Germany’s Vinyl-on-demand has been responsible for some of the most lavish LP box sets of recent years.
They tend to focus on archival and lost recordings from experimental artists, especially those from the 70s-80s industrial and synth wave underground. Current 93, Psychic TV, SPK and Severed Heads are some of the more “famous” bands to have received the V-o-d treatment.
The label has just unveiled a new raft of releases for Summer 2011. The one getting the most attention is the anthology of music by Brooklyn’s Tara Cross (pictured), whose name has been cropping up frequently of late as a result of the minimal wave revival (among other things, a track of hers featured on Veronica Vasicka and Stones Throw’s The Minimal Wave Tapes Vol.1 compilation). Entitled Tara Cross 1982-89, the 4xLP box set compiles tracks sourced from four tapes, one album and numerous compilations.
Anthology 1980-85 is a 5xLP set celebrating Van Kaye + Ignit, a Dutch minimal synth duo, with previously unreleased demos and a live concert recording sitting alongside tracks from classic releases as A Slight Delay and With A Little Help.
The similarly oriented M.A.L. has his rather slimmer output collected in The MAL Tapes, and Canadian synth-pop group Psyche‘s masterpiece Insomnia Theatre is reissued in a 3xLP edition, positively stuffed with rarities and outtakes, and a bonus DVD and 7″.
More dance-oriented fare comes in the shape of Microcosmos 1981-1986, a 2xLP edition of tracks by seminal italo outfit Fockewulf 190 – an act long-admired by I-f and the CBS/Intergalactic FM set, and previously featured in Clone’s Classic Cuts 12″ series. The V-o-d set is the first official release of what should’ve been their debut album, recorded in 1986.
Last but not least is Attrition‘s Demonstro 1981-86 2xLP, featuring previously unreleased, rare and demo recordings from the post-punk outfits early days, rescued from forgotten cassette mixes and 4-track tapes.
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