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The Coctails-Popcorn Box
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--Three CD box set includes material from their entire oeuvre including many studio songs that never found a place on an album, like the incredible, jazzy Skeleton Bones with Robert from QUINTRON and MATH. Many much-requested tracks from their first two vinyl albums, Hip Hip Hooray and Here Now Today that were not included on The Early Hi-Ball Years. Songs from their singles on Hi-Ball, Telstar, SOL, and Insipid Vinyl, including their live favorite, Penguin/Powerhouse Raymond Scott medley, their version of the Devo Corporate Anthem, and their cover of the garage rock nugget Why used to close their live sets. Also includes the entire Hello Records EP, which held some of their most alluring work, previously only available to subscribers of the short-lived service from They Might Be Giants. 56 songs over 3.2 hours, all lovingly remastered, almost all from original source tapes! 52pp perfect bound book full of liners & memorabilia wrapped in eye-popping popcorn box!

21 tracks previously unreleased on CD! plus 12 previously unreleased tracks!!


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The Coctails -Live at Lounge Ax, Chicago CD
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--19 songs, 8 non-lp tracks, with some never before released. A sweeping “best of” done live recorded at their last show! Studio quality sound by Bob Weston as well, so fear not.

 


The Coctails-The Coctails CD
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--A definite maturing in the band’s musical sensibility, execution, vision, & cohesion and a major leap from their previous efforts. Their almost constant touring since "Peel" came out honed their already keen pop breadth and depth to razor sharpness on this offering. It’s composed of ballads, some flat out rockers, some somber, almost folky Nick Drake-ish numbers, a pump organ funereal dirge, & of course a few well-crafted catchy pop tunes with the kind of flair that only they can muster. Recorded with Stuart Moxham (Young Marble Giants), Bob Weston (Shellac, Volcano Suns) & by themselves on a four track in their loft.


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The Coctails-Peel CD
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Rockin’ album produced by Bob Weston (Shellac/Volcano Suns) & Stuart Moxham (Young Marble Giants)! Surefire pop gem after gem.

 

 

 

 

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The Coctails-Long Sound CD
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Their most challenging album, originally released in 1993. An excellent instrumental garage "jazz-like" album with 4 untrained guys distilling their favorite bits of Mingus, Sun Ra & Miles into a cohesive work that was too rock for the jazz snobs & waaaay too jazz for the pop/rock crowd at the time. As usual, they were either way past their time, or way ahead of it.
From the liners: "A particular aesthetic that could fall somewhere between The Shaggs' masterpiece Philosophy of the World & Albert Ayler's Spirits Rejoice. Features performances by KEN VANDERMARK on 3 songs, HAL RUSSELL (NRG ENSEMBLE) on 2 songs & are his final recordings, & Dave Max Crawford (ARCHER PREWITT, POI DOG PONDERING) on 2 songs. "Riveting in its intensity & refreshing, for these days, in its originality." — Cadence 8/94


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The Coctails-The Early Hi-Ball Years CD
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Compiles selected tracks from the vinyl only, long out of print Hi-Ball releases 1990's Hip Hip Hooray!, 1991's Here Now Today & the ever charming Songs for Children 7”EP, plus unreleased stuff only available here. The release that started this whole mess.


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L I S T E N

Das Bakeria (The Donut Shoppe)
Why
Rose Selavy
Skeleton Bones
The Penguin/Powerhouse
All tracks from Popcorn Box


L I N K S
Greg Kot offers a nice Coctails career summary at trouserpress.com

An interview by Carrie McLaren & Todd Morman for Stay Free #8 archived at the awesome ibiblio.org.