Gas Food Lodging/Green on Red [Bonus Tracks]

Gas Food Lodging/Green on Red [Bonus Tracks]

by Green on Red

CD

Overview

Restless Records admirably wanted to pad out their reissue of Green on Red's superb 1985 album Gas Food Lodging, and so along with two bonus tracks (an alternate take of "Sixteen Ways" and "Gas Food Lodging," which didn't make the cut for the album of the same name), they tacked on the other Green on Red title in their catalog, the group's 1982 debut EP. A nice idea to be sure, but the trouble is that the two records represent Green on Red at two very different points of their development -- Green on Red brought together seven slices of moody psychedelic-influenced pop with a dark and buzzy undercurrent, while Gas Food Lodging was the strongest work of the group's proto-roots rock period, as they took stock of the state of the union as seen through the windshield of their van. In short, they're two records of no small interest to Green on Red fans, but they make rather odd bedfellows in this matchup -- Gas Food Lodging would have made more sense alongside the No Free Lunch EP, while Green on Red would sit better with the Gravity Talks album, but licensing being what it is, this is the pairing Restless has to offer. At the very least, the new Gas Food Lodging sounds cleaner and more full-bodied than its previous vinyl incarnation, though the bonus track, "Sixteen Ways II," has changed a bit since its previous release on the Enigma Variations compilation; it has been remixed, slowed down, and part of Dan Stuart's spoken introduction has been cut (it used to go, "And if you're black, at the corner of La Cienega and Sunset, you get pulled over automatically...it's true!"). Unfortunately, the Green on Red EP appears to have been salvaged from damaged tapes, with noticeable noise and occasional audio drop-outs; given its rarity, it's still a nice bonus, but the fidelity makes it sound all the more deficient compared to Gas Food Lodging. Then again, if you program out the Green on Red tracks, you're left with one of the best albums to come out of the '80s paisley underground scene, and that's no small thing.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/21/2003
Label: Restless Records
UPC: 0018777299923
catalogNumber: 72999

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