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Re: (TV) The man who recorded the original "Arrow" boot says:

Thanks for sharing, Keith!


On Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 8:21 AM, Keith Allison <keith@thewonder.co.uk>wrote:

> I moved to New York in the spring of 1977, following a weekend jaunt which
> included a trip to CBGB for a first taste of live Television. Returning to
> Ohio, I spent a trial night in an apartment at The Plaza in Cleveland
> recently vacated by an aspiring Contortion. As I surveyed the frozen
> parking lot next morning to make sure my Studebaker was still there, I
> decided that if I was going to move someplace scary and bleak, I might as
> well think big. But by the time I got back to Manhattan, Richard Lloyd was
> in rehab in preparation for Television's European debut, so almost a year
> passed before I got the chance for a recharge. When show day finally came I
> hid my Nakamichi 550 in the bottom of a crumpled bag of thrift store shirts
> and set out for Long Island, where the expected fireworks ensued. A couple
> of years later a friend with a mail order record business (another big
> Television fan) suggested a bootleg of the big night. Most of them went to
> an exporter he worked with, but I would visit Bleecker Bob in the West
> Village a couple of times a week to sell to this notorious cheapskate, a
> pitiful few copies at a time. Although it was a steady seller in his shop,
> he refused to tie up his working capital. He always complained about the
> cover, too. At some point, Neil Cooper of ROIR decided to make a play for
> the cassette masters, advising my partner in crime that he intended to
> reissue with or without our cooperation. We eventually gave in, surprising
> Verlaine with a modest royalty payment the next time he came around to
> unload dispensables from his record collection - like the L'Intrepide Bavon
> Marie Marie LP I took home. Whenever our little project is mentioned,
> there's always a disclaimer that the original vinyl boot sounds better than
> the Blow Up reissue. Well, we tried. Disc mastering was done at an upper
> crust Hollywood establishment when Lindsey Buckingham had finally run out
> of coke and gone home for the day, the metal stampers came from Europadisk,
> the first high-end facility of its kind in the US. I also rejected test
> pressings from three boroughs plants before I found one in outer Jersey
> that could handle grooves narrowed by the twenty-five minutes per side
> running time. It was only as I was preparing this post that I discovered
> The Blow Up omits Poor Circulation, Arrow's rarest gem.
> television
> arrow (bootleg)
> double exposure f-85 (1980)
> 01 Fire Engine 4.19
> 02 Poor Circulation 5.31
> 03 Little Johnny Jewel 14.44
> 04 Knockin' On Heaven's Door 8.07
> 05 Prove It 5.20
> 06 Friction 4.58
> 07 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 7.11
> and:
> Mitali du Monde said...
> Being that "mail order" dealer
> referred to here, I can verify that the author (who was always an
> extremely tasteful gentleman,and though we're out of touch,one of the
> persons in my life I will always have a warm spot for) took exceptional
> effort to asure a quality release. We were proud when Tom Verlaine wanted
> to "legitimize" the recording, and it was mainly done for the love of the
> music. The "master" was sold for a very nominal fee to ROIR, and
> indeed,several royalty payments were made directly to the artist.(I
> embarassingly refused a 20% "tip" Tom offered me, and some of my mail order
> customers got a unique bonus when Verlaine defaced the covers of the
> Italian "Eno demos" LPs I had by writing legends such as "the info about
> these recordings is pure bull.." on each and every cover!)
> And I still listen to a Bavon Marie Marie LP I also got when purchasing
> one of Tom's collections!!
> found here: http://luckypsychichut.blogspot.co.uk/2009/11/
> television-arrow-bootleg.html
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