Opal - Early Recordings/Happy Nightmare Baby

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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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

thx for the webmail f. hazel, much appreciated!

subway Stalinist (sleeve), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 17:46 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

dear f. hazel, sorry to bother you but I have not seen a second email from you, just checking!

let's talk about gecs baby (sleeve), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 18:49 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OsKEMrh_W0

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 00:03 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWuUYFF31rQ

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 00:29 (one year ago) link

via Ned on FB:

Pat Thomas just posted a note including this: "I manage Kendra. There will be some news soon about Opal reissues. Please do NOT ask me any more details about the release of Opal at this time. Roback made some magical music (with many of my close friends) - my favorite is the early Opal material."

sleeve, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:47 (one year ago) link

Roback made some magical music

MAGICK POWER

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 03:40 (one year ago) link

Just the most amazing song (and video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6g1IvcwL5Y

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 06:03 (one year ago) link

Just noticed that the "Verified Artist" page for Opal on Spotify--while including an authentic band photo and bio--completely features music by an unrelated artist using the same name.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 07:35 (one year ago) link

<iframe width="616" height="462" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iEamS2sQO9Q"; frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

cw, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:38 (one year ago) link

ahhhh, evidently not how that works, empty box blues, beautiful stuff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=50&v=iEamS2sQO9Q&feature=emb_logo

cw, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:42 (one year ago) link

via Elvis Telecom on FB, never seen this (great) show before

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCqD-vCS9hw

sleeve, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 22:44 (one year ago) link

wow never seen that one before!

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Wednesday, 26 February 2020 23:37 (one year ago) link

nice! it's nice that for a relatively obscure band, Opal/Clay Allison was pretty well-documented, bootleg-wise. here's one of their earliest live gigs: https://doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com/post/611039000197775360/clay-allison-mccabes-guitar-shop-santa-monica

tylerw, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 23:51 (one year ago) link

sleeve do I still owe you an email?

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Thursday, 27 February 2020 01:49 (one year ago) link

"Rocket Machine" is such a jam. What a band.

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Thursday, 27 February 2020 04:06 (one year ago) link

xp yes please!

sleeve, Thursday, 27 February 2020 04:16 (one year ago) link

https://t.co/AEQAuASxM8

— Pat Thomas (@PatThomas1964) February 27, 2020



(Release date on record shop sites I use went back to April the other day.)

Tim, Thursday, 27 February 2020 07:34 (one year ago) link

So I think I read that the opal reissue from 2019 wasn't authorized? I see it up for pre-order now. Confused

god_of_hell_fire, Thursday, 27 February 2020 16:34 (one year ago) link

My guess (genuinely only a guess) is that it was put together by someone who thought they had the rights or didn't think there would be a problem with them, then a few copies got out, then there was a problem with the rights, subsequently resolved, release is back on.

Tim, Thursday, 27 February 2020 16:39 (one year ago) link

otm imo

sleeve, Thursday, 27 February 2020 17:32 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

how did I space on the Early Recordings vol 2 mentioned upthread? I'm having a very enjoyable afternoon catching up. If I'd been handed a copy of this 25 years ago my brain would have exploded.

assert (MatthewK), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 06:27 (one year ago) link

...is this available for purchase? It's on youtube for streaming.

that's not my post, Friday, 19 June 2020 03:36 (one year ago) link

It's a boot, apparently from a tape stolen from David Roback. A few of the songs are not Opal but another member of Rain Parade I think.

assert (MatthewK), Friday, 19 June 2020 04:13 (one year ago) link

I can ysi if u ILXmail me

also paging f. hazel, I did email you but never got that link

sleeve, Friday, 19 June 2020 05:01 (one year ago) link

At least one of the songs on Early 2 is from the very first Rain Parade recordings. Matt Piucci talks about it in one of the recent episodes of the paisley underground podcast.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 19 June 2020 07:33 (one year ago) link

yeah when Matt P was first made aware of Early 2 iirc he got mad because he thought it was a legit release and Dave R was ripping off his songs or something?

chipstick rebellion (Colonel Poo), Friday, 19 June 2020 13:07 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

hrmmm

Sadly - they may never come out now - difficulties with David Roback’s management

— Pat Thomas (@PatThomas1964) July 17, 2020

tylerw, Friday, 17 July 2020 23:22 (eleven months ago) link

gahhh

f. hazel plz check yr ilxmail

sleeve, Saturday, 18 July 2020 00:55 (eleven months ago) link

Sucks to hear it. :-/

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 18 July 2020 00:56 (eleven months ago) link

three months pass...

Thanks to David Roback, his management and the record company- these two releases are permanently cancelled. Yes, CDs were manufactured and a few copies were sold last November. Sadly the remainder will be destroyed. Kendra & I did everything we could to make this release happen

— Pat Thomas (@PatThomas1964) November 11, 2020

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 15:41 (seven months ago) link

fuuuuuck

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 16:17 (seven months ago) link

such bullshit

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 16:17 (seven months ago) link

he goes on to say: "it’s too complex to write it all out on Twitter, but I will say there were unreasonable and immoral demands set forth."

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 16:25 (seven months ago) link

i'm trying to imagine who would be good for an opal / kendra smith tribute album ...

heron oblivion
damon & naomi
magik markers
dream syndicate
dean & britta

who else?!

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 16:26 (seven months ago) link

I saw Opal split up onstage in London in 1988, not their greatest show I'm guessing.

happy dreamhorse baby (Matt #2), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 16:35 (seven months ago) link

I'm still baffled a bit: was this some sort of final wish of Roback's before he died or was in his will, or is his estate just jerking everyone's chain?

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 17:03 (seven months ago) link

yeah i really have no idea.

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 17:37 (seven months ago) link

yeah it's a bit weird to blame him now given he's dead

akm, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 17:59 (seven months ago) link

the 'immoral' statement makes me assume that there was some assertion on Roback or his estate's part that would have denied any funds going to Kendra. Did they hate each other?

akm, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:02 (seven months ago) link

well that's depressing!

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:04 (seven months ago) link

Low would be great for a tribute album.

akm, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:04 (seven months ago) link

there's already four Opal tribute albums, the last one was called Seasons of Your Day

thousand-yard spiral stairs (f. hazel), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:07 (seven months ago) link

haha, really? well i missed those.

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:14 (seven months ago) link

oh lol, i get it now.

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:15 (seven months ago) link

Wouldn't mind hearing William Reid sing "She's a Diamond".

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:50 (seven months ago) link

so weird that they are going to destroy the remaining copies of this. I get that they can't sell them but surely they could give them away, at least?

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 11 November 2020 19:06 (seven months ago) link


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