Sunday, March 7, 2010

SPRATLEYS JAPS-HAZEL, CD EP, 1999, UK





Long requested in the wake of my posts of Cardiacs rarities, this briefly assembled offshoot project of Cardiacs leader Tim Smith and Joanne Spratley took inspiration from a dysfunctional mellotron that was on loan to them at the time (used extensively on their recordings) and placed the emphasis more on epically sweeping acid pop grandiosity that the Queen-meets-XTC-en route to The Rocky Horror Picture Show prog punk freneticism of The Cardiacs proper. Just goosebump-inducing work here (dig that signature squashed acid vocal effect!), though those of you who are looking for more than just this very brief EP will either have to fork out for the remaining stock of their godhead "Pony" CD that Aquarius still has in stock or wait 'til their copies run out before I up that one. Messr. Smith may have been laid low these last few years after his tragic heart attack/stroke, but his musical vision remains amongst the most profound of the last several decades. Here's more evidence to support that thesis...

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***NOTE: THERE'S A MIRRORED MEDIAFIRE LINK IN THE COMMENT FIELD*** 

12 comments:

Scott Salsman said...

Very interesting!

Anonymous said...

was just about to up this record for u folks as being kinda relevant to this post as i found spratleys japs the same week as this one hear
mooseheart faith stellar groove band - magic square uv the sun cd 1991
http://sharebee.com/5b072961
they both changed the arc uv my life for the better. the latter was
rippuppd by the fine fokes @ 'la folie du jour' blog hear
http://01fragments.blogspot.com/2008/07/mooseheart-faith-stellar-groove-band.html

schlep said...

Amen - thanks for your flash forward thinking - to the time when "Tim Smith" and "Spratleys Japs" will be talked about by nearly everyone.

vdoandsound said...

note to the anonymous fellow who keeps re-submitting a link to Spratleys Pony CD--if I say that I'm not wishing to upload an album because something is in print, it's not a wink-wink pretext to have someone else up it on the comment boards.
Items that are available from major distributors like Aquarius are not gonna be upped on MS 'til they're out of print. Blog policy. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

Still very curious as if to anyone has come up with a copy of the vinyl 'Friz Be Hmm...'. Would very much like to give it a listen. It seems to be fetching some high prices, what few can be found. It is either uber-rare, or very good.If so, why not post it? :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks

M. said...

That's quite Cardiacs alike indeed, amusing.

V ! said...

Hazel fanfares mind! Thank you!

WoW CD Key said...

If I say that I'm not wishing to upload an album as something is in print, it's not a wink-wink excuse to have someone else up it on the comment boards.

vdoandsound said...

Wow CD Key-Yes...and as Aquarius (the only outlet to have any left) are now sold out, I've upped it. Your point is?

Anonymous said...

MediaFire mirror.

mukmewx said...

The big winner here is "Secret". As "Hazel" is on Pony. And wtf is up with "Home"?