Recommended by us on 12th August 2010.
Relaxing With is the first Heads album, its reissue, remastered and boosted with extras has been a long time coming: Rooster is mightily proud to announce its release at last.. The Heads had self-released a couple of 7 , and then Cargo Uk s inhouse label Headhunter UK got to release a further 7 , and then the Debut album in 1996. Amidst a world suffocating in Britpop smarm, the Heads cut a timely swathe with their unkempt rock psychedelique. The album contained 10 tracks of guitar driven, amp destroying rock, with cues taken straight from the US underground, Stooges, MC5, Mudhoney, Pussy Galore, early Monster Magnet too but with a disitinctly British stamp, some of the drone and fuzz from Loop / Spacemen 3, some of the attitude of the Fall, Pink Fairies and Walking Seeds and overlaid with the spaced rock of early Hawkwind. It was obvious that the four members of the Heads were music obsessives.The debut album was recorded at Foel studios (owned by Dave Anderson from Hawkwind) and engineered by Corin Dingley, it was mastered by John Dent at LOUD. For this reissue, the album has been kept on disc one in its entirety, and remastered by Shawn Joseph (he mastered their second album) and Simon Price, with the bonus disc featuring unreleased tracks (including Spliff Riff from 1991) , all the early singles tracks, a selection of their Radcliffe / Radio One Rock Show session tracks, and their first John Peel session in its entirety. The artwork has been re-tooled and expanded excessively and obsessively by longtime art collaborator Johnny O with Simon Price to collate an appreciation of the Heads penned by a former tour manager, and dozens of fliers, unseen photos, clippings etc. A 27 track release that confirms the Heads status as a national treasure . Released on teh band's own Rooster imprint, and with all material available digitally for the first time. A limited vinyl pressing of the album only will be released in the near future. Second album "Everybody Knows We Got Nowhere" will be re-launched later in the year also..
PRESS: "theres no riff like the Spliff Riff"...satisfied punter. "..if thats not a freakout then I'm a Dutchman"...John Peel after airing the first session. Upon its release in 1996, VOX magazinegave the album 0/10...perfect score to get from a vacuous fanzine of britpop waffle! Adverts:Back Cover advert in Bugs and Drugs...oh hold on, wrong decade...
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