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BURNS, RANDY - Evening Of The Magician

Three albums by Randy Burns were originally released on the ESP-Disk label during the late 60s. The first called Of Love And War came out in 1966 and was somewhat your typical mid-60s solo folk debut album, straight out of the Greenwich Village scene. It contained a few self-composed tunes but mostly borrowed" songs from fellow folksters. Accompanied only by his acoustic guitar and occasional 12-string backing, Randy laid down a set that inspired his own writing. The third album called Songs For An Uncertain Lady was released in 1970 and already leaned much more towards Randys rock style in the early 70s, when he moved on to the Mercury label. However still folky, as a whole it was much more straightforward and outgoing than the music described yet. Now, in retrospective categorized as acid- or loner-folk, ever an effort of a self-composed album in the folk-rock genre of the time is Evening Of The Magician, from 1968. Randy has a clear and warm, very distinctive voice, especially beautiful when backed up by himself on two songs. In regards to the "acid-folk" point of view, his poetic lyrics may be considered slightly psychedelic. However, his words are often used and placed oddly, therefore making the meaning of the song not instantly obvious. From a "loner-folk" perspective, the music is quite introverted due to a woolly home-recording sound. Now backed up by a small band, Randys music really is folk-rock in the very essence of the term. He constructed compositions that are and can only be carried out on (acoustic) guitar, the core melodies being within the suggestive chords, underlined by electric solo guitar and bass, and occasional drums, organ, piano, and flute. The album only consists of the most gentle and musically interesting songs. It has been a challenge to provide the best of sound quality for the vinyl reissue. The original vinyl was of poor quality, the original tapes were worse. Furthermore, the recordings appeared to have been panned dominantly to one channel, making it sound completely out of balance. But, with the latest technology, the album could be fully restored to the way it should sound. The audiophile will find a centered stereo image and smooth continuity of tonal beauty. Randy recently picked up the guitar and started writing again. Apart from his often ESP-Disk-related cult status, he is a very much respected member of the U.S. folk community. Now, his current followers are introduced to probably his most essential release, as collectors are offered a true gem in the best quality, ever. 180 gram vinyl LP." -Enabling Works.

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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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