Peter Holsapple vs. Alex Chilton The Death of Rock LP
Newly Discovered Recordings For The Curious & The Completists On Vinyl LP!
Pressed at RTI!
Newly discovered recordings of early solo Peter Holsapple and Like Flies On
Sherbert–era Alex Chilton.
It was 1978 at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, TN when Peter
Holsapple rolled into town chasing the essence of Big Star. He hooked up with
musician/engineer/friend-of-Big-Star, Richard Rosebrough after approaching, and
being turned down by, Chris Bell who Holsapple had hoped might be interested in
producing him. Together Richard and Peter started laying down tracks during the
off hours at the studio. Chilton meanwhile, was knee deep in the making of Like
Flies On Sherbert, also being tracked at Phillips. He told Peter, "I heard some
of that stuff you're working on with Richard . . . and it really sucks." Alex
promised to come by and show Peter "how it's done." The results? Alex's tracks
definitely line up with the chaos found on Flies, while several of Peter's songs
found homes on The dB's albums ("Bad Reputation" and "We Were Happy There") and
on an album by The Troggs ("The Death Of Rock" retooled as "I'm In Control"), so
not a loss at all. What we have in these newly discovered tapes is a fascinating
pivot point with both artists moving past each other headed in distinctly
different directions. Chilton moved toward punk/psychobilly as he began playing
with Tav Falco's Panther Burns and produced The Cramps debut, Songs The Lord
Taught Us, within a few months of these recordings. Holsapple was off to New
York to audition for The dB's and enter the world of "sweet pop."
Liner notes by Peter Holsapple tell the story of these recordings firsthand and
author/filmmaker/Memphian, Robert Gordon, helps pull the time and place into
focus. Previously unseen photos included in the package are drawn from the
collections of Peter Holsapple and Pat Rainer.
Produced by Cheryl Pawelski with mastering by Mike Graves at Osiris Studio and
Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl/Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, who
brings it all right back to where it started.
• Vinyl LP
• Vinyl cut by Jeff Powell at Take Out Vinyl/Sam Phillips Recording Service,
• Pressed at RTI
• Liner notes by Peter Holsapple and author/filmmaker, Robert Gordon
• Previously unseen photos from the collections of Peter Holsapple and Pat
• Limited time download card includes 8 bonus tracks
Side 1 - Peter Holsapple:
1. Bad Reputation
2. House Is Not A Home
3. We Were Happy There
4. The Death Of Rock
5. Take Me Back
6. Mind Your Manners (Backing Track)
Side 2 - Alex Chilton:
1. Tennis Bum
2. Marshall Law
3. Heart And Soul
4. Train Kept A Rollin'
5. Hey Mona