Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Best Album Never Published [Part One]



I had been vaguely aware of Mark Mothersbaugh having collaborated with Hajime Tachibana, but had no idea that it had been enough output to create a full-length album. At the Devo fansite 'Booji Boy's Basement', a rough album has been assembled of these collaborative efforts from the late nineteen eighties. The album is eleven tracks long and had the webmasters at Booji Boy's not painstakingly documented the source of every track, I would have assumed this to be not a collection so much as a carefully planned album.

Fans of Mr. Mothersbaugh's work will recognize some familiar melodies, on the track 'Deep River Mansion', the song breaks down into a bridge that many children may recognize as the end titles to the television program 'Pee Wee's Playhouse' for which Mothersbaugh had done the music. Most of the other tracks sound reminescent of Mothersbaugh's proto soundtrack works, published in the late eighties as the 'Muzik For Insomniaks' series.

Booji Boy's basement, unfortunately, does not offer full album downloads but they will send you the album collection if you send them postage and blank media. In these days of instant gratification that may sound as though it may be too much of a hassle but for this 'best album never released', it is more than worth it.

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