Monday, April 8, 2019

Rascal Reporters "Redux, Vol. 1"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Format: digital
Release date: April 8, 2019
1. Improv Cost Me My Job (0:51)
2. Hubert Greenery Peck (13:56)
3. One Of Our Dogs Is Missing (4:27)
4. My Three Sounds (3:36)
5. Egos Explode (4:27)
6. Her Kind (5:32)

Total Time 32:49

Steve Kretzmer: Keyboards, piano, vocals (6)
Steve Gore: Keyboards & drums & percussion (5)
James Strain: Drums, bass, guitar, keyboards

While Rascal Reporters are known for making and releasing complex music, there nonetheless remained many pieces in the archives - mainly pieces written by Steve Kretzmer in the mid to late 70s - that were considered too complex to overdub with the resources available and the restrictions of recording equipment at the time. And so, while they felt these songs were some of their finest compositions, they were never completed.
With the 'Redux' series, these songs are finally coming to light, being fully produced, remixed and overdubbed with additional drums, bass, guitar and keyboards by new Reporters member James Strain, almost like a baptism by fire. This includes all 14 minutes of "Hubert Greenery Peck", the ever undulating "One Of Our Dogs Is Missing", a psyched out Steve Gore synth jazz rock piece from the 80s "Egos Explode" and even a pop song with vocals by Kretzmer, "Her Kind". 


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