Boomkat Product Review:
An unparalleled showcase of 'American Cassette Culture: Recordings 1971 - 1983' presenting tape releases by K. Leimer, Don Slepian, Steve Roach, Marc Berrera, Anode (Productions), Young Scientist, Ken Moore, and Galen, availed on vinyl for the first time.
As Vinyl-on-Demand have almost exhausted the reserves of '80s European tape music, Frank Maier's label turns its attentions to America during the same era in order to highlight the similarities and difference between the two scenes and their double refraction of influence upon each other.
It pays particular focus to Archie Patterson's Eurock Magazine & Distribution, who distributed and/or issued many of the works contained in this box. Beside running Eurock, Patterson also hosted an influential radio show playing European rock music in the early '70s, from where he would famously hook Michael Mann up with Tangerine Dream's OST for The Thief.
There's a remarkable breadth and quality to the music inside, fathoming the spiralling synthlines and 4th world proto-electro of Steve Roach's 'Now' (1982), beside an enchanted set of early, ambient Kerry Leimer albums circa 1978-1979; the space rock of Young Scientists; abstract drone excursions from Anode Productions; personalised ambient head music from Marc Barreca.
V-O-D continue to amaze us...