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Mike Keneally "The Tar Tapes, Vol. 1" (Download)

(Released in 1997.)

This was originally issued as a limited edition collection of 17 live, studio and demo recordings from Mike's self-described "non-illustrious past," drawn from a collection of five cassettes he marketed via mail order in the '80s and very early '90s. It's been out of print for a long time, and now it's available exclusively via download. Also included is an eight-page digital reproduction of the original CD cover, liner notes and lyrics.

Below are the song titles, each followed by a brief description, the Tar Tape title from which it was excerpted and the year of its recording.

  • BRING ME WINGS (a four-track home demo with MK on all instruments, from the cassette "Fashion Poisoning, recorded in 1986.)
  • HORSERACE (a 16-track recording from Double Time studio featuring Drop Control [MK, Marty Keneally, Doug Booth and Alan Silverstein]), from "Your Way Bitchin' Bonus Tape", 1990.)
  • COMPANION (4-track home demo with MK on all instruments, Mike and Marty on drum programming, from "The Wow Sound Of Affable Mort", 1983.)
  • WAITING ON WILLIAMS (live soundboard recording by Drop Control of a song subsequently remade for the "Mistakes" album, recorded at the Bacchanal in San Diego, from "Drop Control: Live/Studio 1986-1990", 1989.)
  • ALL FOR THE SAKE OF SOUND (4-track home demo with MK on everything, from "Life's A Butter Dream", 1983.)
  • MOLEHEAD REVISITED (MacIntosh soundfile with MK on keyboard and Scott Chatfield on orchestration, recorded at Chatfield Manor Number One, from "Your Way Bitchin' Bonus Tape", 1991.)
  • DESTINY BOY (live soundboard by Drop Control at the Bacchanal, from "Drop Control: Live/Studio 1986-1990", 1989.)
  • OPEN UP! (4-track home demo with MK on everything of song subsequently remade for "hat.", from "Fashion Poisoning", 1986.)
  • DON'T GO IN CAVES (4-track home demo with MK on everything, from "Elephants Walking Under God", 1984.)
  • AIRPORT (24-track recording at The Studio with MK on piano, from "Your Way Bitchin' Bonus Tape", 1989.)
  • PERFORMING MIRACLES (16-track recording by Drop Control at Double Time of a song subsequently remade for "hat.", from "Your Way Bitchin' Bonus Tape", 1990.)
  • KILLER FISH (4-track home demo with MK on everything, from "Life's A Butter Dream", 1983.)
  • ALARM (4-track home demo with MK on everything, from "Life's A Butter Dream", 1983.)
  • TUG (4-track home demo with MK on everything, from "Fashion Poisoning", 1986.)
  • PENCIL MUSIC FROM "THE NEW SECRET CITY ADVENTURES" (16-track recording with MK on everything, recorded at Double Time, from "Your Way Bitchin' Bonus Tape", 1989.)
  • BE YOURSELF BRIAN (live soundboard by Drop Control at the Bacchanal, from "Drop Control: Live/Studio 1986-1990", 1989.)
  • WHAT HAPPENED TO THE DogS (4-track home demo with MK on all instruments, Mike and Marty on drum programming, from "The Wow Sound Of Affable Mort", 1983.)
Here's "Pencil Music From The New Secret City Adventures," a complete song you can download for free to get an idea of what The Tar Tapes, Vol. 1 sounds like. It's track 15 (256k VBR mp3), directly from the album download, and we hope you'll want to hear more.

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