• Spence, Alexander 'Skip'  - AndOarAgain - 3-CD - MHCD-086
  • Spence, Alexander 'Skip'  - AndOarAgain - 3-CD - MHCD-086
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    AndOarAgain provides unparalleled access to what David Fricke calls “the most harrowing and compelling artifacts of rock & roll’s most euphoric era” across three dozen unheard tracks! In addition to the quintessential original album, AndOarAgain features nearly two hours of unheard music on the way to Oar–along with roads not taken–that both clarifies and muddies the enigma of how psychedelic legend Alexander “Skip” Spence determined the final state of his iconic masterpiece. The time: December, 1968. The setting: the Columbia Recording Studios at 504 16th Avenue South in Nashville, Tennessee. Alexander Spence – a singer, songwriter, and guitarist commonly known as Skip, recently relieved of his duties in the San Francisco rock band Moby Grape after a descent into excessive hallucinatory-drug use and a psychotic episode with a fire axe – is recording Oar, his first album as a Columbia solo artist. It will also be his last. Made in six days spread over two weeks, then released six months later on May 19th, 1969, Oar will be Spence’s only complete expression of his experimental verve and musical facility, under his real name and creative control, before he recedes into rapidly deepening, ultimately conquering darkness. A half-century after its brisk, strange birth, Oar remains an apparent chaos of eccentric composition and overwhelming melancholy, wreathed in country-blues shadows and the smokey blur of Spence’s wounded-baritone singing.

    AndOarAgain, a 3-CD set including the seminal original album, the 1999 bonus cuts, and nearly two hours of unheard Oar; all packaged in a hardbound book-style jacket with rare photos and extensive notes from David Fricke!

    Disc 1:

    1. Little Hands
    2. Cripple Creek
    3. Diana
    4. Margaret – Tiger Rug
    5. Weighted Down (The Prison Song)
    6. War In Peace
    7. Broken Heart
    8. All Come To Meet Her
    9. Books Of Moses
    10. Dixie Peach Promenade (Yin For Yang)
    11. Lawrence Of Euphoria
    12. Grey/Afro
    13. This Time He Has Come
    14. It’s The Best Thing For You
    15. Keep Everything Under Your Hat
    16. Furry Heroine (Halo Of Gold)
    17. Givin’ Up Things
    18. If I’m Good
    19. You Know
    20. Doodle
    21. Fountain
    22. I Think You And I

    Disc 2:

    1. Little Hands (Take 2)
    2. Cripple Creek (Basic)
    3. Diana (Take 3)
    4. Furry Heroine (Halo Of Gold) (Alternate)
    5. My Friend
    6. War In Peace (Alternate)
    7. Broken Heart (Voc & Acoustic)
    8. All Come To Meet Her Now (Alternate 1)
    9. I Want A Rock & Roll Band
    10. Dixie Peach Promenade (Yin For Yang) (Alternate)
    11. Lawrence Of Euphoria (Alternate)
    12. Mary Jane/Steamboat
    13. I Got A Lot To Say (Version 1)
    14. Diana (Alternate 1)
    15. War In Peace (Instrumental)
    16. Diana (Alternate 2)

    Disc 3:

    1. Little Hands (Vocal Overdub)
    2. Diana (Version 2)
    3. Weighted Down (The Prison Song) (Rehearsal)
    4. The Shape You’re In
    5. I Want A Rock & Roll Band (Instrumental)
    6. It’s A Hard Life (Version 1)
    7. I Got Something For You
    8. Diana (12 String Version)
    9. I Got A Lot To Say (Version 2)
    10. It Ain’t Nice (Version 1)
    11. She Don’t Care
    12. All Come To Meet Her (Alternate 2)
    13. It Ain’t Nice (Version 2)
    14. It’s A Hard Life (Version 2)
    15. All Come To Meet Her (Rehearsal)
    16. Diana (Overdub)
    17. War In Peace (Take 2)
    18. Broken Heart (Extended Master)
    19. War In Peace (Guitar Overdub)
    20. Diana (Basics)