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Artist: ASKEW, ED
Title: Here We Are Together Again/Yellow Dollars
Format: 7
Label: Destijl
Country: USA
Price: $6.50
"This is the last of the vintage, tipple era Askew, before the fingers cramped and began tickling digital ivory. These 2 wondrous cuts wouldve been included on the Little Eyes CD if time were not space. Wonderful live versions, of "Here We Are Together Again" and "Yellow Dollars", taken from David Porters Show on WYBC, Nov 1969. These songs are the topical concern of that or any era (Love and War) and what else is there anyway ?" - Destijl.
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Artist: ASKEW, ED
Title: Little Eyes
Format: LP
Label: Destijl
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Although bernie stollman sits on decaying mastertapes of would be treasured musics, (an lp by masayuki takayanagis new direction unit, debut rec by charles gayle, supposedly even a henry flynt disc) some are lucky to escape the punishment of his fat ass. next week, ed askews "little eyes" will wiggle free. After leaving yale with a fine arts degree ed landed various teaching gigs. high schoolers dont want to paint, and ed gave it up to play music. new havens coffeehouse scene was essentially the basement of church, and ESP alums erica pomerance and bill horowitz, as well as a teenage michael bolton, also shared the stage. chops were clearly honed; songs this beautiful are not born without hard knocks. it was shortly after he relocated to the city that he hooked up with ESP. "little eyes" was recorded immediately following eds poorly selling debut "ask the unicorn". made with little more than eds voice and the stunningly modern arrangements of his beloved martin tipple, (sort of a larger 10 string ukulele) all the songs were recorded in one continuous take. lyrical concerns of any era, I suppose, are love and war. and ed was inspired! "little eyes" is as grand, sad and beautiful a statement as can be expressed. His off key lilt hangs like a seductive pink mist, and settles deeply; youll hear these songs long after they are over." - Destijl. Small repress. Beautiful silkscreened rice paper cover artwork. Highly Recommended!
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Artist: ASKEW, ED
Title: Little Eyes
Format: CD
Label: Destijl
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
First CD issue of this unreleased 2nd album, recorded in 1970. This was the intended follow-up to Eds classic ESP-disk album, Ask the Unicorn from 1969. This CD adds 6 bonus tracks from radio sessions, 1970-71. Wow. "Ed Askew recorded Little Eyes in one continuous take during a brief, hot, hetero moment, 1970, New York City. Thirty-two years later, Destijl released it on LP. Made with little more than magnetic tape, Eds voice, and the stunningly modern arrangements of his beloved Martin Tiple, Little Eyes is as grand, sad and beautiful a statement as can be expressed. His off-key lilt hangs like a seductive pink mist and settles deeply; youll hear these songs long after they are over. Attempting to publicize an unreleased record, Ed did a string of radio gigs between New York and New Haven, and the best of them are collected here. Lovely and wild, this one is very near and dear to our hearts. Soon, yours too." -Destijl.

Artist: ASKEW, ED
Title: Imperfiction
Format: LP
Label: Drag City
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Anyone who loves "outsider" folk legends from Tom Rapp to Roy Harper or Gary Higgins to Peter Grudzien knows the name of the legendary bard ED ASKEW. His 1968 ESP Record Ask the Unicorn is quite simply one of the eras finest artifacts, full of lilting, prickly, chiming songs of loss, love and escapism-maybe the gay Astral Weeks for the underground. Around the turn of the century, an equally compelling second album surfaced, Little Eyes, where our hero, armed only with tiple (a sort of latin uke/banjo/guitar), laid out more heartbreaking baroque odes, all recorded in a single continuous take! Recorded for ESP in 1970, it never got past the test pressing stage and was eventually lost, until De Stijil came sniffing some thirty years on. In the early 80s, Ed got his hands on a harpsichord and tiple and a simple two-track recorder and laid down some of his tunes hed been carrying around for years. Released only on cassette in miniscule quantities in 1984, Imperfiction contains the same emotionally raw yet wry observations, in a decidedly no-frills sonic setting. Broken glass on the sidewalk outside, nice boys he meets in bars, and the joyous act of songwriting itself are all fair game for subject matter, giving a unique and intimate self-portrait of a truly gifted songwriter. Imperfiction is now available for the first time on vinyl via Galactic Zoo Disk/Drag City, with vintage photos and liners and sound that will transport fans back to the old days of Askew in all of its seemingly transient glory. Fans of Daniel Johnson, early Jonathan Richman, Smog, Palace Brothers and other lo-fi troubadours would be wise to snatch up this limited pressing-as all other GZDisk/Drag City titles have sold out early and often." -Drag City

Artist: ASKEW, ED
Title: Ask The Unicorn
Format: CD
Label: ESP-Disk
Country: Italy
Price: $16.00
"First time on CD for this ultra sought-after 1969 album by outsider folksinger ED ASKEW. Playing a ten-string lute-like instrument called a tiple, Askew creates a psychedelic folk masterpiece. One of the most bizarre and wonderful albums released by ESP." - ESP Disk.

Artist: ASKEW, ED
Title: Rose
Format: Double 10"
Label: Okraina
Country: Belgium
Price: $22.00
“2014 release. Rose compiles two duos recorded at two radio sessions over two ten inch records. Ed Askew and Joshua Burkett live for Rob Hatch Millers show on WFMU in October of 2007. Ed Askew - words and music, voice, harmonica; Joshua Burkett - tiple; Recorded Irene Trudel of WFMU. Ed Askew and Steve Gunn live for Greg Healeys show on Dandelion Radio in March of 2010. Ed Askew - words and music, voice, harmonica; Steve Gunn - tiple; Recorded by Ed Askew. Re-mastered by Harris Newman of Grey Market Mastering, Montréal, in 2014. Artwork by Gwénola Carrère.” - Okriana.

Artist: ASKEW, ED
Title: Rainy Day Song
Format: CD
Label: Spinning Gold
Country: Canada
Price: $13.50
"Rainy Day Song is the first release of new Ed Askew material since Ed Askew/Ask the Unicorn (ESP-Disk, 1968). The scarcity of commercially available Ed Askew albums belies an artist in perpetual bloom -- painter and songwriter poet. After graduating from Yale Art School in 1966, Ed began teaching art in New Haven and shortly thereafter released his eponymous debut (later re-named Ask the Unicorn). Ed Askew recorded a follow up called Little Eyes that ESP-Disk chose, for unknown reasons, not to release (This album was finally issued on CD in 2007 by De Stijl Records). And now forty years have passed since the original ESP-Disk release and Ed Askew has a formidable backlog of unreleased music. Rainy Day Song, his most recent work, was recorded in the summer of 2007 in New York City, where Ed has lived since moving there from New Haven in the 1980s. He says: When I start a song its a kind of virgin situation. There are certain things I do and I have my character like everybody has their character. But I believe on some level that it comes from nothing -- there are certain things you do -- but in a sense: who does it? Lyrically, Askew bears a striking resemblance to Paul Goodman, the mid-20th century New York City poet, novelist, gestalt psychologist, and anarchist social theorist. Like Goodmans poetry, Askews lyrics shift effortlessly from contemplative abstraction to political tirades, from naturalist landscapes to graphic descriptions of urban street life, from childhood vignettes to tales of gay romance-conveyed in language thats at once elegant and conversational. Also like Goodman, Askew displays (in both his lyrics and his music) a stubborn indifference to contemporary fashion. If thats what makes Askews music such a hard sell for current labels and commercial audiences, its also the source of its timelessness. Whether you choose to listen to it now or wait for the next round of reissues forty years from now, this is music that will endure." -David Shirley

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