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ERIE, CYRUS & THE QUICK - Get The Message/Southern Comfort

One of only a handful of North American garage acts to digest the maxim of the Whos maximum R&B and temper it with the dramatic teen pop appeal of the Easybeats and Small Faces, Cyrus Erie and the Quick mark GROUND ZERO not merely for Buckeye state Angophilia, but also for the greatest power pop band of the 1970s: The Raspberries. Long before Wally Bryson was a teen angel and Eric Carmen was all by himself, the future Lennon/McCartneys of Cleveland were devouring the British Beat scene mail-order, scouring the margins of imported copies of Melody Maker and Fab 208; copping looks, licks and hair-styles (dig the drummers perm!). Allotted just two stiff single shots on Epic in 1969, Cyrus Erie and the Quick were huge on their home turf, but could never go all the way outside their Midwestern enclave. Here now is both their end and their beginning. The post-Choir, pre-Berry harvest. Tin soldiers melted with Friday on my minds eye. As necessary for pop fans as life itself.

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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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