April 5, 2011
The Last Days - S/T (Irving, TX 1972)
Before you get too excited, this is only the 5 best tracks from this Collector's behemoth of a Xian album. Pretty much has everything you want from the genre. Dark, soul searching lyrics that are quite good, a quiet folky male lead with a good voice, a gentle female back up sometimes, tons of reverb and lofi mystique, great acoustic moments with fluorishes of electric guitar throughout, good song composition, and most importantly, it is near impossible to find and virtually nothing is known about the band. I find this a lot when a group is from a small town in one state and has their album pressed up somewhere else, usually in that scenario a small number of pressings to begin with turns into a minute remainder of whats left. I'm not sure how it reached the insane amount of money it gets, close to 1200 bucks, which puts it in the same class of xian folk psych as Search Party, Fraction, Azitis, Harbinger, and John Villemonte among others, especially when this album was known to sell for 300-400 bucks for a NM copy in 2004, but when a record sits atop the wanted lists of the major collectors long enough and there are none to be found, it's price grows exponentially. Anyway, like I said I only have 5 tracks from the album, I think they are the best 5 though. Enjoy what there is because I doubt there will ever be more.
Here is the .rar of the 5 tracks in 192k