8.07.2011

The Remains

Released in 1985 on the Fan Club division of the French New Rose record label, this double disc is packaged in bright yellow with a gatefold and superb liner notes/memories by J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf along with additional information by Remains bassist Vern Miller. With a whopping 28 tracks, it is seven cuts deeper than the 1991 Epic/Legacy re-release, at least five of those bonus tracks from the Capitol Records demos included here, material released on Sundazed in 1996 as Session With the Remains. The inner sleeve contains songwriter credits as well as the year, studio, and city where each tune was recorded as well as information on who produced each track. It is really exquisite, and sounds great to boot. The eternal debate from those who saw the band in their heyday opening for the Beatles in 1966 is "what if they had been recorded properly." William Briggs III said that he felt the Session With the Remains CD did capture that spirit. "Talking 'Bout You" certainly has a groove, while "Hang On Sloopy" is one of those fly-on-the-wall kind of moments, the band displaying much more of that garage aura than is revealed on the cut from the classic Nuggets compilation, "Don't Look Back," though that track helped perpetuate their legend. Peter Wolf's 1985 letter on the back cover giving the band credit for "power and control" of amplification, comparing them to the Who, is worth the price of admission. Wolf should know; Barry Tashian lived in the same apartment complex and was present when the former Peter Blankfield recorded the famous "bathroom tapes" of his own band, the Hallucinations. The essay by Vern Miller Jr. sheds even more light on the group history, noting that one of the songs here, Gram Parsons' "Luxury Liner," was recorded in Long Island during a brief 1976 reunion. For collectors of vinyl and hardcore fans of the band, of which there are many, this one is essential.

BIG THANKS TO THE DR THAT DID IT AGAIN ! ! !
Huuuuurrreeeyyy, hurrey its a perfect holi-day ! 

Now ah...dont look back-

31 comments:

The Bomber said...

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=5I86GQMC

Georgie Hirezola said...

You remind me of the most stupid thing I've ever done in my life when I sold this album for just a couple of bucks ... in the early 00's...a brand new copy!
It is probably their best collection that has ever released, very rare now and furthermore if I remember correctly it has a great sound far better than the new Sundazed & Epic shits!!!
A true diamond...
My best wishes as always...
Georgie+++

anna van anna said...

I have the 1991 release and the Session With The Remains, and they're pure diamond, but not this one, thank you so much for posting it. I really want to buy the disc because of the book, but it's impossible to find it here (Spain)... Session with the Remains is great, with very great moments (Say you're sorry - my favourite one, yes it captures that spirit William Briggs III talked about ;))

Thanks for the link!!

Dr. Funkenstein said...

@Anna Van Anna. Puesto que yo soy también de españa, te diré que no es tan imposible de encontrar, pues el disco es de un sello francés y hay bastantes copias por la peninsula, aunque en el norte mucho más facil. si tienes paciencia, lo encontraras no muy caro (me salió a 25 euros en condiciones Near-mint).

For the rest, I hope you will enjoy this one, a truly full-of-gems compilation. I forgot to include the cover art in the rar archive so if somebody wants it, here are the front and back scans and the labels of the discs:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=H3A7EU0T
Greetings!

anna van anna said...

Muchas gracias, voy a seguir buscando entonces, vivo en Madrid y aqui no lo he encontrado aun en las tiendas que tengo capisqueadas... pero seguro que no habrá problema si lo mando a pedir. 25 euros no está nada mal. Un saludo!

Dr. Funkenstein said...

En Madrid prueba en Discos La Metralleta, Sinfonia Discos o Discos Killers. También pueden tener alguna recopilación similar en el rastro, una vez estuve en una tiendita muy chula que tenian mucho garage y 60's reeditado, pero no te se decir la calle exacta (se que era cerquita de la plaza de cascorro). aunque lo que vi en el rastro, en general, era todo bastante timo a no ser que encuentes alguna joyita tipo esta reco.

