Cherry Red

V/A - Perspectives and Distortion

-¢‚Ǩ-ìAlthough -¢‚Ǩ-ìPillows and Prayers-¢‚Ǩ¬ù is the best-known sampler of the label, its precursor -¢‚Ǩ-ìPerspectives and Distortions-¢‚Ǩ¬ù (1981) includes many non-Cherry Red artists, which makes it very interesting. In fact, when I bought this compilation in 1981, it was a stunning overview of British experimental rock/pop/alterntive music, played by loads of people Id never heard of-¢‚Ǩ¬¶ and a few (like Robert Fripp) that I knew. Time tells us that experimental music can often date really quickly, but most of the music on this comp doesnt. It holds together beautifully, which is surprising because putting arch punks like the Virgin Prunes and Mark Perry in with Kevin Coyne and Robert Fripp, for instance, seems quite out there. Still a lot of names here that I don-¢‚Ǩ‚Ѣt know/remember (A.Tent, the Lemon Kittens), but Matt Johnson (soon to be The The) and Eyeless in Gaza became crucial listening. Listen to it today, and you too might be inspired to check out some new names.-¢‚Ǩ¬ù Totally uncommercial music which bordered on the Avant Garde; Outsider Music before anyone thought up the name." - Lion. Features CLAIRE THOMAS and SUSAN VEZEY (STORM BUGS), MATT JOHNSON, VIRGIN PRUNES, LOL COXHILL, LEMON KITTENS, EYELESS IN GAZA, KEVIN COYNE, MARK PERRY, BEN WATT, TWO DAUGHTERS, KEVIN HARRISON, THOMAS LEER, FIVE OR SIX, MORGAN FISCHER, ROBERT FRIPP, A TENT and DAVID JACKMAN (ORGANUM).

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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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