lunedì 14 settembre 2020
Luis La Bamba,
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02) With A Hip
03) Show of Strength
07) The Disease
08) All I Want
09) Read It in Books
10) A Promise
11) All That Jazz
12) Villiers Terrace
13) No Dark Things
14) Heaven Up Here
15) Over the Wall
16) Do It Clean
Wow is right…direct from Chris’ master cassette…a true GEM…
A perfect mix, and amazing set supporting ‘Heaven Up Here’…it really doesn’t get much better than this…the definitive edition, toss out all others…
I was lucky enough to develop a pretty solid virtual friendship with Chris Metzler, and seemingly was able to succeed where many others have not: getting him to open up his vast collection of recorded material to digitally transfer. The many requests he received over the years were impossible to fulfill, and he honestly felt badly about ‘hoarding’, but there was little way to oblige all of them over the decades of taping, trading, and collecting
Perhaps Chris saw in me the chance to get his tapes transferred for himself, and also out to the many folks who had requested them since his last trading days many moons ago...
What we have in Chris’ collection is a brilliant snapshot of the Portland \ Eugene \ Corvallis, Oregon scene in the early to mid-1980’s. Then, after a prolific spell taping his favorite bands in and around Portland, Chris scored a job working for Touch’n’Go sister label Blast First Records out of the UK. He became label support for Band of Susans, and worked closely with many of the stalwarts during the heyday of that label.
Chris has also worked closely with many other bands, in various capacities; including Wire and Nick Cave (at Mute Records); the Buzzcocks, after their reformation in 1989; as well as many, many others…far too many to mention. This series does not even begin to scratch the surface of his collection; much of which is privately recorded and cannot be released to the public without the bands’ permissions. Still, what has been offered up is a pretty amazing collection of recordings, and certainly will bring to light a wealth of new material as well as many upgrades which have remained elusive for a long time.