Opal - Early Recordings/Happy Nightmare Baby

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yep, if it's not too pricey, I'd get one... I got it as a gift and agree with Jimmywine's assessment!

erry red flag (f. hazel), Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:01 (four years ago) link

I need to look and see if that was one of the shows that came up on Dime a few years back, there were a bunch. If it's the one I'm thinking of, it is pretty great.

sleeve, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:02 (four years ago) link

pretty sure it's the one i posted upthread a few years ago (link is dead however)

tylerw, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:09 (four years ago) link

Re that Early Recordings II bootleg, Matt Piucci found out about it earlier this year and was really pissed off as a couple of the songs are apparently not Opal songs at all but are I guess Rain Parade demos or just Matt P solo, and he was somehow under the impression that David Roback was responsible for putting it out!

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:20 (four years ago) link

weird! what an odd career roback has made for himself. still seems crazy that the opal stuff hasn't been collected/reissued properly.

tylerw, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:39 (four years ago) link

agreed, just madness

sleeve, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:39 (four years ago) link

numero group putting out a deeeluxe box set w/ early recordings + happy nightmare, plus live & unreleased action (hopefully not matt piucci solo demos, haha) ... i would buy it.

tylerw, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:53 (four years ago) link

that is so weird about Early Recordings II, I'll have to give that a closer listen

sleeve, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 16:59 (four years ago) link

that version of "indian summer" on ERII -- so good. though this one w/ hope is very good too...

tylerw, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:02 (four years ago) link

so that LP is not one of the 4 shows I have, another thing to add to the list. when looking, I also found this tragically lost item with three more early songs that have never appeared anywhere afaict:


sleeve, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 23:16 (four years ago) link

oops, they are on Early Recordings II, carry on

sleeve, Wednesday, 25 November 2015 23:17 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

gahhhh compilation tracks and ephemera I was not aware of

a Syd Barrett cover!!! some song called "Ghost Highway" from a Rough Trade promo tape?!?!


the 'major tom guy' (sleeve), Monday, 22 February 2016 22:29 (four years ago) link

yeah, found that barrett cover on youtube a little while ago
pretty good!
didn't know about "ghost highway" -- the same song that mazzy star did?

tylerw, Monday, 22 February 2016 22:36 (four years ago) link

it might just be that track, yeah

the 'major tom guy' (sleeve), Monday, 22 February 2016 22:41 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

OPAL - 1987, Sept.17, Live VIDEO, w. Kendra Smith singing, San Diego, SST Records Fest


sleeve, Monday, 15 July 2019 16:25 (eleven months ago) link


tylerw, Monday, 15 July 2019 16:35 (eleven months ago) link


( X '____' )/ (zappi), Monday, 15 July 2019 17:02 (eleven months ago) link

holy shit I was at that gig!

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 15 July 2019 21:16 (eleven months ago) link

too bad the mic was right next to Suki's foldback! What a great find.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 15 July 2019 22:52 (eleven months ago) link

Before this event took place, SST had scheduled a festival in the L.A. area with Sonic Youth headlining but it fell through, so instead they held this festival on the steps of the main gym at UC San Diego, with Opal headlining.

I remember this, a free, all day thing at the Santa Fe dam in Irwindale! My friend and I drove out there only to find it had been cancelled.

nickn, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 03:25 (eleven months ago) link

"Fell From the Sun" has to be one of the top ten songs in the universe.

Absolutely. There are few songs which marry melody and guitar distortion as successful as this one. Listening to this is way better than doing acid. And additionally the risk of a bad trip is zero.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 16 July 2019 09:48 (eleven months ago) link

in case anyone missed it, Kendra Smith recorded a song for the Leave No Trace soundtrack last year and it's amazing:


the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 16 July 2019 14:04 (eleven months ago) link


sleeve, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 14:17 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

It looks like 'Early Recordings' is being reissued November 1 on a label called Salley Gardens. Salley Gardens Publishing is listed on every Mazzy Star release.

Spencer Chow, Thursday, 3 October 2019 16:03 (nine months ago) link


the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 3 October 2019 16:07 (nine months ago) link


tylerw, Thursday, 3 October 2019 16:38 (nine months ago) link


sleeve, Thursday, 3 October 2019 17:03 (nine months ago) link

Looks like a straight reissue, no bonus tracks or what have you... not even "hear the wind blow". Amazon track listing could of course just be wrong, but there's no other real info about it yet!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 3 October 2019 17:04 (nine months ago) link

this better not be some sketchy Amazon boot

sleeve, Thursday, 3 October 2019 17:06 (nine months ago) link

It's Prime and ships from and sold by Amazon so that's a good sign.

