Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Black Watch - Short Stories ep (1989, Eskimo)

Thus far, any space I've dedicated to The Black Watch has purely concerned current/recent releases, but the group's back pages technically stretch all the way back to the Reagan-era, with their debut LP, St. Valentine bowing in 1988.  This ep followed a year later.  So what of the Watch at this phase in their career?  For starters they exuded a much more Anglophile angle than they do today, with frontman John Andrew Fredrick adopting a Brit accent at times.  Secondly, there's the inclusion of violinist J'Anna Jacoby in the Black Watch's lineup, who also doubled as a guitarist.  Her chamber-groomed strings are all over side one, particularly on the reflective "A Mess of Yesterday."  However it's side two that houses Short Stories most glittering prize, the clangy, deftly crafted pop stunner "The Mad Hatters" that foreshadowed even finer moments to come in the Black Watch's soon to be bustling catalog of albums.

01. Dream in Blue
02. A Mess of Yesterdays
03. All Over Again
04. The Mad Hatters

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6 comments:

blueeyedjohn said...

For this (but not only this) I love your blog. There's supposed to be recordings pre-Flowering, but john andrew fredrick says they're shite. I still want to hear them.

spavid said...

You're welcome. Well, this one is technically pre-Flowering. I wonder if this is what he's referring to...

The Salvager said...

Thanks for this! Do you happen to have Flowering? I can't find it anywhere.

The Salvager said...

Sorry, I meant to say St. Valentine!

sintetica said...

All Over again, great song, thanks for the blog.

Tinsel Heart said...

Thank you a lot for this one! A rare thing. I'd love to see here some more of rare Black Watch stuff, like some of their 90s singles -- "The Ginger Men", "Come Inside", "Whatever You Need", "I Feel So Weird"...