Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Dreams So Real - The Audio Biography tape (1990)

We're just as much a heathen as anybody. - Barry Marler

Were I a little more "with it," I would have created this entry a week ago, and used it as on opportunity to plug two Dreams So Real reunion shows that had yet to happen (April 27th in Athens, GA, April 28 in Atlanta), but if those dates don't already make it obvious, I can only refer to them in the past tense.  On the ball as usual.

This isn't the first post I've dedicated to this Athens, GA trio, who were responsible for three stellar albums of rootsy jangle pop, circa the mid-80s thru 1990.  This tape was released by Arista Records as a promotional item coinciding with DSR's third and final outing, Gloryline.  Narrated entirely by leadman Barry Marler and bassist Trent Allen, the self explanatory motif of this nineteen-minute reel spans the group's early independent releases for Coyote Records right up to the then fresh Gloryline.  Not overwhelmingly revelatory, the guys at least have more to opine here than in their wide-screen appearance in the 1987 Athens, Ga Inside/Out rockumentary.  Interspersed between the spoken portions are one minute clips of key album tracks, including a demo take of "City of Love," that can only be enjoyed here - at least the few moments of it that are included anyway.  If DSR are unfamiliar terrain to you, this digitized cassette is a no-brainer as far as making your acquaintance, while seasoned ears will no doubt regard Audio Biography as a tasty curio.  Like what you hear?  DSR's crucial debut, Father's House is ripe for the picking at Power Pop Criminals, we're hosting the rarities and outtakes compendium Nocturnal Omissions, and the two Arista albums, Rough Night in Jericho and Gloryline are on iTunes and Emusic.

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3 comments:

binman said...

Thanks for putting this one up! I saw that the band has been playing out again - one can only hope they go outside of the Athens area for a few gigs. Someone passed their unreleased 4th album to me years ago - been waiting to see they'd ever put it out there for real. I always believed these guys ended up, at least early on, playing second fiddle to REM, like Badfinger did with the Beatles. They deserved better.

binman said...

Thanks for putting this one up! I saw that the band has been playing out again - one can only hope they go outside of the Athens area for a few gigs. Someone passed their unreleased 4th album to me years ago - been waiting to see they'd ever put it out there for real. I always believed these guys ended up, at least early on, playing second fiddle to REM, like Badfinger did with the Beatles. They deserved better.

spavid said...

I've heard the unreleased album myself, which I like, but I'd prefer they do a cd reissue of Father's House. Not very likely I suppose. Thanks for commenting.