Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band - Pedal Steal + Four Corners Vinyl LP + 3CD
Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band Pedal Steal + Four Corners Vinyl LP + 3CD
First-Ever Vinyl Edition of Pedal Steal (1985) and First-Ever Release of the Four Corners Radio Plays (1986-1993); All Audio Meticulously Remastered from the Original Master Tapes
Legendary Texan artist Terry Allen occupies a unique position straddling the frontiers of country music and conceptual art; he has worked with everyone from Guy Clark to David Byrne to Lucinda Williams, and his artwork resides in museums worldwide. Pedal Steal + Four Corners collects, for the first time, Allen's radio plays and long-form narrative audio works – two and a half hours of cinematic songs, stories, and country-concrète sound collage – in a deluxe gatefold edition, including one standard black vinyl LP, three CDs, a DL code, and an exhaustive 28-page color booklet boasting the first in-depth essay to explore this singular body of work; dozens of images of Allen's related visual art; and full scripts and credits for all five pieces.
Pedal Steal (1985), originally composed as a soundtrack to a dance performance, appears on vinyl for the first time, as well as on CD. Torso Hell (1986), Bleeder (1990), Reunion (a return to Juarez) (1992), and Dugout (1993) comprise the Four Corners suite, radio plays broadcast on NPR and never before released, now spanning two CDs.
All audio has been meticulously remastered from the original tapes. Fans of Allen's violent masterpiece Juarez will find much to love in these haunting Southwestern desert dramas, which feature Jo Harvey Allen, Lloyd Maines, Butch Hancock, Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys, and many others. Roger Corman tried to option the film rights; Jesse Helms tried to ban them; now you can own them!
The five works on Pedal Steal + Four Corners were all created during a period of intense, condensed creativity spanning eight years, are all closely related to his interdisciplinary bodies of visual art and performance, and are all set in the American Southwest and West.
Like Allen's songwriting, which only nominally fits within the realm of country music ("Which country?" Terry quips), his work for radio, and his long-form narrative audio recordings more broadly, appropriate the general form and format of the genre, or medium, of popular radio dramas – monologue, dialogue, songs, interstitial instrumentals, and diegetic sound cues within a roughly thirty minute running time - but transform it into something much denser with meaning within a postmodern art context. They prefigure similar podcast experiments by decades.
Pedal Steal + Four Corners serves as a ligament between Terry Allen's music, writing, visual art, and theatrical work, and as a bridge to Jo Harvey's writing, theatrical work, film work, and acting. And yet they function as standalone documents, stripped of the accretion of visual cues, the shell of objecthood, while retaining the density and transport of dreaming. In the absence of the visual, what is left resembles spells, rituals, enactments of story and spirits, air and angels – in other words, memories.
• Deluxe vinyl LP + 3CD + book set
• All audio has been meticulously remastered from the original master tapes for this first-ever vinyl edition of Pedal Steal (1985) and first-ever release of the Four Corners radio plays (1986 – 1993)
• Standard black vinyl LP with heavy-duty board gatefold jacket and printed inner LP sleeve
• Custom 3CD portfolio
• High-res Bandcamp download code
• Exhaustive 28-page color booklet boasting the first in-depth essay to explore this singular body of work, dozens of images of Allen's related visual art, and full scripts and credits for all five pieces
Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band Pedal Steal + Four Corners Track Listing:
1. Pedal Steal (Part 1) 16:10
2. Pedal Steal (Part 2) 19:25
1. Pedal Steal 35:32
1. Torso Hell 25:26
2. Bleeder 28:57
1. Reunion (a return to Juarez) 27:09
2. Dugout 27:57
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