The Rave-Ups’ 1985 album Town + Country to be reissued by Omnivore Recordings on July 8.
Americana pioneers’ debut album reissued and expanded with 11 bonus tracks. Contains sought-after “Positively Lost Me” from the film Pretty In Pink. Also features new liner notes by frontman Jimmer Podrasky and many never-seen photographs.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — While the members of The Rave-Ups held day jobs in the mailroom at A&M Records, they were able to use the label’s studios at night and during lunch breaks to record what would become a genre-defining release. Enlisting the help of producer Stephen Barncard (Grateful Dead’s American Beauty) as well as the legendary pedal-steel player Sneaky Pete Kleinow, the band released Town + Country in 1985.
The album gained enough attention to get the band featured in John Hughes’ classic 1986 film Pretty In Pink. Sadly, their “Positively Lost Me” didn’t make the soundtrack, and the Fun Stuff Records-issued Town + Country fell out of print. Fans of the band (and the film) have been searching for it ever since. Three decades later, it’s finally available again.
This reissue of Town + Country features the original 10 songs, plus a whopping 11 previously unissued bonus tracks — including live radio performances recorded for Dierdre O’Donough’s influential Snap program on Los Angeles’ legendary KCRW-FM, as well as 1986 material produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and Mark Linett. A detailed historical essay from the band’s Jimmer Podrasky, complemented by numerous unseen photos from the sessions/era, make this not only a document of time + place, but one that helps document a moment in musical history.
Mastering and restoration was overseen by Grammy® winner Gavin Lurssen
According to Podrasky from the liners: “Music has the uncanny ability to thwart time and space. It informs a moment. It indexes lives. It creates strange bedfellows. It outlasts people—even the people who helped make the music. Music resonates more than any other art form — that is its unique power. It remains with us long after the last note has faded. Town + Country was the beginning of a lifelong journey for me—the start of a trip that still hasn’t ended. I’m proud and honored to have been a part of something that has withstood the test of time.”
Town + Country has been gone for far too long. Now, fans can positively find it.
CD/Digital Track List:
1. Positively Lost Me
2. Remember (Newman’s Lovesong)
3. Better World
4. Class Tramp
5. In My Gremlin
7. By The Way
8. Not Where You’re At (But Where You Will Be)
9. You Ain’t Goin Nowhere
Previously Unissued Bonus Tracks:
11. If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song) (Fun Stuff demo)
12. Nine Pound Hammer (Live on Snap)
13. Positively Lost Me (Live on Snap)
14. Square Hole
15. Train To Nowhere (Early Version)
16. The Rumor
17. Please Take Her (She’s Mine) (Early Version)
18. Mickey Of Alphabet City (Early Version)
19. No No No
20. See You
21. Blue Carrot (Early Version)
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