ANOPHELES RECORDS HAS AVAILABLE ALBUMS
The following titles are still available:
- Anopheles 004 – DEBRIS’: Static Disposal CD
- Anopheles 008 – Homestead & Wolfe: Our Times – The Gold Star Tapes CD
- Anopheles 010 – Todd Tamanend Clark – Nova Psychedelia
Homestead & Wolfe: Our Times – The Gold Star Tapes (1973-75) CD Anopheles 008
Originally released in 1975, Homestead & Wolfe’s lone and unknown privately pressed LP is an artifact so lost to time, it has never appeared in any discography, list of rare records, or catalog, anywhere. However, exist it does, and now their story can be told.
Anopheles Records has sat tight lipped on this discovery for the last year while researching and preparing this reissue from the original master tapes and with full cooperation of the group. Homestead & Wolfe was a folk-harmony group based around the United Methodist Good Samaritan church in Cupertino, CA (near San Jose). Comprised of two female lead vocalists, one male lead vocalist, and buttressed with superb male and female harmonies throughout, H&W performed original material in a rich, melodic folk-rock-country style that is well executed, as well as earnest and personal.
Ernie Bringas of The Rip Chords Fame
The patriarch, producer and lyricist of the group, Ernie Bringas, has previously been in the record biz as one of two founding members of the “surf hot rod” early 1960s vocal duo, the Rip Chords. While he left to attend seminary school, he returned to sing in the studio on almost all of the songs, even though he could not tour. Later, as a Minister of Youth and master planner and motivator at Good Sam from 1969-75, Bringas assembled and encouraged this ensemble of counselors and students, eventually offering them an opportunity to record an album and have a shot at “making it” as artists.
He gave them the ultimate “leg up” in the business, producing this finely crafted recording using his old Hollywood connections. These 15 tracks were recorded at the legendary Gold Star Studios in Hollywood between 1973-75.
Stan Ross, Gold Star Recording Studio
Engineered by Stan Ross, these recordings feature top flight studio musicianship from legendary “wrecking crew” – drummer Hal Blaine, guitarist Ben Benay (Goldenrod, Darius), acoustic guitarist Al Casey, monster bass player Ray Pohlman, not to mention one of the world’s most renowned and respected pedal steel guitar players, Jay Dee Maness (Buck Owens, the Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo LP).
The harmonies and arrangements of H&W recall both the Mamas and the Papas and the Carpenters at times, but much of the music deals with darker themes: the story of Wounded Knee told in “See The Children Die”, the organ fueled psychedelia of “Your Freedom’s In Question”, aimed at the Nixon administration at the time, remains apropos today, and recalls the work of Growing Concern, Birmingham Sunday, and Art of Lovin’.
Six Unreleased Tracks
There are plenty of surprises here, as we located 6 unreleased tracks to augment the 9 tracks on the original album, including the startlingly great and dynamic cut, “Beat of the Drum”, which sounds as if the Bangles were hired to front Goldenrod for a one off single.
The full color 16 page booklet tells the story in their own words, features images of the touring group and recording sessions at Gold Star, and maintains the high standard of archival work Anopheles Records is known for. Homestead & Wolfe represents a highly unusual and strikingly original blend of unproven but talented young vocalists, top quality session players and engineering, and a truly rare chemistry that makes this one of the great folk-rock discoveries of the last 10 years.
Karl Ikola / Anopheles Records
Anopheles 008 – Homestead & Wolfe: Our Times – The Gold Star Tapes (1973-75) CD – $11 ppd USA, $22 ppd world
Listen to short selections of a few of the songs (all 30 seconds and about 500 kb):
|Slow Down||Your Freedom’s In Question|
|King of the Mountain||I Am Cain|
|See the Children Die||Beat of the Drum|
See what the critics have to say ==> Critics responses to this album
Visit ===> Homestead & Wolfe web site
Anopheles 010 – Todd Tamanend Clark – Nova Psychedelia (1975-1985) 2CD
“Based in his native Pennsylvania-West Virginia-Ohio stomping grounds (as well as for a few years in San Francisco), Todd Tamanend Clark is an iconoclastic poet, composer and multi-instrumentalist, who culturally facilitated the transition from psychedelia to cyberpunk. He has collaborated with, and shared time with, many of his peers over the years (Cheetah Chrome, Allen Ravenstine, Stiv Bators), as well as his progenitors (Dorothy Moskowitz of United States of America, Robert Moog, William Burroughs) — his significant body of recorded (and printed) work was made in small runs, and has remained elusive and highly collectible to this day.
This 2CD set collects all of his released vinyl recordings from 1975-1985, including those issued as The Stars (1975 45 rpm and eight-track cartridge material), The Eyes (‘New Gods: Aardvark Thru Zymurgy’ LP from 1977), Todd Clark Group (‘We’re Not Safe!’ LP from ’79), and Todd Clark (‘Into the Vision’ LP from ’84, plus two 45s released in the first half of the ’80s).
Native American Roots
He has since appended his name to reflect his Native American roots. This document features a 20 page booklet, with Todd’s own personal history included, with notes on each track (all 33 of ’em, total time for this set is over 150 minutes of music), and a host of great photos and artwork.
His muse may remain a mystery after you experience this wide range of sounds, which might very well be Anopheles Records’ most ambitious and “out there” release to date, but he leaves tangible clues and some out and out hooks with which to grab onto: great reworkings of “Hungry” (Paul Revere and the Raiders) and “I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night” (Electric Prunes), his bizarre “slo-mo” take on “Two Thousand Light Years From Home” (from his debut 45 from ’75) are some points of reference, but it’s when Todd cuts loose on original material that his truly mesmerizing, bent vision takes hold of your cranium and refuses to let go.
His personal magnetosphere is quite intoxicating, often challenging, and just plain hallucinatory. That’s Nova Psychedelia.”
Anopheles 010 – Todd Tamanend Clark – Nova Psychedelia (1975-1985) 2CD
$16 ppd USA, $25 ppd world. UPC# 820320009220
|Song Samples from Disc 1 (60 seconds / 1 mb)||Song Samples from Disc 2 (60 seconds / 1 mb)|
Anopheles 004: DEBRIS’: Static Disposal CD.
21 tracks and over 76 minutes of 1975-76 recordings by this legendary trio from Chickasha, Oklahoma. Dada / punk / psych weirdness that stands its own ground and then some. DEBRIS’ was namechecked in Nurse With Wound’s (NWW) infamous list of influential LPs included with their first album in ’79.
This reissue includes a 28 page booklet with liner notes penned by all three members, song lyrics, photos and more. We’ve used the original LP master tapes and added 10 previously unheard and stunning rehearsal recordings as bonus tracks.
$15 ppd USA, $25 ppd world.