Spencer Chow, Thursday, 3 October 2019 17:12 (nine months ago) link

ha, i don't think i knew that "hear the wind blow" isn't on some versions ...

tylerw, Thursday, 3 October 2019 17:12 (nine months ago) link

it's not on the vinyl version, it was a CD bonus track originally

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 3 October 2019 17:29 (nine months ago) link

^^ yeah it was a B-side

sleeve, Thursday, 3 October 2019 17:37 (nine months ago) link

I thought Hear the Wind Blow was only ever on the Early Recordings CD... they could add Soul Giver and Freight Train, those b-sides never appeared on CD before I don't think?

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 3 October 2019 17:43 (nine months ago) link

oh yes you are correct, was thinking abt Freight Train

the version of Soul Giver on that 12" is the same as on Happy Nightmare Baby iirc

sleeve, Thursday, 3 October 2019 18:11 (nine months ago) link


I’m Kendra Smith’s manager - while we are in discussions, nothing has been approved yet. This had better not be real, just yet.

— Pat Thomas (@PatThomas1964) October 3, 2019

tylerw, Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:27 (nine months ago) link

I must admit I'm glad to know that she has a manager

sleeve, Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:39 (nine months ago) link

haha, yeah, seems unlikely, but that guy is legit, I think.

tylerw, Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:48 (nine months ago) link

normally I'd be suspicious if the artist themselves said nothing about a reissue, but with Opal I'd be more suspicious if they did.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:51 (nine months ago) link

haha, yeah, seems unlikely, but that guy is legit, I think

I didn't know he was handling Kendra's stuff, but Pat is definitely legit.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 4 October 2019 22:55 (nine months ago) link

I played Early Recordings for the first time in maybe ten years and I have to say I remember liking it more than I do. I think in my old age I actually prefer Happy Nightmare Baby. I don't remember all the lousy slide playing on this album! Total respect and admiration for Roback as a guitarist but Kendra remains the draw for me. And I still love the Rainy Day album more than all the Opal and Mazzy Star albums combined.

That said, if a reissue of Early Recordings materializes, I'll probably buy it, as my copy of this is beat to hell.

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:14 (eight months ago) link

three weeks pass...

This is now in stock...

Spencer Chow, Saturday, 2 November 2019 17:42 (eight months ago) link

here's the latest from pat thomas:

I had to have this release postponed until the record company recognizes Kendra’s % of ownership - records are sitting in warehouse awaiting legitimacy- should be soon, I hope

— Pat Thomas (@PatThomas1964) November 2, 2019

tylerw, Saturday, 2 November 2019 18:18 (eight months ago) link

thanks Tyler

Book Doula (sleeve), Saturday, 2 November 2019 21:07 (eight months ago) link

I believe Amazon is already shipping these (it says shipped from and sold by Amazon - delivery by tomorrow). I'd order it but I already have the earlier CD.

Spencer Chow, Sunday, 3 November 2019 17:11 (eight months ago) link

yeah i don't really know, haha.

tylerw, Sunday, 3 November 2019 17:36 (eight months ago) link

I wonder what source was used to master the thing... did they just take the CD version and master it for vinyl, lopping off "Hear the Wind Blow"?

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Sunday, 3 November 2019 17:50 (eight months ago) link

This is a CD.

Spencer Chow, Monday, 4 November 2019 06:00 (eight months ago) link

The new CD comes with the original CD bonus track "Hear the Wind Blow" plus four additional bonus tracks: "I Called Erin," "Don't Stop the Train," "Sailing Boats" and an alternate version of "Empty Bottles." It sounds great (i.e. not compressed), and the bonus tracks are wonderful. I have been waiting for a legit reissue for a long, long time (25+ years) since I refused to pay collector prices, ha (and yes, I did download MP3s to tide me over). "Empty Box Blues" goes through my head *all the time*. For the record, Rainy Day's cover of "Flying on the Ground is Wrong" is one of my favorite tracks ever recorded by anyone.

ernestp, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:48 (seven months ago) link

Rainy Day reissue next, I hope? That album kills Early Recordings (and I have always really liked Early Recordings)

Anyway, I bought this.

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:56 (seven months ago) link

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