Boomkat Product Review:
For the first time, this amazing two hour collection documents the genesis and evo/devolution of one of rock music's most radical and important units, now on vinyl for the first time ever.
In their short lifespan, 1976-78, Sumner Crane, Nancy Arlen, Lucy Hamilton and Mark Cunningham aka MARS played CBGBs, worked with Brian Eno, and only released two singles, proper, yet their undisciplined deconstruction of garage and punk was considerably more potent than, say, the Sex Pistols, and left a legacy whose influence still reverberates today in the music of everyone from Wolf Eyes to Dilloway.
The first LP documents their primitive rehearsals in summer '76, entitled 'The Piano Sessions', when they went by the name of China on the A SIde, and their transition into Mars on side B's 'June '77 session. LP 2 holds a slew of lip-bitingly ace versions for '11,000 volts' on side A, and the alternative takes for their part in the Eno-produced 'No New York' sessions on side B, including skeletal drum and vocal mixes and continuous takes.
The last LP holds their final recordings between July to November 1978, with loads of skewed motorik drums and wrenched riffs completing their devolution into a primordial, but futurist skronk rock dissonance.