Despite my earlier post on the death of the CD, I bought some CDs recently. I gave my record collection to a charity shop some years back. Recently, I’ve been missing some of those records. In particular, I had a record by (The) Scars called “Author! Author!”, which was a minor masterpiece of post-punk pop. Until recently, it had been unavailable on CD, but has finally been released. Despite being one of the best records of that era, The Scars had little or no commercial success and disintegrated soon after. They still sound as fresh as when I first heard them. My dedication was shown by the fact that it is the most expensive CD that I’ve bought in a very long time!
I also bought another incredibly obscure album: “Mainstream” by Quiet Sun. This is a totally awesome album by Phil Manzanera’s pre-Roxy Music group. It was recorded in between the sessions for his “Diamond Head” album. I never liked Roxy Music that much, but rated Manzanera’s guitar work as almost on a par with Robert Fripp. Mainstream is a brilliant demonstration of electric guitar playing. The rest of the group are pretty good as well. At the same time I bought 801 Live, which was an offshoot of this project and gained much critical acclaim. Perhaps I’m getting old, but I enjoy reaching back to the music of my youth. It’s surprising how fresh it still sounds.