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The Heads

Reverberations Vol. 2

    Cardinal Fuzz / Rooster are pleased to bring to you the latest volume in the Reverberations series – 'The Heads – Reverberations Volume 2'. This time we dive into The Heads archives for the Reverberations Series to bring you The Heads recorded live at the Thekla (6th December 2001) as part of the ‘The Gnostic Bash: A Tribute to Kenneth Anger'. This was part of a tribute programme (which included a performance of John Zorn and others playing to Anger’s ‘Magick Lantern Cycle at the Anthology Film Archives in New York) to help raise money for Anger’s long- cherished ambition to make a film of Aleister Crowley's Gnostic Mass, and documentary film-maker Jon Ausbrooks' then work in progress documentary about Anger, ‘Inside the Eye of Scorpio Rising’.

    Sean Cook was tasked with putting a bill of artists together in which bands played to a partial recreation of Anger’s ‘Equinox of the Gods’ a live film of The Magick Powerhouse Of Oz band who featured Bobby Beausoleil (later imprisoned for life for the Manson Family-related murder of Gary Hinman). The energy captured within these grooves here is extraordinary; for over 40 minutes (with no breaks to catch your breath and get your head together) you are treated to primo Heads in full flight.

    This two track performance starts with an utterly mind destroying version of k.r.t that lasts for near on 30 minutes. Playing to a back drop of Anger screenings and a barrage of strobes and smoke The Heads create an effect akin to your head been sucked through time and space and turned inside out – and that is before we even get to the grande finale of ‘Spliff Riff’ – a relentless onslaught that has you picking your head off the floor only for it to be sucked straight back down again. Take a deep breath, dive in and grin.

    The Heads

    Vertigo Swill

      Cardinal Fuzz / Rooster are pleased to bring to you for your listening pleasure – The Heads ‘Vertigo Swill’. Previously available as a CDr release via The Heads own archives and compiled by Paul A. Allen from recordings The Heads made between 1994-2002 (rehearsal room, live and a remix). What we have here are is a maelstrom of Heads music that feels like the bastard child of that mix tape you made of long forgotten freaky Krautrock and 60s garage music, cut up and feed through a Chrome like blender. Over two heavy sides of vinyl be ready for a disorientating blast of these Heady Heads at play as Paul Allen runs his fingers down you spine to access your melting plastic brain as full on wah meltdowns segue into experimental tone generators all intercut with words of wisdom from H.O.Morgan & Simon Price. Not for the faint of heart. 

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: 500 Pressing. Heavy Black Vinyl. Gloss Laminated Outer Sleeve.

      The newest outing here from Manchester stalwarts Crocodile Records with the brilliant new 7" from 'Duncan Reid And The Big Heads'. On the A-side we get the trebly pop-punk power and octaved vocal harmonies of 'Kelly's Gone Insane', equal parts single-note surf guitar and fuzzy muted power chords, all topped with crackling Wurlitzer organ squeals. Flip over and (depending on wether you keep it at 45rpm like I did or switch things down to the decidedly less chipmunky but technically correct 33 1/3) you get the equally catchy 'Pretty Little Rachel', all throbbing muted guitar and that unmistakeable but brilliantly implimented power-punk chord sequence, growing from a compact punky snarl into a full-force anthemic Buzzcocks groove. 

      Last up, and 'Baby Baby' veers much more towards the rock-n-roll doo-wop side of things, with bluesy guitar pulses and flickering guitar trills, accentuated with 'aah's' and 'ooh's' abound. A fittingly catchy end to a brilliantly engineered trio of pieces, and a great outing for Duncan Reid and The Big Heads. 

       

      The Heads

      Relaxing With... (Remastered)

      “Relaxing With…” is the first Heads album, its reissue, remastered and boosted with extras has been a long time coming: Rooster is mightily proud to announce its release at last.

      The Heads had self-released a couple of 7”’, and then Cargo Uk’s inhouse label Headhunter UK got to release a further 7”, and then the Debut album in 1996. Amidst a world suffocating in Britpop smarm, the Heads cut a timely swathe with their unkempt rock psychedelique. The album contained 10 tracks of guitar driven, amp destroying rock, with cues taken straight from the US underground, Stooges, MC5, Mudhoney, Pussy Galore, early Monster Magnet too but with a distinctly British stamp, some of the drone and fuzz from Loop / Spacemen 3, some of the attitude of the Fall, Pink Fairies and Walking Seeds and overlaid with the spaced rock of early Hawkwind. It was obvious that the four members of the Heads were music obsessives.

      The debut album was recorded at Foel studios (owned by Dave Anderson from Hawkwind) and engineered by Corin Dingley, it was mastered by John Dent at LOUD. For this reissue, the album has been kept on disc one in its entirety, and remastered by Shawn Joseph (he mastered their second album) and Simon Price, with the 'bonus' disc featuring unreleased tracks (including Spliff Riff from 1991) , all the early singles tracks, a selection of their Radcliffe / Radio One Rock Show session tracks, and their first John Peel session in its entirety. The artwork has been re-tooled and expanded excessively and obsessively by longtime art collaborator Johnny O with Simon Price to collate an appreciation of the Heads penned by a former tour manager, and dozens of fliers, unseen photos, clippings etc.

