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Artist: JEFFERIES, PETER
Title: The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World
Format: LP
Label: De Stijl
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
"Peter Jefferiess extraordinary debut solo album, The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World, first saw life as a cassette via the Xpressway label of Port Chalmers, New Zealand, in 1990. As a result of some international underground acclaim in fanzines and mailorder catalogs -- for both the album and a striking 7-inch, The Fate of the Human Carbine, released around the same time -- it soon appeared on LP and CD as well, through the Ajax label of Chicago. Within a couple of years it slipped out of print and out of sight. Twenty years later were putting it back on wax which includes the songs from the attendant single, and no amount of remastering, whatsoever. Though no ones gotten around to writing a book on it yet, The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World nonetheless stands as one of the singular singer-songwriter albums of all time, existing on a sparsely populated plane with Pink Moon, Blues Run, the Game, Our Mother the Mountain and not many others. In a sandy voice that soothes and slashes, Jefferies offers a piercingly, crushingly lucid view of the endeavor of life, all our pain and small glories rendered in tones both harrowing and tender. On piano, drums and percussion, he pounds out melodies that roar, sweep and lilt, accompanied on many songs by the serrated guitars of a variety of players. Featuring a small team of South Island heavy-hitters -- all three members of the Dead C as well as David Mitchell (3Ds), Alastair Galbraith, Kathy Bull (Look Blue Go Purple, Cyclops), Nigel Taylor and Robbie Muir (whos co-billed on the single) -- Last Great Challenge provides a pivot point in Jefferiess formidable recording career, which included two bands he shared with his brother Graeme in the 80s, Nocturnal Projections and This Kind of Punishment, and four further solo albums, as well as stints in bands here (Mecca Normal, Two Foot Flame) and there (Plagal Grind, Cyclops)." -De Stijl.
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Artist: JEFFERIES, PETER
Title: Electricity
Format: Double LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $29.00
"Peter Jefferies (This Kind of Punishment) released his brilliant sophomore album Electricity in 1994. While his solo debut, 1990s The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World, has drawn comparisons to classic singer-songwriters like Nick Drake and Townes Van Zandt, Electricity is a far more sparse and nocturnal affair. Jefferies earthy baritone weaves between piano, guitar, cello and analog tape machine noise, pulling in listeners to the deep pastoral life of his music. With guest appearances from heavyweights in the New Zealand music scene (Straitjacket Fits Shayne Carter, Plagal Grinds Robbie Muir and the Dead Cs Bruce Russell), Electricity has garnered a cult following among fans, yet the songs possess a singular quality -- every note, utterance and flourish reflect back to Jefferies alone. The simple arrangements, in particular on ballads such as By Small Degrees, convey fiercely intimate moments as well as Jefferies tremendous range and playfulness as a writer. This first-time vinyl reissue includes four bonus tracks from 1992s Swerve EP and is highly recommended for fans of Flying Nun Records, John Cale and Jim Shepard. After 20 years, now is the time to revisit the groundbreaking work of this New Zealand legend." Housed in a gatefold sleeve." - Superior Viaduct.

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