Dienstag, 3. März 2020

Opal - Early Recordings

The wonderful composer and guitarist David Roback died on February 24, 2020 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 61. May he rest in peace!

The neo-psychedelic group Opal formed in the mid-'80s, featuring former Rain Parade guitarist David Roback and former Dream Syndicate bassist Kendra Smith. Initially, the group was called Clay Allison, but the group dropped the name after one single; Roback, Smith, and drummer Keith Mitchell released the remaining Clay Allison tracks under their own name in 1984 on the "Fell From the Sun" EP. After its release, the group adopted the name Opal and released an EP, "Northern Line", in 1985.

"Early Recordings'"is a collection of songs by David Roback and Kendra Smith that date from 1983-1987; they were released under both the Opal and Clay Allison band monikers.

While Opal's "Happy Nightmare Baby" is more representative of the group's richly textured brand of neo-psychedelia, the stripped-down "Early Recordings" compilation is an even better example of David Roback and Kendra Smith's remarkable songcraft.

Released in the wake of the group's breakup, the album collects the majority of tracks from the "Fell From the Sun" and "Northern Line" EPs, along with a handful of outtakes and unreleased cuts, all spotlighting Opal's more subdued, acoustic-folk side. Peeling away the mystical haze which enshrouded "Happy Nightmare Baby", the songs are plaintive and stark, exposing the emotional complexity at the band's core - the wistful "Empty Box Blues" and the haunting "Harriet Brown," both previously unissued, are unmatched in their beauty and grace.

Opal - Early Recordings
(256 kbps, front cover included)

4 Kommentare:

Anonym hat gesagt…

Very cool. Thank you

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zero hat gesagt…

You are welcome!

Certifiablockhead hat gesagt…

a wonderful surprise, thank you...

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