It’s that time of year again when we give you the opportunity to become a trusted LIGHT IN THE ATTIC SUBSCRIBER. “Watcha talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”, you quip. Well, it’s fairly simple. Pick your preferred musical format (CD, LP or Digital), throw down some hard earned dollars (Yes, times are tough but this is quality so forget buying your little brother a snuggie), and you’ll receive eight albums in the Light In The Attic cannon starting in January 2011. There were loads of you that subscribed in ‘09 and even more in ’10. We can’t thank you enough. You once again proved that people out there still care about music and there’s still something inherently special about that physical aspect of music.
What’s on tap for 2011? We can’t completely spill the beans, but we can fill you in on a few welcome additions to your record collection in the new year…
- Pencilled in as LITA 060 (that means our 60th release in 8 eight years) will be British psych-folk artist MICHAEL CHAPMAN and his 1971 masterpiece FULLY QUALIFIED SURVIVOR, originally released on the Harvest label and long out of print Stateside. The album can be filed alongside the best of Roy Harper, John Martyn, and Bert Jansch. FQS is mastered from the original tapes with Michael’s full involvement via some brilliant notes from Uncut Magazine’s Mick Houghton.
- We’ll be continuing our excavation of the Seattle soul scene with a gorgeous double-gatefold vinyl only release of OVERTON BERRY’s first two albums from the early ‘70s. The collection will include unseen photos and new notes by talented Seattle writer Kurt B. Reighley. Remember Overton’s infectious cover of “Hey Jude” on Wheedle’s Groove: Seattle’s Finest in Funk & Soul 1965-75 or his breakbeat sample-worthy 10 minute take on “Jesus Christ Superstar”? Vinyl fiends will be very happy campers.
- Alongside Kevin “Sipreano” Howes up in Vancouver, we’ve co-produced the first ever anthology of Motown subsidiary label Mowest (1971-73), Berry Gordy’s short lived endeavor when the Motor City crew left Detroit and set up shop on the West Coast. In the works for years, we’re relieved to finally be putting this sucker to bed for your listening pleasure. Sipreano, who wrote the liner notes for our reissues of Rodriguez, Monks, Doug Randle, and six part Jamaica to Toronto Series once again contributed an excellent essay, discussing the history of Mowest. The material has all been re-mastered from the original tapes.
- Next up: we’ll be heading to Forest Hills, New York for the music of sixties snotty garage rockers THE VAGRANTS with help from Ugly Things genius Mike Stax. A young Johnny Ramone would go see The Vagrants play before he blew our minds years later. You may know the band from their cover of “Respect”, included on Lenny Kaye’s almighty Nuggets compilation, or their guitarist, a young pre-Mountain Leslie West.
- Then we’re off to South Korea for a deep look at SHIN JUNG-HYEON, who many call Korea’s Godfather of Rock. Since 1958, Mr. Shin has produced, written, and released hundreds of killer sounds from bring-you-to-tears female fronted acid folk to 20-minute psych-drenched shards of guitar beauty. We’ve spent the last few months holed up in South Korea with Mr. Shin and an exhausted translator, filling us in on the life and times of the man, direct from the man’s mouth. He is a living legend, literally sent to prison in the ‘70s for not adhering to the ideals of the then current Korean dictator. Decades later, he’s going strong at 72 years old. Our psychic tells us the Hollywood biopic is just around the corner.
- Over the 2010 summer, we once again crashed in the greatest city on earth, MEMPHIS, Tennessee, uncovering a sea of southern gems. That means 2011 will see the continuation of our Memphis Series, which started with Lou Bond’s 1974 album Lou Bond on Stax imprint We Produce.
And we promise that there will be a lot more rolling out over the next twelve months.
Other than Overton Berry’s vinyl-only release, everything above will be released on both CD and Vinyl. Unfortunately due to licensing restrictions not everything will be available Digitally. The subscription guarantees you the first 8 CDs, 8 LPs, or 5 Digital releases from Light In The Attic in 2011.
Give the ultimate gift this holiday season for a loved one, or screw them and get the goods for yourself. All we know is that 2011 is going to be our best year yet. We certainly won’t be sleeping to pull this off, but that’s OK. We’ll sleep when we’re dead. See you in 2011.
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