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RENALDO & THE LOAF Songs For Swinging Larvae

2CD album | gg184
The second step in our Renaldo & The Loaf re-issue programme! After Struve & Sneff, we are proud to offer you a remastered and expanded version of "Songs for Swinging Larvae". Originally released in 1981 on The Residents' Ralph Records, "Larvae" is no doubt one of Renaldo & The Loaf's most loved albums. The original vinyl/CD release has been carefully remastered, disc 2 brings you rare material and unreleased tracks from around the time of the album. To be more precise, the second CD, "Songs from the Surgery", is made up of improvisations, early/ alternative versions of a few Larvae tracks and unreleased pieces contemporary with Larvae, in all totaling over 50 minutes. In the band's opinion this material will surprise people because it is quite different to most of the material on Larvae. They think it will particularly confound people who saw Renaldo and the Loaf as merely “the English Residents”! We agree. Tracklist: 1. Lime Jelly Grass 2. A Medical Man 3. Bali Whine 4. Kimbolton Gnome Song 5. Frass 6. N2O (Going Under) 7. B.P.M. 8. Spratts Medium 9. Honest Joe's Indian Gets The Goat On The Way To The Cowboys' Conga 10. Ow! Stew The Red Shoe 11. Bustle The Burgoo 12. Is Guava A Donut? 13. A Sob Story 14. Hats Off, Gentlemen! 15. Renaldo's Trip To Venice 16. Ted's Reverie 17. Henri Lies 18. LDI - 1 19. The Wheelchair Song (Sketch) 20. LDI - 2 + Untitled Voice & Guitar Piece 21. Moths On Sloths Version 1 22. A Medical Man (Early Version) 23. LDI - 3 24. Honest Joe's Indian (Early Version) 25. LDI - 4 26. Fat Man's Visit 27. Melvyn's Repose 28. Moths On Sloths Version 2 29. Bustle The Burgoo (Early Version) 30. Acoustic Guitar Sketch 31. The Hydrophile 32. LDI - 5 33. Gone To Gondwana (Original Version 34. Token Nudity 35. N2O (Going Under) (Alternative Mix) 36. It Is What It Is (Really) 37. Father Always Kept His Hand Closed. Price: € 22,-/copy incl worldwide shipping.

Absolut großartige Platte, die zunächst auf dem Label der Residents "Ralph Records" veröffentlicht wurde (1981). Die Original Platte enthält schon sehr abgedrehte, verfremdete und befremliche Soundcollagen oder musikalsiche Skizzen, zu denen völlig hochgepitchte und verfremdete Stimmen/Voclas kommen. Hier trifft der Ausdruck "difficult music" mal wieder zu und man muss sich dieses Werk durch vielfaches Hören erschließen. Das Hauptinstrument der beiden Engländer ist, wie bei den Residents, ist das Studio. Gemeinsam haben sie später das Album "Title in Limbo" verbrochen, auch ganz "großes Kino". Hier werden uns durch die "Klanggalerie" (aus Österreich) noch die frühen "Work in progress" oder "altenate Versionen" auf CD 2 zugänglich gemacht. Die "erleuchten" so manchen Arbeitsgang oder machen das ursprüngliche Werk, um noch eine Facette reicher. Wer das Album schätzt und kennt sollte hier zugreifen.
(Amazon.de, October 2014)

Renaldo and the Loaf are a British two piece who conjure up a bizarre & surreal blend of: avant-garde pop, wonky (off) world music, tape loops, and general sonic quirkiness. The band originally existed between 1975 & 1988, and have recently re-grouped again. Here is a two CD reissue of the band’s infamous first (official) album from 1981, and really if you enjoy weird, wonky & unwell music this really is something you must check out. (...) Certainly on tracks like the opener “Lime Jelly Grass” you can hear The Residents influence, with it’s wiry & wonky marching toy band mix of blunt yet bouncing de-tuned guitar, toy horn work, & marching drums. But then on tracks like “Is Guava A Donut”, you get a distinctively more English take on sonic odd-ness- as the track sounds like a blend of off-colour This Heat, Monty Python, and a unhinged & sped-up one band playing a musical hall tune. We even get Reich like moments with “Hats Off Gentlemen”, which brings together shifting & intermingling layers of looped piano repetition. (...) The second disc, entitled Songs From The Surgery, takes in 21 tracks & has a running time of 50 minutes. Featured on this disc is a collection of alternative versions of album tracks, along with a host of unreleased tracks. And the way this second disc has been sequenced it really plays as a album in it’s own right- the alternative versions of mostly different enough to stand on their own, and the new tracks offer up the own odd sonic fruits, which at times show a quite different darker & slurred side to the bands sound.
(Musique Machine, January 2016)