Friday, October 21, 2011

I-Rails - Unfocused (1987)

By popular demand, I'm here to serve up another helping of vintage I-Rails recordings.   Heading on the backwards trajectory I set into motion in March with the band's "Same Old Me" 45, we're dialing the Wayback Machine to 1987 for the band's second cassette album, Unfocused, which by the way was transferred from analog to ones and zeroes by some close associates to the band.  Without their generosity, time and consideration I wouldn't be able to bring this music to you, so once again, thanks. 

If you've been curious enough to lend an ear to the I-Rails third album, Nine Songs From Nowhere, the ten tracks comprising Unfocused should ring familiar.  For the uninitiated, the I-Rails were the unlikely precursor to '90s one-hit wunderkinds Primitive Radio Gods.  Click on the first hyperlink in this article for more text on the background of this criminally overlooked power-pop trio, or if you'd like a shortcut blurb on the way they rolled, think Toad the Wet Sprocket...with balls.  As for Unfocused itself, it doesn't disappoint, yielding some of the Rails best including the high-strung "No Matter" and "Mercury Don't Understand."  Perfecto.  Enjoy, and bear in mind there's one more tape to come...

01. In Babylon
02. Slings and Arrows
03. Mercury Don't Understand
04. The Worst Song About Jane
05. Still Invisible
06. There Goes Another
07. Beyond the Obvious
08. Stuck in Between
09. No Matter
10. Two Arms



Bhug said...

I didn't know the band, but after hearing "There Goes Another," it sounded like one of those cool 80's songs. Thanks for the review.

Ryan said...
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Ryan said...

could you please re-up?

spavid said...

The link has been updated. Thanks for alerting us.

ManOnBlog said...

I'm getting a "file deleted" message, could you please re-up? TIA!

spavid said...

The link has been updated.

Indiggy said...

I recently saw an I-Rails post on social media with a couple tracks from this cassette - Wow!! May I be so bold as to ask for re-ups on all the I-Rails stuff? Maybe a cumulative post sharing all your I-R knowledge? Thanks for everything