all odds, still are! Produced by Robyn Hitchcock, frequent collaborator of Scott McCaughey on The Venus 3, this brand new album is a compendium of punk, 70s rock and 60s pop, from the propulsive guitar rawk of "Shake Your Magazines" and "After Suicide," to the psych-tinged melancholy of "The Guilty Ones" and "Never Turning Back Again." With "I Dont Think This Is...", the YFF remind us that two guitars, bass and drums, plus a barrel of beer is still the perfect recipe for success. Or maybe failure. But that's cool.

                The Detroit Cobras

                Original Recordings 1995-1997

                Licensed from the band (and their lawyers etc etc.)!! Munster Records proudly presents a compilation of the very first three 7" singles of the mighty Detroit Cobras, along with no less than nine previously unreleased studio tracks of the same early days by the original line-up!! All complete with a fantastic essay about the band's beginnings, pics etc.

                FORMAT INFORMATION

                Box set Info: Very limited edition box set edition, features 6x7"s all in picture sleeves in a nice hard box.

                Fleshtones

                Blast Off

                  220 gram vinyl!! Garage punk authority from the late 70’s. This is the legendary group’s first album. Originally unearthed and released as a cassette only by ROIR label in 1982. Now licensed by the superb Munster label to highlight the very early years of this kick-ass NY band!


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