RAVEN - Back To Ohio Blues

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN - \r\nI am most pleased to announce that despite decades of rumors to the\r\ncontrary.... RAVEN LIVES!!!! After he recorded and pressed 300 copies of the\r\nlegendary Back to OHIO BLUES" LP in 1975 at Columbus, Ohios legendary Owl\r\nStudios, (of which you are now holding the only LEGITIMATE reissue) he split\r\nfor California and later joined the Armed Forces and ended up in Europe,\r\nrecording what he calls Basement tapes. Raven (he prefers his real name be\r\nkept anonymous for now) still writes songs and goofs off alot in his studio.\r\nAccording to family sources, hes been working with a few people on (\r\nBelieve this or not RAVEN BACK TO OHIO BLUES TWO ).\r\nSo when recently informed of the Mythical status of this LP of 30-some years\r\nago,(which sells for well over $IOOO a copy), he laughed heartily. Makes\r\nsense considering that back in the day he NEVER SOLD A SINGLE COPY ; it was\r\na pure vanity press which he made to give away to friends and whoever\r\ncared to listen!! and so his amusement is certainly understandable. Recorded\r\nwith the help of musician friends who never performed live together, only\r\nduring these studio sessions. Raven is one of the classic D.I.Y. characters\r\nwho never really had much use for the "Rock N Roll Dream Machine" of being\r\na rockstar. He made the music because it was INSIDE of him & needed to be\r\nexpressed, the true measure of all forms of genius (in my "Hummel" opinion).\r\nLike a shark has to swim to breathe, Raven had to record his honest\r\ngut-wrenching creations, perhaps exorcising his demons onto wax one could\r\nsay. Anyone who has already heard this amazing Psyched-out Blues Rock\r\nclassic KNOWS just what a beast he unleashed on an unsuspecting world, and\r\nnow YOU dear reader have an opportunity to hear for yourself the awesome\r\nangst -driven RAW POWER that is "Back To Ohio Blues".\r\nOne question many of you may have is, "Is there MORE of this stuff yet\r\nunreleased?" and the answer is... YES!!! A release of this material is also\r\nin the offing so keep your ears peeled for a future Raven release too!\r\nPersonally I cant wait, and I consider being one to help spread this Good\r\nNews a true honor. Its great to know Raven is alive & well and again ready\r\nto spring his unique sounds upon an unwary world! - hopefully this time\r\naround, the world is ready." - Mike "Rep" Hummel/Old Age/No Age. Signed and numbered by Raven. Previously "unoffically" reissued by Rockadelic. Highly recommended!

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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.


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