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Alex Chilton (Big Star), Alan Vega (Suicide) and Ben Vaughn (er, mostly solo) made only one album together, intensely improvising together. The result, Cubist Blues, is a darkly atmospheric trip, sounding not quite like anything else. Originally released in 1994, this has been remastered and features an exclusive new interview in the liner notes.


Double LP £26.99 LITA126LP

Reissue 2LP in gatefold tip-on sleeve on Light In The Attic. Remastered from the original tapes.

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CD £13.49 LITA126CD

CD on Light In The Attic. Remastered from the original tapes. Includes download card for live show at Trans Musicales, France, Dec. 7th, 1996.

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Cubist Blues by Alan Vega, Alex Chilton, Ben Vaughn
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 09 December 2015
Who knew that legendary misery guts (pl) Alex Chilton (Big Star), Alan Vega (Suicide) ever collab'd together with singer songwriter Ben Vaughn tagging along? Well it happened back in 1994 and the result is a kind of late night jam session between the three with Vega ranting atop. Opener ‘Fat City’ has a unique atmosphere with shuffly drums and atmospheric 50’s style guitar twiddles.  Vega’s vocals are improvised and kind of overbearing at times but if you can cope with him in Suicide mode then you’ll cope with this.   Really it’s just Suicide re-transposed for guitar, bass and drums rather than electronics. The whole thing is drenched in reverb giving it the feel of being recorded in some kind of warehouse. More structured is ‘Freedom’ which has a pleasant Chilton synth motif as its basis. like the music of Suicide, solace is important  - Vega is better when he leaves lots of space for the music to breath.   Obviously this is a jam session and so it sounds fragile and unfinished but there are some nice musical moments throughout and the less- is-more approach to the jams words. Vega is a bit much but you expected that, right? What you can also expect is the usual lovely packaging from Light in the Attic (including download of them attempting to take this out onto the road).  

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Alan Vega, Alex Chilton, Ben Vaughn | Cubist Blues - "Fly Away" (Light In The Attic Records) - YouTube



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