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. 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 Powell. The first tape documents their primitive rehearsals in summer '76, entitled 'The Piano Sessions', when they went by the name of China, on side A, and their transition into Mars on side B's 'June '77 session. Tape 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 final tape holds their final recordings between July to November 1978, with loadsa skewed motorik drums and wrenched riffs completing their devolution into a primordial, but futurist skronk rock dissonance. Highly recommended.