Un­cle Acid & The Dead­beats

Vol. 1

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Reissues - Ju­lian Marsza­lek

Since the suc­cess of Un­cle Acid & The Dead­beats’ three stu­dio al­bums – Blood Lust, Mind Con­trol, and The Night Creeper – the band’s first recorded foray, Vol 1, has be­come some­thing of a Rosetta stone for fans. Orig­i­nally re­leased as a limited‑edi­tion CD‑R, with what were es­sen­tially demo ver­sions of a nascent form of Un­cle Acid, th­ese record­ings have come to take on a myth­i­cal sta­tus.

Res­cued from boot­leg­gers and file shar­ers, Vol. 1 is now widely avail­able. As dis­played by Crys­tal Spi­ders, Vam­pire Cir­cus and Wind Up Toys, the el­e­ments that made the band so se­duc­tive when they broke through – those Sab­bath riffs, an in­nate ear for melody and Bea­tles‑es­que har­monies, and hor­ror B‑movie ob­ses­sions – are al­ready firmly in place.

How­ever, there is a caveat: th­ese are demo record­ings that will be more of in­ter­est to the com­pletist than to the ca­sual ob­server.

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