Saturday, April 9, 2011

Gray- Early Works (No Label/ Bootleg, 2011)


"Gray was the downtown "industrial sound" band started by Andy Warhol acolyte and avant-garde HipHop legend, Jean-Michel Basquiat. 'Early Works' is an astonishing collection of their first creations, reissued in a silk-screened sleeve bearing his distinctive crown motif (the same which adorns Ramelzee's classic 'Test Pressing' sleeve). Named after the medical bible, Gray's Anatomy, Basquiat, together with Michael Holman formed the group in 1979 and would later be joined by Shannon Dawson, Wayne Clifford, Nick Taylor and a young Vincent Gallo to operate at the core of New York's downtown scene, playing shows at the Mudd Club, CBGB's and Hurrahs amidst the likes of Talking Heads and Blondie. But Gray were quite a different proposition, playing ethereal, abrasive industrial "sound effects" music on scaffolding, synths and whatever machines they could lay hands on. One of the tracks here, the spectral, sloping, dread dubbed 'Drum Mode' has appeared on a number of compilations over the last decade, most notably on Gomma's seminal 'Anti NY' comp, but the rest are about as rare as a pube in the queen's soup. There's the echoic industro-dub collage of 'Wig' for starters, next to the ritualistic, Oriental workshop atmospheres of 'Eight Hour Religion' and a scratchy, lysergic episode of tape loops, free-psyche drums and textures in 'Figure It Out For Yourself', all assuredly ahead of their time. This music forms a vital chunk of art and music history and should be considered an absolutely essential purchase, we reckon." (Boomkat)


Fresh bootleg import, straight from the morning mail. Had to drop this last bit of goodness before I go off the grid for a few. See ya'll on the flipside of my cross-town move. 320 vinyl rip by yours truly. Enjoy...

Download Link: Removed by cordial request from the artist(s). And check this:

"Since the our record is a labor of love, I'm sure that I speak for Gray when I say that we want to give people what a record says it is. That bootleg is not "Early Recordings" of Gray. So it is not truthful in what it claims to be. We reserve the right to truly let people hear "Early Recordings" if we choose to do that. That bootleg is a fake. So, thanks for siding with the artist's." -Wayne Clifford



13 comments:

Anonymous said...

thank you for this
i posted it here
http://untitled74.tumblr.com/post/4487177254/http-www-zshare-net-download-888207632e77d3f5
hope you dont mind

Anonymous said...

thank you for this
http://untitled74.tumblr.com/post/4487177254/http-www-zshare-net-download-888207632e77d3f5
hope youre ok with this

Holly said...

What a *lovely* share, Nick - thank you.

miskov said...

Thank you very much!

J Thyme...kind said...
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Disaster Amnesiac said...

Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

You're asking for trouble with this post. So please remove it.

J Thyme...kind said...
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nicholab said...

i'm not in the habit of responding to anonymous posts/nebulous threats. i'd like to know who's asking- artist or bootlegger. please write to me at nicholab503@gmail.com if you'd like to see this post removed. i'll be glad to take it from there.

The All-Seeing Eye, Jr. said...

Note the lineup in the photo: Basquiat, Holman, Clifford, and Shannon Dawson. Nobody ever credits Shannon, for some reason.

J Thyme...kind said...

I agree with The All-Seeing Eye, Jr.
Shannon Dawson was with Gray as our trumpet player for one year of our two year run circa 1978/79.
Unlike that buffoon Vince who makes claims to being a founding member of Gray. Ha, ha, ha. Vince Gallo was nothing more then a "Groupie" of Gray. The only thing Gray about Vince is the shadow that he casts when he tells his tall tales of being a good friend of anyone.

Anonymous said...

Pleeeaaaase Reup, Please...
Anyone?