12/5/15

Alternative TV - Dragon Love (1990)




















Let me tell you something, Mark Perry is  my favorite singer-composer all times all styles and this since 1978 and his first single. And everything else is litterature. All about this rarity is below except that I have quite improved the sound and now I can write that this album is another forgotten MASTERPIECE. One day when all the bad music will be lost in the oblivion of history, there will be boxsets of Alternative TV material and people will wonder why this band was not considered at the level they deserved (when I say the band I mean Mark Perry, the only permanent member and composition force). Note that James Kyllo (this is a duo album) died very recently and it's a sad news. Here a testimony of his talent. This album should be in every decent discography. It's full of gems. Catch it here.

Just a reminder that this album is a total rarity and that I'm quite surprised by the small number of downloadings in regard to the other more easily available ATV records I posted. In case you missed it, I reupdate it today. Below what I wrote in the original post.

I think this one is quite a rarity, and more important a truly forgotten masterpiece. Called Dragon Love, recorded between the splendid Peep Show (in 1987, here) and the underrated My Life As A Child Star (in 1994, there), it was released by a small label called Chapter 22. Released? Mark Perry doubts it ever was. "I don't think the album ever saw the inside of a record shop" he writes in the innersleeve notes of the ATV Anthology. I don't know but it exists. The proof is I got it and that I ripped it and posted it today. Recorded with James Kyllo (who composed and sung some songs and was a good partner for Mark Perry), it contains 14 songs, none of them being less than good, and some being real gems (all Mark Perry's ones but I'm maybe not very objective). It's a real shame that songs such as "Last Rites" "Never Gonna Give It Up", real classics, did not receive the exposure they deserved. Not so dark than Peep Show, not so lo-fi indie than My Life As A Child Star, it's maybe the punkiest album Mark Perry did in the eighties and nineties (listen to the stunning "Don't You Leave Me"). It's a shame these days he only recycles old punk tunes and does not propose anything new again or picks up some songs in albums such as Dragon Love. Hope someday, some label will have the good idea to re-issue it on CD.



15 comments:

rvd said...

thank you for this ATV gem that i never even heard of. great. and thank you even more for the fun i had browsing and grubbing through the other posts in your blog.

may i point your interest to my blog spurensicherung where you can find some other obscure items by ATV and kim fowley and more?

thank you again and all the best:
ralf

reservatory said...

Thank you for something I might have had no earthly possibility of even hearing about otherwise.

reservatory said...

Forgot to say that there's really hot stuff on here, too.

arstider said...

Hello. Link is dead. Any chance for a new one?

Best wishes from Sweden

dkelvin said...

As you may have read, all my mediafire were deleted. I'll do my best to upload on rs. I'm doing it for this one right now.
dk

arstider said...

Thanks a lot.

yoga bali said...

nice pics

babugnace de molpegas said...

Thanks a lot for this, that i did'nt know of

Anonymous said...

Pe-up please, Thanks

DJ Stix said...

I look forward to hearing this when you get the chance to Re-up it :) thanks for all the hard work youve done :)

DJ Stix said...

Looking forward to hearing this when you get a chance to Re-up this :)

Unknown said...

any chance for a re-up?

dkelvin said...

I try to do it soon but I want to improve the sound quality beforehand.
dk

DJ Stix said...

i look forward to hearing the end results :) tried doing it myself but could not get good sound quality :(

DJ Stix said...

Thank you so much for reupping this. Excellent stuff. Definitely a lost classic.