Unreleased pop-psych masterpiece from Morton, Illinois’ Thanatopsis
This album was recorded c. 1968 at Golden Voice Recording by Jerry Milam and unheard until 2018. Thanatopsis treats us to everything from baroque pop to psychedelic teenbeat garage.
This release contains the first and only official reissue of the songs from their sought-after Golden Voice 45 as well as 10 other cuts, ranging from Mothers Of Invention inspired wackiness to sincere late ’60’s teen pop. Thantaopsis pushed the limits of the freshly built four-track studio with new sounds and experimentation.
LP / CD / Digital include insert with rare photos of the group and detailed liner notes.
TRIAL BY FIRE – 1982 – LP / CD / Digital – out now.
Trial By Fire – 1982
The Holy Grail of 1980’s Chicago Punk!
Alona’s Dream Records in collaboration with Regressive Films is proud to announce that the lost and unreleased 1981 LP by Trial By Fire is finally going to see its first official release on vinyl, CD and digital.
When Chicago Punk legends Strike Under broke up in 1981, three of the four members went on to form Trial By Fire. They were one of the first Chicago bands to play thrash-style hardcore and quickly became scene favorites, especially among the younger all-ages set.
Far from being a by-the-numbers hardcore group, Trial By Fire’s sound bore a heavy Stranglers and post-punk influence as well. They created a unique repertoire which sits alongside the best of the Effigies, Strike Under and Naked Raygun. In fact, when bassist / vocalist Pierre Kezdy later joined Naked Raygun, he brought along their classic “Rocks Of Sweden” with him.
This album was recorded in 1982 by studio great Timothy Powell (Effigies, Strike Under, Naked Raygun, Da!) in a warehouse adjacent to the famed birthplace of House music, The Warehouse! These tracks represent a moment when underground music was brave, adventurous and flourishing in the rundown streets of early 80’s Chicago. The songs were transferred from the original master tapes by Powell himself and still sound incredibly fresh and relevant in 2017.
Gidians Bible got their start in the fertile 1960’s Illinois music scene. During their brief existence they recorded five heavy psychedelic originals at Golden Voice Recording Co. This EP features all their songs: two from their sought after Golden Voice 45 and all three of their other unreleased cuts.
Includes insert featuring unseen pictures and written history of the band!
***GIDIANS BIBLE FANS Be sure to check out The Wombats also on Alona’s Dream.
This anthology collects Food & Money’s entire discography into one release. It also features unreleased bonus tracks. This album includes their sought after first 7” “Economic Bullies” (1980). It also includes their only other proper release, the live cassette “No Loafers” (1982). 21 songs total, 6 previously unreleased.
Springfield Illinois’ Food & Money formed in the waning years of the 1970’s. They were a musical fish out of water among the honky-tonkin’ bar-rocking cover bands of central Illinois circa 1979. Not content with the ubiquitous middle of the road FM radio rock of their peers, Food & Money played absurd, funky, socially conscious, sarcastic new wave and were pioneers of weird in the mostly conservative midwest scene.
Food & Money played Chicago’s early new wave scene with appearances at TUTS (along side the Corrosives and the Lubricants!). They headlined the first Vertabrats show in Champaign / Urbana’s burgeoning power pop scene. They also made appearances in St Louis and played live on public access TV. During their original run they recorded one 7” EP and a live cassette album.
Includes color insert with never before seen photos and liner notes!
Classic midwestern American psychedelic rock from Iowa legends The Contents Are. A lost late ’60’s psych gem produced by studio legend Jerry Milam. Recorded in 1969 at Golden Voice Recording Co. South Pekin, IL and unreleased until 2017.
“Had this album been released in 1969/70, it would be worth thousands of dollars today. Without the persistence of Alona’s Dream Records this may have never seen the light of day. The mastering is impeccable and musically it sounds exactly like what it is – the real thing. It is a must-have for any serious psych/garage collection.” Craig Moore, GONN / Younger Than Yesterday