JERRY HARRISON – ” The Red And The Black ” Record Store Day 2023

Posted: April 23, 2023 in MUSIC

The early 80s was quite a time for Talking Heads fans. Not only were the band releasing seminal albums such as “Remain In Light”, but the individual members all weighed in with memorable solo projects. David Byrne and Brian Eno’s “My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts” copped the critical plaudits, while Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth won hearts with their spin off Tom Tom Club. However, guitarist/keyboardist Jerry Harrison was the dark horse, with his underrated solo debut, 1981’s “The Red And The Black“, tapping into a dense and fascinating seam of urban funk. Still ripe for rediscovery, the record returns as part of a suitably fetching red and black vinyl set; it’s been recut from the original master tapes and comes with a disc of previously unreleased outtakes and alternate mixes.

Whether it was with the Modern Lovers or Talking Heads, multi-instrumentalist Jerry Harrison was the secret weapon that pushed both groups to creative heights. His 1981 solo debut is one of the lost treasures of the Talking Heads multiverse, featuring guest vocals from Nona Hendryx and guitar sparks from current tourmate Adrian Belew. This limited edition expanded edition to be released on Record Store Day adds on a full bonus LP worth of instrumental versions of the album’s funky, angular nine songs, recut from the original tapes.

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