Bright Too Late
A Collection Of Stiff Kittens
Avant garde improvisational textures, experimentation, postpunk aggression similar in places to This Heat, with touches of Canterbury scene sensibilities. Kind of prog, kind of punky, totally experimental and underground! It also has a Raincoats and Lemon Kittens vibe.
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This archival issue of a collection of stiff kittens has been authorized by David Mattingly of Bright Too Late.
the meaning of meaning
inside the surface
to the edge and then what?
making politics personal
end of an ear (part II)
six till twelve
bright too late is
david mattingly - guitar, keyboards, voice, percussion, artwork
rick karcasheff - drums, keyboards, voice, found sounds, editing
jane anfinson - violin
erik baade - keyboards
matt speake - guitar
gary myers - percussion
steve baynes - keyboards, introduction
bill bowman - bass
tim mcshay - guitar
recorded in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1984
thanks to David Mattingly for lending his personal copy of the tape
thanks to Little Fyodor for lending his copy
included in the download:
- additional pic of the cover of the cassette, from the personal collection of Little Fyodor (Denver, Colorado)
- brief listening notes found inside Little Fyodor's copy
- original liner notes on red sheet of paper are from Little Fyodor's copy
new digital transfer by Hal McGee, April 2015:
The first version of A Collection Of Stiff Kittens presented here is the tape broken up into individual tracks for each song. I did my best, but my “edits” are a little questionable in places. Often songs flowed almost immediately into the next with a only a split second in-between. I was able to magnify the waveforms on my computer screen in Audacity, and I tried my best to place the track marker in a reasonable/logical place. But it’s not perfect. I guess you can think of this version as a convenience version, in case you ever need to access a specific song easily.
The other version of the cassette included here is a straight transcription of the complete sides of the tape. In many ways this version is preferable because it preserves the natural, organic flow of the original cassette album.