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Artist: HEITKOTTER, STEPHEN DAVID
Title: Black Orckid
Format: CD
Label: Now-Again
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"Deluxe reissue of the legendary 70s California bedroom psychedelic album restored/remastered transfer and never-before-heard demos. 32-page booklet contains dozens of unpublished photos and images and a thorough investigation into this exceedingly rare artifact. ...banging garage downer LP from the twilight zone ...raw & wasted." - Paul Major. Psychedelic rock record collectors have been repeating the name Heitkotter as if it were a mantra ever since the first copy of a hand-made demo LP turned up in a Los Angeles music publishers reject bin, with nothing more than that word scrawled across a plain white jacket. Now-Again Records embarked some years ago on what seemed like a fruitless crusade -- to find out more about this Heitkotter, his music, his story. In the process, weve visited the house where this confounding album was recorded, found Heitkotters musicians, rescued the demo-recordings that paved the way for this album, uncovered unpublished photos and paintings by the man behind the album, and are now ready to present the definitive look into a musical vision equal parts dangerous and peaceful, nihilistic and optimistic. Its safe to say the world has never heard something like Heitkotter -- it is a unique piece of art unlike anything that came before or has come after it. The bizarre LP known as Heitkotter -- recorded in around 1971 and pressed in a run of less than twenty five copies - was the culmination of one Stephen David Heitkotters artistic career. Ross Dwelle, Stephens childhood friend and the drummer on the record, describes the bedroom sessions in a handsome Craftsman home in Old Fresno as this young trio trying to play five songs written by a man losing his mind...probably stoned the whole time. Heitkotter, this time issued as Black Orckid, as we assume Stephen would have wanted it - is too complicated to be written off as a symptom of a greater ill, or lionized by a few (and dismissed by the majority) as outsider art. Its a rare and vital look at 60s and 70s American rock through the sad story -- and incredible music -- of an untethered soul. And as we hope to show in enlightening more of Stephens backstory, it can also be considered sweet, kind and optimistic. The Heitkotter tale is cautionary, but Stephens music is as close to the sublime as American rock has ever ventured." - Now-Again.

Artist: HEITKOTTER, STEPHEN DAVID
Title: Black Orckid
Format: Double LP
Label: Now-Again
Country: USA
Price: $35.00
“Gatefold double LP version; includes a 16-page booklet and download code. "Deluxe reissue of the legendary 70s California bedroom psychedelic album restored/remastered transfer and never-before-heard demos. ...banging garage downer LP from the twilight zone ...raw & wasted." - Paul Major. Psychedelic rock record collectors have been repeating the name Heitkotter as if it were a mantra ever since the first copy of a hand-made demo LP turned up in a Los Angeles music publishers reject bin, with nothing more than that word scrawled across a plain white jacket. Now-Again Records embarked some years ago on what seemed like a fruitless crusade -- to find out more about this Heitkotter, his music, his story. In the process, weve visited the house where this confounding album was recorded, found Heitkotters musicians, rescued the demo-recordings that paved the way for this album, uncovered unpublished photos and paintings by the man behind the album, and are now ready to present the definitive look into a musical vision equal parts dangerous and peaceful, nihilistic and optimistic. Its safe to say the world has never heard something like Heitkotter -- it is a unique piece of art unlike anything that came before or has come after it. The bizarre LP known as Heitkotter -- recorded in around 1971 and pressed in a run of less than twenty five copies - was the culmination of one Stephen David Heitkotters artistic career. Ross Dwelle, Stephens childhood friend and the drummer on the record, describes the bedroom sessions in a handsome Craftsman home in Old Fresno as this young trio trying to play five songs written by a man losing his mind...probably stoned the whole time. Heitkotter, this time issued as Black Orckid, as we assume Stephen would have wanted it - is too complicated to be written off as a symptom of a greater ill, or lionized by a few (and dismissed by the majority) as outsider art. Its a rare and vital look at 60s and 70s American rock through the sad story -- and incredible music -- of an untethered soul. And as we hope to show in enlightening more of Stephens backstory, it can also be considered sweet, kind and optimistic. The Heitkotter tale is cautionary, but Stephens music is as close to the sublime as American rock has ever ventured." - Now Again.

