Ok. I know this breaks a lot of the rules in terms of “blogging etiquette” but I don’t really care. I got the mp3s posted here from two different sites, but for the sake of having three John Bender LPs in one location, I thought that I’d re-post them here.
So, here’s John Bender’s “I Don’t Remember Now” thanks to Yarrost.
Well, judging by the number of downloads of the first John Bender album that I posted, I figured I would go ahead and post the other LP that I have. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything else by him… but if someone else does, please pass it on. I’d be more than happy to use my web-space and put it online if you’re in the sharing mood too….
Coming maybe next month… The Fruit of the Original Sin—a pretty cool artsy compilation from maybe the early 1980s with bands like DNA, The Durutti Column, and the French Impressionists and a lot of even more artsy poetry/spoken word stuff from people like Winston Tong (of Tuxedomoon) and W. S. Burroughs….
As before, comments/feedback are much appreciated and help me decide whether I should bother doing this type of stuff….
Among the mass of records in my grandfather’s music library, there was a record by Mark Lane with a relatively local address (I was in Santa Barbara, the record label was in Ventura—just a half hour away). I thought I would check it out and see what it was all about, and it turned out to be some pretty cool electronic minimalism….
Anyway, a friend of mine told me that he has at least heard that this recording has been re-released, but even so, it seems to be a bit of a rarity, so if you do listen to this and end up liking it, see if you can hunt down the re-release too. I’m sure it’s worth it.
To my knowledge, Mark Lane has made a few more recordings, but I’ve never heard any of them, so I can’t attest to their quality, but this mini-LP is overall pretty good.
This post represents the first installment of old out-of-print vinyl-to-mp3 downloads being put online. I figured that I would start with John Bender, because back when I had my list of mp3s online, he was one of the most requested artist.
And who blames people for asking! The records have long been out of print and are fetching stupid prices that go well above $200 for a copy. I do sort of keep my eyes open for whether it has been reissued or not, but at the moment, it doesn’t seem like it, so I’m thinking of starting a series of postings which will put some of my out-of-print collection online (that which I have with me, of course—I left most of it behind in the States)
This record is overall a pretty cool early electronic record. I don’t know if John Bender actually influenced any current electronic artists, but you can certainly hear that he was doing some pretty cool stuff in the late 1970s and early 1980s that still sort of stands up well today….
These recordings were taken from vinyl and went straight to my HiMD recorder in the high-quality setting. I didn’t bother split up the tracks, but if you go to my Vinyl to HiMD collection and view Disc 7, you can get an the track listing and a small version of the cover.