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From Los Angeles and part of the ‘Paisley Underground’ In the early 80’s, we have Rain Parade. Brainchild of brothers Steven and (the late, great) David Roback, along with multi instrumentalist Matt Piucci, released their first album on the Enigma label called, ‘Emergency Third Rail Power Trip’ in 1983. David left shortly after to form his band Opal, and the band carried on with a 1984 mini lp called ‘Explosions in the Glass Palace.’

Of all the albums that emerged from the L.A.“Paisley Underground” scene, Rain Parade’s Emergency 3rd Rail Power Trip (1983)—and its follow-up EP, Explosions in the Glass Palace (1984)—were probably the most transparent in their influences and probably the most successful in transcending them. Here was the jangle-rock of the Byrds married with the soft, downbeat vocal harmonies of early Pink Floyd, infused with a Love-like delicacy—yet the dark lyrical themes and droning twin guitar melodies made listening to Rain Parade like being on an acid trip teetering on the knife edge between pure nirvana and colossal bummer. Which, for true fans of psychedelia, was an awfully sweet spot to be.

Rain Parade fashioned traditional, gentle psychedelic pop on Emergency Third Rail Power Trip, including the dreamy “What’s She Done to Your Mind” and the Byrds-ish “This Can’t Be Today” (with the Dream Syndicate’s Kendra Smith). They were clearly way ahead of their time, and it would take years before sleepy music (à la founding Rain Parade member David Roback’s Mazzy Star) would catch on. This record sounds no more made in the ’80s than in the ’60s or ’90s.

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Listeners who were enraptured by this band’s first effort should enjoy this follow-up, even though principal member David Roback had already quit. Don’t know if this is considered an LP or EP, as it clocks in at a mere 20 minutes, but it’s still superior to other recycled psychedelia from L.A.’s Paisley Underground. Layered guitars, special effects, droning vocals, catchy hooks — they’re all here. The Rain Parade never broke any barriers during their brief existence, but they really captured the spirit of ’60s psychedelic rock better than most.

At Real Gone Music they are thrilled to be putting these two classic records back into print, both of them complete on a single CD and including “Look Both Ways,” the track that was left off the original U.S. release, with liner notes by Paisley Underground historian Pat Thomas featuring quotes from Rain Parade founding members, guitarist Matt Piucci and bassist Steven Roback. And even more important, our new single CD edition of this twofer features a brand new remastering by Mike Milchner of SonicVision approved by both Matt Piucci and Steven Roback…the first remastering since the album was originally released on CD back in the ‘90s!