Artist: HEITKOTTER, STEPHEN DAVID
Title: Black Orckid
Format: LP
Label: Now-Again
Country: USA
Price: $23.00
Single LP version (not including the deluxe versions "bonus LP"). Includes a 16-page booklet. "Psychedelic rock record collectors have been repeating the name Heitkotter as if it were a mantra ever since the first copy of a hand-made demo LP turned up in a Los Angeles music publishers reject bin, with nothing more than that word scrawled across a plain white jacket. Now-Again Records embarked some years ago on what seemed like a fruitless crusade -- to find out more about this Heitkotter, his music, his story. In the process, weve visited the house where this confounding album was recorded, found Heitkotters musicians, rescued the demo-recordings that paved the way for this album, uncovered unpublished photos and paintings by the man behind the album, and are now ready to present the definitive look into a musical vision equal parts dangerous and peaceful, nihilistic and optimistic. Its safe to say the world has never heard something like Heitkotter -- it is a unique piece of art unlike anything that came before or has come after it. The bizarre LP known as Heitkotter -- recorded in around 1971 and pressed in a run of less than twenty five copies -- was the culmination of one Stephen David Heitkotters artistic career. Ross Dwelle, Stephens childhood friend and the drummer on the record, describes the bedroom sessions in a handsome Craftsman home in Old Fresno as this young trio trying to play five songs written by a man losing his mind... probably stoned the whole time. Heitkotter, this time issued as Black Orckid, as we assume Stephen would have wanted it -- is too complicated to be written off as a symptom of a greater ill, or lionized by a few (and dismissed by the majority) as outsider art. Its a rare and vital look at 60s and 70s American rock through the sad story -- and incredible music -- of an untethered soul. And as we hope to show in enlightening more of Stephens backstory, it can also be considered sweet, kind and optimistic. The Heitkotter tale is cautionary, but Stephens music is as close to the sublime as American rock has ever ventured." - Now-Again.

Artist: HEITKOTTER, STEPHEN DAVID
Title: Heitkotter
Format: LP
Label: Time-Lag
Country: USA
Price: $32.00
"Reissue of this legendary super-rare private press. A three-piece band plays sprawling, inept baked blues led by a mysterious mental patient. Housed in an ultra heavy cardboard sleeve on 180 gram vinyl, with an insert of insightful and speculative liner notes -- the most information youll ever find about this mythic record. Truly one of the great outsider creations ever spawned under a full moon." - FE. "The circumstances behind Heitkotter are obscure and confusing: all that is known for certain is that Steve Heitkotter recorded the LP sometime before 1971, when he and his reluctant brother Bill took unsolicited promotional copies to eight local FM station in Californias San Joaquin Valley. Whoever else may have participated is a mystery: Steven had spent the mid 60s drumming for Fresno garage mainstays the Road Runners, so he had some connections left, but the time after the Runners had reportedly brought him to psychotropic drugs and mental instability, and his family doubts that he was on good terms with enough musicians even to organize a drag jam of messed up desert loner westcoast churning and meandering, like a Magic Band gig falling apart (Paul Major). The LPs murky sound and symbiotically disintegrating musicianship do seem to suggest that the session was cut live to four track, but Bill Heikotter swears that Steve was a loner at the time, alienated from his former bandmates, and that he recorded the album entirely by himself. That makes the amnesia of the musicians, who intermittently forget how to play their instruments, all the more curious, as Steve himself was a good guitarist and quasi-professional drummer, though the influence of drugs, fatigue, or apathy seems plausible enough." - Time-Lag.
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