Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
This album by the Indianapolis outfit the Zerfas, brothers David & Herman, is one of the best & probably the best-known self-pressed US psych albums ever to have seen the light of day. First time on CD, originally released... more »
This album by the Indianapolis outfit the Zerfas, brothers David & Herman, is one of the best & probably the best-known self-pressed US psych albums ever to have seen the light of day. First time on CD, originally released in nineteen-seventy-something. Eight tracks. Radioactive. 2004.
Great Lost Record Deserves Far Better
Stan Denski | Indianapolis, IN United States | 03/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Created by 4 very young Midwestern kids in 1973 on a 4-track and with the invaluable help of a GREAT engineer this album is simply magnificent. There's a web site called the Acid Archives where a very lengthy review can be found and it's very much worth reading. The songs are fantastic, imaginative, incredibly creative. The musicianship is top notch as well. For a record that was pressed in 500 copies and then forgotten for 30 years I can't speak highly enough.
HOWEVER... when I got a copy of the LONG AWAITED CD reissue (an LP reissue was done in 1994) I stuck it on to play for friends who'd never heard it and I was horrified! I don't mind vinyl transfers - in fact I often prefer them because they allow you to hear the sound of the original pressing. But this CD was taken from a poor condition LP and then layers of EQ and other devices were employed to cover that up. The effect? To hear what this sounds like, stick on an original LP or the 1994 master tapes LP reissue, and then take all your heaviest winter coats and blankets and lay them over your speakers. That'd do it.
The guy who did the 1994 LP reissue claimed the CD was "coming out in a month" in late 1994. Now it's 13 years later and it's never going to happen. Not ever. It's criminal. All you can do is find someone to trade you a good CDR of the LP or find a copy of the 1994 reissue vinyl. There's a Greek bootleg LP from around 1999 that doesn't look very good but was taken from the 94 LP and sounds fine. Just avoid the Radioactive CD as if it were radioactive for this title!!!"