This Tuesday saw thew release of Tin Huey’s long-awaited collection of live tracks and rarities, Before Obscurity: The Bushflow Tapes. Recorded at various times between 1973 and 1979, the album does a splendid job of capturing the Hueys at their wild, pre-major label peak. The album features artwork by Richfield native Derf (My Friend Dahmer, The City) and liner notes written by legendary music critic (and notorious asshole/one of my idols) Robert Christgau.

In addition to unreleased gems like “Right Now/Betty White” and “Jazz Tune,” the album is loaded with live performances from Kent’s JB’s and Akron’s legendary venue The Bank.  Also included is an amazing live cut of “The Comb,” from the Waitresses first-ever live performance (at the time, The Waitresses was the Hueys + Patty Donahue), as well as a version of “Heat Night,” which would be re-recorded for The Waitresses’ 1982 album, Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful; “Ice Nine Hop,” a song about Akron’s infamous “Blizzard of ’78;” three tracks from Ralph Carney’s “Carney and Friends” (including a version of “Closet Bears,” a track from 1999’s Disinformation); a live cover of the Stooges’ classic, “I Wanna Be Your Dog” (I have waited years to hear the Huey’s version of this…it did not disappoint.  In fact, I think I may even prefer their version over this one); and 4 songs from (what I believe is) Tin Huey’s first performance in 1973.

Now, I would gladly upload the entire album if I didn’t feel you should go out and actually buy it.  After all, Tin Huey deserves your money!  So, give it to them!

(but…I couldn’t resist giving you a small taste)

Tin Huey – The Comb

Tin Huey – Ice Nine Hop

Tin Huey – I Wanna Be Your Dog


~ by rickbenedum on 11/21/2009.

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