The Bomber said...

@Van Anna / Dr Funk :
Realmente la calidad de este siempre me sorprendio, además del set arrollador los muchachos le ponen toda la violencia.

@Georgie : we ve all done stupid things in the past rightcha ? Well, but at least you have a great collection of brand new (remastered) n rare cds ! ! !

Bye bay oll !

asomedayfool said...

great album, nice to see that you're still active!!

leonardo said...

GRACIAS POR COMPARTIR ...ESTA EXCELENTE MÚSICA...SALUDOS...DESDE CHILE.....

Daniel said...

"Error de CRC en back.jpg. El fichero está dañado".

Dr Faustroll said...

Sure the BEST garage band I've ever heard, their tunes make me turn into the bloody garage fan I am now...

@ Georgie Hirezola: Try the Sundazed 2LPs mono version, which is as good as this one

GREAT POST !!!

King Of Soul said...

Up there with the best garage bands. They stand out. What went wrong?!
King of Soul

Frank M. Young said...

thanks for this! much appreciated as ever!

stupiddle said...

Dear Pablo,

I just reread your 5.28 post & noted the Dedication added since I last visited there. That was so sweet of you! Here is another word of thanks for so eloquently explaining your intention. Love is not something that we should have to ask for in return for love given. Neither is the favor of a friend in taking the time & energy to provide gifts to share. The music blogs are the new dusty record stores, so few of which remain. Future generations will rely on digital entertainment such as these relics preserved by collectors such as yourself. Not everyone understands or cares & your patience for the former & forgiveness of the latter is to be commended. Of course no one expects to produce such a labor of love & go unrewarded. Take these many thanks & please know that we love you, not just for what you share, but for why you do it.

stu

anna van anna said...

Totally agree with the comment above - beautiful and true words, sometimes we forget the enormous gift you're doing to us!

Saludos!

Roadrunner said...

Fantastico! estos eran grandes de verdad uno de mis preferidos por siempre, muy buena compilación hicieron los fans, igual te digo que venis muy lento che..activa un poco narizota jajaja.

Saludos

The Bomber said...

Hi Stu ! you still remember that right ? =)
Well thats very kind of you, really.

That was (& still) all true. And its very nice reading all of you again. Its great to know you appreciate this, the FunkY Dr made it again !

I love you all guys too ! really made my day ! (again!)

Wish you a very nice day oll.

Pablo-

The Bomber said...

RR, viejo realmente los muchachos le daban duro y parejo, si me tengo que violentar con los posts y meterle como hice alguna vez: DURO DURO DURO !

Te mando saludos y SUERTE hoy con el fuchibol-

Roadrunner said...

Che no me llegan las respuestas de ningun comentario que dejo por ahi en los blogs, la que escribo yo si, pero las respuestas no, supongo que me deseaste suerte antes del partido, bueno ya ganamos hace dos dias..gracias igual!!! jajajaa.

Duro hijo duro!

PD: mañana entro para saber si me contestaste. Abrazote

Anonymous said...

Just copy comments by stupiddle & anna van anna. THANK YOU.
Kostas, Greece

The Bomber said...

Thanks Kostas !

The Hawk said...

Thank you bomber!

Anonymous said...

Many many thanks ! I've got the vinyl version !

Anonymous said...

...damn!! this is a vinyl rip....

Douglas said...

THANK YOU!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'll have to check this out. The obsessive-compulsive editor of '70s fanzine Blitz used to wax absurdly about this, using a vocabulary that was awkward at best. Good 'zine to look up for garage band interviews and stuff, but McDowell's writing could edge into the looney bin at times. Although if this record really is that good, maybe I can understand that enthusiasm.

The Bomber said...

Here you have a real deal ! not only the record its GREAT/superb, but the enthusiasm and the good "violence" these guys used to played was & is: unique.

After hearing gimme some love about what you think-

Howdy

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