Obscure Oxide

TARGAL, JEM - Luckey Guy

A Turkish Leprechaun-Ç by birth, with-Ç a childhood fully immersed in-Ç music and art, Jem Targal first made his mark as vocalist/bassist/main songwriter for Detroit power-trio legends THIRD POWER (their lone Vanguard album from 1969 still rightfully well-regarded today).-Ç -Ç After-Ç the band split in 1972, a despondent Jem took-Ç up home recording,-Ç laying down-Ç hours of tape on a Teac 4-track machine.-Ç Jem selected the best cuts-Ç from these solo sessions in 1978 and released -جø¬-??Luckey Guy-جø¬-?-جø¬--جø¬-??pasting the gatefold covers and handling all sales himself in true DIY fashion. The album-Ç never stays still with one style for too long, but rather drifts along with spaced-out guitar (Bumble Bee-Ç Drive), tortured, dissonant piano-Ç (Ring Out The Bells), culminating in a sparse, apocalyptic tale-Ç (The Bomb Tune), with bits of childlike whimsy and Jems eerie harmonies-Ç woven throughout, not to mention a few musical touches that indicate its mid-1970s vintage.-Ç Were we to shamelessly namedrop,-Ç we might mention Syd Barrett, Skip Spence,-Ç Brian Wilson-Ç and Gary Wilson-Ç as starting points... But were above that, for its-Ç the first ever appearance on compact disc-Ç of this odd and eclectic bit of loner folk/psych. The label tracked down the-Ç master-tapes, miraculously still in storage at the original pressing plant, and created a-Ç mini-LP sleeve replica of the original-Ç album jacket, that includes an insert booklet with liner notes and newly-transcribed lyrics handwritten by-Ç Jem himself. Audio digitally transferred, with no added compression or equalisation, from the 1/4 analogue two-track master reels.-جø¬-?-جø¬- - Obscure Oxide.

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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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