Opal - Early Recordings/Happy Nightmare Baby

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnoME6cyi_U

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

^^^^

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

wow!

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

nice

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

FINALLY

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

this better not be some sketchy Amazon boot

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

^^ yeah it was a B-side

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

hrmmmm

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 (eleven months ago) link

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

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

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

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

three weeks pass...

This is now in stock...

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

thanks Tyler

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

yeah i don't really know, haha.

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

This is a CD.

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

xpost - thanks for the report! I think I've only seen "Sailing Boats" on 'Early Recordings 2'.

Ordering this now.

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 01:01 (ten months ago) link

And yes, fingers crossed for 'Rainy Day'.

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 01:03 (ten months ago) link

double wow! it was listed as a vinyl release on amazon initially

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 01:09 (ten months ago) link

Ah, ok. I'm really glad it's not just some vinyl repackage.

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 01:13 (ten months ago) link

gahhhh OK thanks

Book Doula (sleeve), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 03:04 (ten months ago) link

can anyone give me a link to buy other than Amazon?

Book Doula (sleeve), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 03:06 (ten months ago) link

oh hell yeah looks like they did Happy Nightmare Baby as well

https://www.roughtrade.com/us/opal/happy-nightmare-baby

Book Doula (sleeve), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 05:32 (ten months ago) link

would kinda like to know who is behind these reissues

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 05:46 (ten months ago) link

love Sailing Boats, can't wait to hear the others!

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 08:49 (ten months ago) link

Re: "who is behind these reissues" - in the credits, it says: "2019 reissue Frank Gironda- Lookout Mgt., Pat Thomas"

ernestp, Thursday, 7 November 2019 12:15 (ten months ago) link

OK, that's Mazzy Star's management company.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 7 November 2019 14:40 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Rainy Day reissue next, I hope?

Happy Nightmare Baby reissue now has a listing on Amazon US with a Nov 1 release date, still unavailable though:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X7CP219

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Sunday, 24 November 2019 18:08 (ten months ago) link

Early Recordings reissue is still not listed on Discogs, so I assume there are no actual physical copies out there yet:

https://www.discogs.com/Opal-Early-Recordings/master/30242

Book Doula (sleeve), Sunday, 24 November 2019 20:56 (ten months ago) link

there are, I have one

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Sunday, 24 November 2019 22:44 (ten months ago) link

ah cool!

Book Doula (sleeve), Sunday, 24 November 2019 22:52 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

god damn it this appears to have vanished completely, still not listed on Discogs and unavailable anywhere (even Amazon)

f. hazel plz ILXmail me if you can rip yr copy?

so frustrating

subway Stalinist (sleeve), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 01:25 (eight months ago) link

The CD reissue of Happy Nightmare Baby also vanished, I assume the few copies Amazon got last year of Early Recordings were not meant to be sold, in reference to the tweet from Pat Thomas about the reissues being embargoed until the royalties for Kendra Smith get worked out.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 17:10 (eight months ago) link

haha, the saga continues ... the reissues are listed for preorder over here, but who knows: https://www.propermusic.com/label/s/sally-gardens.html

tylerw, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 17:20 (eight months ago) link

in the meantime, i recently came across a 1985 recording (with opening set by Hope Sandoval's first band): https://ia801509.us.archive.org/32/items/Opal1985-04-22TexasRecordsLosAngelesCA/Opal1985-04-22TexasRecordsLosAngelesCA.mp3?cnt=0

GOING HOME (opener)
OPAL
1985-04-22
Texas Records L.A.(CA) USA

Going Home:
1. Give You My Lovin' 3:53
2. The Scarecrow 4:32
3. 2:41
4. 2:09
Total: 13:15

Opal:
5. Lisa's Funeral 8:03
6. Rock Section 7:09
7. Blue Flower 4:58
8. Lullabye 6:03
9. She's A Diamond 3:30
10. Fell From The Sun 4:49
11. Soul Giver 9:24

tylerw, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 17:22 (eight months ago) link

thx for the webmail f. hazel, much appreciated!

subway Stalinist (sleeve), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 17:46 (eight months ago) link

thanks tylerw, a Kendra version of Blue Flower is pretty cool, and the fuzzed out Lullabye too! complete with dude creeping on Hope Sandoval after their set... Mazzy Star played Blue Flower and Rock Section when I saw them last February!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 04:03 (eight months ago) link


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