GARETH WILLIAMS & MARY CURRIE - FLAMING TUNES
by Gareth Williams & Mary Currie
£14.00 / Sold Out
NB: this item is available for pre-order only. We plan to ship copies w/c July 22nd; but please note that shipping dates are liable to change at any time at the distributor's discretion - we will post the new shipping date if any such changes come into effect. Customers ordering two or more different items from the store will have their package shipped to them only once all items are ready.
Blackest Ever Black is releasing the first ever vinyl edition of Gareth Williams and Mary Currie's Flaming Tunes.
This remarkable album was recorded at DDM and Cold Storage in London after Williams had left This Heat and returned from the first of several trips to India. It was officially released on cassette in 1985, before being bootlegged on CD more than a decade later.
The bootleg in question, the Japan-issued After The Heat, described the Flaming Tunes pieces as "This Heat's final demo recordings", much to Gareth's understandable dismay - after all, the album marked a conscious attempt to create a music with a different mood and texture to that of This Heat, one which would allow the full expression of his eclectic and distinctive tastes.
In 2009, twenty-four years after the original cassette release and eight after Williams' death, aged 48, from cancer, Life & Living Records - an independent label operated by his close friends - released the first and definitive CD edition of Flaming Tunes. Where possible, L&L went back to the original master tapes to achieve the best possible sound quality.
The album - in my view one of the most unique, poignant and poetic ever to emerge from the British underground, its visionary power matched only by its playfulness and intimacy - has never had a life on vinyl. With full authorisation and invaluable assistance from Life & Living Records, B.E.B. has sought to rectify this.
The vinyl will have different artwork to the tape and CD; most significantly, the front cover will feature the iconic photo booth portrait of Gareth and Mary. Full details of the edition to follow in the coming weeks.
The vinyl master was cut by Matt Colton at Air Studios, London, on April 17, 2012, working directly from the audio as painstakingly restored and assembled for the 2009 CD release.
Manufacture of BLACKEST009, an edition of 1000, is now underway and we expect the record to be ready in late July, 2012.
A limited number of copies are available to pre-order [now sold out] and will be dispatched on or before the official release date, when all remaining copies will be distributed through the usual stores and channels.
Visit http://flamingtunes.com to read more about the album and to listen to clips.
Special thanks to Mick Hobbs, Andrew Jacques, Martin Harrison and Mary Currie. Dedicated to the memory of Gareth Williams and Nick Goodall.
A1. Another Flaming Tune
A2. Beguiling The Hours
A3. The Best Weapon
A4. A To B
A5. Breast Stroke
A6. Raindrops From Heaven
B1. Restless Mind
B2. B To A
B3. Golden Age
B4. It's Madness
B5. Generous Moon