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Classification: 4CD Bookback Set
Label: Fire Records
This is a 4 CD boxset/booklet of the first 4 Glass Records Jazz Butcher albums.
Abus Dangereux #144 (France), 2017
A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed Big Bad Thing: A Few Words About The Fine New Jazz Butcher Box From Fire Records Sun, Oct 15th 2017
Magic Revue #206 (France), Fri, Oct 20th 2017
The Vinyl District Graded on a Curve: The Jazz Butcher, The Wasted Years Wed, Nov 1st 2017
Sun Burns Out The crazy years of the Jazz Butcher or no pity for geniuses (France), Thu, Nov 9th 2017
- Gloop Jiving
- Jazz Butcher Theme
- Bigfoot Motel
- Sex Engine
- Zombie Love
- Grey Flannelette
- La Mer
- Poisoned By Food
- Love Kittens
- Bath Of Bacon
- Girls Who Keep Goldfish
- Southern Mark Smith (Big Return)
- Real Men
- Soul Happy Hour
- I Need Meat
- Just Like Betty Page
- Marnie (Muscovite Mix)
- Caroline Wheeler's Birthday Present
- Mind Like A Playgroup
- My Desert
- Big Saturday
- Red Pets
- Only A Rumour
- President Reagan's Birthday Present
- What's The Matter, Boy?
- Walk With The Devil
- Down The Drain
- Falling In Love
- Big Bad Thing
- Still In The Kitchen
- Hungarian Love Song
- The New World
- Who Loves You Now?
- Domestic Animal
- Buffalo Shame
- Nothing Special
In the early '80s, David E. Barker was checking master vinyl copies of classical recordings for glitches - they don't make jobs like that anymore. In his spare time he discovered innovative souls struggling to make music and welcomed them to his Glass Records label. The roll call included Teenage Fanclub, Spacemen 3, The Pastels and The Jazz Butcher.
The 'Butcher' delivered a gaggle of albums and many 45s for Glass from 1983 to 1986, the jacket notes on the dusty tome that recalls this period mentions Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased), Thatcher, DIY post-punk, LSD, surrealist cabaret, The Velvet Underground, a bottle of Cointreau or two, the Amstrad 7090 and Ronco's 'Black Magic' compilation. All that led to the 'The Wasted Years': Four albums, many visions...
'Bath Of Bacon' was an experiment in sound, conjoining that Ronco platter to Todd Rundgren, a guitar from Wes Montgomery's cupboard and mentions of imaginary monsters set to some funky chops. "The sound of a few mates failing to take note that they've an LP to make!" claims the JB site. It's pop meets bluesy scat with plenty of deadpan irony - a theme that will recur.
'A Scandal In Bohemia' took a "competent little rock band" with a bassist who'd served time in Bauhaus into a world chorused by multi-track vocals and bathroom ambience. "A top-shelf diamond of a record that is filled with excellent, memorable songs." (All Music).
'Sex And Travel' offered a broadening perspective. Competence and European travel beget a narrative akin to an impressionistic cold war spy movie, a "mess of styles" that became coherent. "A great album," muses All Music before comparing JB mainman Pat Fish to Ray Davies circa 1969. It's an "accidental" concept album prone to fleeting melancholy.
'Distressed Gentlefolk', ahead of the original band's demise through "fatigue and liquor" was the Butcher's stab at making their "greatest album ever". "A beautifully romantic record of soft rock ballads and jazzy torch songs," enthused Trouser Press. There's a folky edge scratching away beside the inevitable romp through pop music's historical lineage.
Four albums, then. The '80s recast at an ironic party of malcontents. Indie pop as a soundtrack. Songs that shouldn't fit together - but do. 'Wasted Years'? Yeah, really.