V/A - Left of the Middle: Australian Soft Rock, Folk, Private Press & Otherwise
A scattered collection of the forgotten and fringe from the back roads of Australian popular music, genre-less wanderers left behind in subsequent Australian archeology. Mixture of crude private press and slick major label recordings; teenage thug sharpie rock, progressive folk musicians playing with and against the strains of bush music traditionalism, Bobb Trimblesque psych-folk, brief glimpses of West Coast singer songwriter beauty, alien flamenco guitar, baroque jazz, Hazlewood aping country artists, and the sound of people missing the mark. For some this may be a tougher listen then the harshest noise, others will find it a strange and rewarding journey into the unknown losers of Australian music history. Pro press, 20 tracks, 71 minutes, full notes included on insert. - Redundancy Music.
Howard Eynon -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú French Army (So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam, Basket Records, 1974/75, Tasmania) Danny Graham -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Well Make A Deal (In Amsterdam) (s/t, Sinsemille Music, 1980, New South Wales??) Systems Go -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Transatlantic Line (7-¢‚Ǩ¬ù, no label, 1978, Adelaide) Jim Minchin -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú You Cant Do More Than That (Seven Whole Days, Move Records, 1970(?), Melbourne) The C.C.C. Band -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Lemon Tree (Welcome To Cordial Land, no label, 1976, Brisbane) Chris Freeman -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Dennis Hallucinating (Thesilger, no label, 1976, Melbourne) Cast of Cult -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Red (Cult; A Musical About The Future, Reflection Records, 1973, Melbourne) Jade -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Rockin Orgy Pt. 1 (7-¢‚Ǩ¬ù, Jade Records, 1977, Melbourne) Greg Quill & Country Radio -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Empty Pockets/Leaving The City (Fleetwood Plain, Harvest Records, 1971, Sydney) Lee Conway -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú The Other Man (7-¢‚Ǩ¬ù, Sweet Peach Records, mid 1970s, Adelaide) Mike Quarmby -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Muddy Murray River (Its Nothing You Could Ever Hang A Name On, EMS Gold Label, 1974?, Adelaide)
Doug Ashdown -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Willies Shades (Leave Love Enough Alone, Billingsgate Records, 1974, Adelaide) Janette Geri -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú River (Rising, Arts And Grafts Records, 1986, Melbourne) Steam Shuttle -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú The Wee One/Rocking The Cradle (s/t, Larrikin Records, 1977, Sydney) Cathie OSullivan -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú The Orange Tree (High Places, Larrikin Records, 1983, Sydney) Margret Roadknight -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Ice (Ice, Infinity Records, 1978, Sydney) Trevor Swadling -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Wheel of Fortune (7-¢‚Ǩ¬ù, Midway Records, 1983, Sydney) Tanseys Fancy -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Aque Serven (s/t, no label, 1982/83, Sydney) Penny Davies and Roger Ilott -¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Galaxy Shanty (The Proud and Careless Notes, Restless Recordings, 1984, Sydney)
After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.
This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).
Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.
Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.
Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).
So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.