New LP - Sea-Ders - Sea-Ders (Complete) - LIMITED TO 500 COPIES!!!
WOWIE-WOW-WOW! We were knocked flat on our asses by this amazing reissue by Lion Productions by way of Groovie Records of the Sea-Ders - the Lebanese equivalent of the Fab-Four! Don't believe us? Read on:
"This specially-priced Lion Productions LP edition contains all known grooving and infectious Middle Eastern inflected rock/beat tracks from the Sea-ders (or Cedars, depending on which 45 label you look at), Lebanon's top musical export to the world. Eight dynamic tracks, with driving rhythms, blazing electric bouzouki (or oud?), recorded between 1966-1968. Fantastic! Many groups have used elements of Eastern music to add mystery and exotica to their sound; the Sea-ders didn't flirt with foreign culture—they tapped right into the source. Decca Records contacted the group and offered them a record deal in the UK. Well, that didn't pan out, making the band's EP a very rare item indeed, despite being one of the most exciting releases of the era. Faced with studio bills from Decca, they sold their instruments and equipment and moved back to Beirut, leaving this perfect microcosm of exotic '60s pop in their wake. Liner notes by Mike Stax (Ugly Things Magazine). Limited pressing of only 500 copies. This time around, vinyl is mastered at 45 RPM, for maximum fidelity. The Sea-ders would only record eight tracks, but what amazing tracks they are!"
Four perfect singles. That's all we got from these guys, but holy moly had these guys found a way to break into the mainstream consciousness, they could have been MAJOR. Every single tune on here is grade-A, catchy as fuck pop tunes a'la Kinks, (early) Beatles, Who, Hollies, etc. Three (four?) part harmonies and a RIPPING guitar player - seriously, this guy is running up and down the fretboard like a garage-rock Yngwie Malmsteen! The Eastern flourishes really add a ton to the overall sound of the band, with the electric bouzouki slotted perfectly in the mix - not that these guys need anything to distinguish themselves, 'cuz the TUNES are the real star here. KILLER batch of songs that will stick to your noodle like dried baba ghanouj! We guarantee you'll be flipping this one over and over and over... but act fast - 500 copies guarantees this one won't stick around long! RECOMMENDED x ONE MILLION!!!