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East River Pipe reissues classic LP, reveals next one
3 April 2002
Shining Hours In A Can was ERPs first full length to appear on CD when it came out on Chicagos Ajax Records back in 94. It compiled then-new tracks with singles and B-sides previously available on Ajax, on Bristol Englands legendary Sarah Records, and on Hell Gate Recordsthe label run by Cornogs partner and 'organizer of chaos,' Barbara Powers. Chapel Hill, North Carolinas Merge Records re-released the LP two years later. Both those versions are long out of print.
The new edition, out two weeks ago on Merge, has new artwork and liner notes and features two rare bonus tracks: Hide My Life Away From You (previously available on the Sarah EP Even The Sun Was Afraid) and Miracleland (previously released as a single). Fans whove nestled under the wing of Cornogs emotional purity will want the new disc just for those songs. For the uninitiated, the new edition is a very nicely packaged introduction to this gentle and expressive souls musical world.
Cornog is writing and recording a new full length, whose working title is Garbageheads On Endless Stun. Merge will release that album as soon as its ready, which may be as early as this fall... or perhaps spring 2003. You see, F.M. Cornog, who has come through alcohol abuse, homelessness, and hopelessness to see the other side, is now working full time and so the recording is taking a bit longer. In the words of a publicist, no matter how long it takes, it is bound to be sublime.
For comfortably strolling along the wavy border between naive art and sublime sophistication, and for stunningly eloquent expression of hope in the midst of despair, F.M. Cornogs Shining Hours In A Can earns four bites out of five.
Rockbites ratings 5: life changing, 4: stunning, 3: captivating, 2: amusing, 1: annoying.
You wont be catching ERP in your town anytime soon, because Cornog rarely performs live, if ever. | East River Pipe fan site (semi-official) | | ERP on Merge Records | | CD from Amazon US | | discography | | top of page |
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