      A 27 track 2CD release / 10 track vinyl release that confirms the Heads status as 'a national treasure'. Released on the band's own Rooster imprint, and with all material available digitally for the first time.

      Fans of modern day psychedelic purveyors like Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips, La Otracina, Birds of Maya, Magic Lantern, and the likes should give this a listen.

      The Heads

      Relaxing With (RSD 2017 Version)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2017 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        Vinyl of this reissue went out of stock within 6 months of its re-release in 2012,, so now, in the Month of its 21st Anniversary (it was indeed, released in the midst of Britplop in April 1996), the band have repressed it on blue vinyl for RSD. In an attempt to keep it in print and not see it go for £50+ on nefarious auctioneering sites. Fresh cut by Shawn Joseph, incredible art redux from Johnny O, and with MP3 DL code / FLAC DL code. "Relaxing With?" is the first Heads album, its reissue, remastered and boosted with extras has been a long time coming: Rooster is mightily proud to announce its release at last.. The Heads had self-released a couple of 7"', and then Cargo Uk's inhouse label Headhunter UK got to release a further 7", and then the Debut album in 1996. Amidst a world suffocating in Britpop smarm, the Heads cut a timely swathe with their unkempt rock psychedelique. The album contained 10 tracks of guitar driven, amp destroying rock, with cues taken straight from the US underground, Stooges, MC5, Mudhoney, Pussy Galore, early Monster Magnet too but with a disitinctly British stamp, some of the drone and fuzz from Loop / Spacemen 3, some of the attitude of the Fall, Pink Fairies and Walking Seeds and overlaid with the spaced rock of early Hawkwind. It was obvious that the four members of the Heads were music obsessives. The debut album was recorded at Foel studios (owned by Dave Anderson from Hawkwind) and engineered by Corin Dingley, it was mastered by John Dent at LOUD. For this reissue, the album was remastered by Shawn Joseph, Theres the full 2CD complement on the DL codes / this time theres a FLAC version too.. A release that confirms the Heads status as " a national treasure".

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        Coloured LP Info: 1000 NUMBERED TRANSPARENT BLUE VINYL. Individually numbered 1-1000.

        The Heads

        Enten Eller

          Five tracks taken from 2 sessions in the Circle in the Square rehearsal space. 3 of these tracks including the 20 min 'Or' were taken from a rehearsal 'gig' with an audience of just 3 (The Heads uber fans Dave Cambridge, Mark Lascelles and Dave Tuckwell).

          Recorded by Simon Price in 2005 these tracks see The Heads at their most raw and intense when the band were at their loudest battling for volume space. The other two tracks from 2010 are taken from some of the final sessions within the rehearsal space with jams based on a Heads lp that never happened. Comped and edited by Paul Allen and originally released on very limited cdr back in 2012 Enten Eller finally gets a release on vinyl, remastered for vinyl by Shawn Joseph. with the original artwork on a gatefold sleeve.

          Retail Edition 250 copies black, worldwide!!

          The Rolling Stones

          Out Of Our Heads

            There are six different tracks to the US version, and although there are three Jagger/Richards songs there’s only one group written song, meaning this, in marked contrast to the US version of the album, has a preponderance of covers on it. There is not a hit single on the album, which probably accounts for it failing to become the band’s third number one in succession on the UK album charts, although it was not unusual at this time for artists to release albums without including their singles.

            Get Well Soon

            The Scarlet Beast O'Seven Heads - Bonus Tracks Edition

            'Get Well Soon are one of Germany’s most prolific bands of the decade and certainly the most extravagant!

            We would even go further and claim, that Konstantin Gropper is the Caspar David Friedrich of his generation; strictly musically speaking, of course. In case you don’t know, Friedrich was the most important romantic painter of the 19th century. Similarly, Konstantin’s musical vehicle, Get Well Soon is best known for its hugely romantic, allegorical songs, full of drama, morning mist and night skies. No gothic ruins though.

            Their new album ‘The Scarlet Beast O'Seven Heads’ is one of the most sophisticated pop albums of the year. The album features 13 new, wildly imaginative and of course opulently arranged songs. It is, in certain moments, a colourful and beautiful nod to the genre we know as ‘Cinema Italiano’ (think Nino Rota or Argento), though these masters of the strange, wild and adventurous are just one of the 3,227 inspirations that went into the making of this new ornate Get Well Soon masterpiece.'

            Hands On Heads' debut release proper is this split 10" with their friends The Sticks. It's a meeting of messed up minds that documents a shared surpise at the expressive freedom pop music can yield, when it's adventurous and playful, and creating it's own thinking party sound. The spooked lyricism and frantic spontaneity of Hands On Heads' music perfectly complements the heartfelt gooey blues of The Sticks, which leaks from the brake cables of this clattering runaway train of a record. These are two bands writing their own future in their awkward, instinctual yet ever-involving compositions, and that daring bridge of kinship is the rationale for them to share these two sides of wax.


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