Saturday, February 17, 2018

V/A - Lost in the Haze Vol. 21

My apologies for not posting more this week.  Hopefully this will help make up for that.  I'm following up on two previous installments in the Lost in the Haze series, a hand-curated array of compilation CD-Rs, courtesy of the now defunct Not Lame Records label and distro.  For the unacquainted, Not Lame flew the power pop flag high circa the 1990s-'00s, with an emphasis on CDs sold strictly through mailorder.  The CEO would frequently incentivize purchases by tossing in a handmade and self-curated cd-r compilation of impossibly rare songs that never made their way into the digital era proper.  God knows how many volumes existed in the Lost in the Haze series alone (at least 21, obviously).  Accompanied only by a tray card track list with no other pertinent details about the music presented, these compilations were stuffed into paper cd envelopes, and would tend to accumulate in various piles in my house.  With a veritable absence of artwork they went out of sight and out of mind for years until I was able to organize them until a few years back

The focus of Lost in the Haze was centered on overlooked and arcane also-rans (with the occasional rarity from a superstar) from the '70s to the early '80s. Volume 21 delivers no shortage of stunners: Susan (a male fronted band), New Hearts (who I think are actually a band named the Speedies) and Tattoo who featured none other than ex-Raspberry Wally Bryson.  I wish I had more time to provide a synopsis of the ten bands making the cut here, but hopefully you'll walk away with a discovery or two.  The tracklist is to your above left.

http://www97.zippyshare.com/v/tVAwZKbX/file.html

6 comments:

Guypinot said...

Hi...thanks for the Lost In The Haze links...I have a few but not these particular ones. Sadly though, Vol. # 14 shows as expired link.

spavid said...

Will be updating the link to Vol. 14 momentarily. Try it again.

billybadbum said...

Treasure was Felix Cavaliere(ex-Young Rascals)'s unsung late '70s band - Turn Yourself Around is written and sung by guitarist Vincent Cusano, later to become better known as Vinnie Vincent, Ace Frehley's replacement in KISS!

spavid said...

I remember hearing about Vinnie's time in Treasure, but didn't make the connection here. Thanks for pointing that out. BTW, after two decades in seclusion, he resurfaced last month at a Kiss convention. It's all over YouTube. Check it out.

billybadbum said...

Yep, and rumours are rampant that Kiss are planning their FINAL "end of the road" tour, on which as many ex-members as possible will make guest appearances...wonder if that will include Vinnie? He's burnt them twice already...

spavid said...

You're damn right he did!