I still have some copies of Renaldo and the Loaf play Struve and Sneff double CD.
£13, including postage to anywhere in the world.
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Interesting piece on Title in Limbo here scroll down the page.
It’s a pity that Title in Limbo is currently unavailable.
Klanggalerie are now taking pre-orders for the next release in the Renaldo and the Loaf reissue series. Strictly speaking this isn’t a reissue, though. The eagled eyed may have spotted the ‘p’ preceding Renaldo & the Loaf on the cover picture, as this is, in fact, Prenaldo and the Loaf!
Before the cassette Renaldo and the Loaf play Struve and Sneff, before the name Renaldo and the Loaf was even conceived, we recorded an album and EP under the name Plimsollline which was scheduled for release on a label called Raw Records. When the deal didn’t work out we put the material on the shelf and started working on the new marerial which eventually became Renaldo and the Loaf play Struve and Sneff (Letters From Lee is an aural soundscape of the collapse of the Raw Records deal).
One or two tracks have previously had a very limited release, but here for the first time, 35 years after they were recorded, in their entirety are the album Behind Closed Curtains and the EP Tap Dancing In Slush. Plus a second CD, entitled Rotcodism, of even more obscure material contemporary with the material that was scheduled for release.
The Music Is Taboo is no longer available as a download. I had an email from the hosting website that someone had alleged a copyright infringement! It’s hard to believe since Brian and I have copyright of the songs. Can’t imagine who complained; anybody have any ideas?
Melvyn (of Melvyn’s Repose fame) found this recording he made back in 1981 when John Peel played Spratts Medium on his Top Gear show!
Wikipedia has an entry entitled Unusual Types of Gramaphone Records and Songs For Swinging Larvae gets a mention:
“On the Ralph Records release Songs for Swinging Larvae by Renaldo and the Loaf, the last song on side one continues into the inner spiral and into the inner groove with a loop of a male voice providing a spoken percussion effect of “boom boom crash crash,” which, however, when it reaches the inner groove is not strictly in the same 4/4 rhythm, being more in 5/8 (“boom boom crash crash [crash]“) This motif reappears (in strict 4/4 rhythm again) in the lead-in groove opening Side Two of the album, which then leads to the first selection on that side.”
I came across this on YouTube today, 10 minutes of the lead out groove of side 1 of Songs for Swinging Larvae! With the new CD Honest Joe will move seamlessly into Ow Stew the Red Shoe.
OK, here are a couple of short extracts from Songs from the Surgery.
A tape cut-up experiment. The eagle-eared may notice that the ending was recycled in the ending of N2O Going Under and other parts were recycled in The Kimbolton Gnome Song.
LDl2 + Untitled Vocal & Guitar Piece
LDl refers to Long Delay, there are 5 or 6 excerpts from long delay experiments on “Surgery”. This example is overlaid with one of my personal favourite discoveries, this untitled Voice & Guitar Piece.
I’ve just discovered that Klanggalerie are taking pre-orders for Larvae, which will be re-released at the end of October.
As stated previously, the release is a 2CD set consisting of Songs For Swinging Larvae and a second CD entitled Songs From The Surgery. Also included is a booklet with lyrics, notes and some rare images.
The Larvae disc has been remastered to remove some tape hiss and to improve volume levels; the differences are subtle, but worthwhile. Also,the transition between Honest Joe and Ow Stew The Red Shoe has been re-edited so that the “boom boom crash crash” lead out/intro is now seamless, as we’d originally intended.
But I suspect that most interest will focus on the second disc, Songs From The Surgery. The Surgery, aka Sneff’s Surgery, was where we recorded almost all of our material up to The Elbow Is Taboo. It should be pointed out that the music on Songs From The Surgery bears no relation to the promo cassette of the same name that we produced in 1980. Recorded around the same time as Larvae, the feel of “Surgery” is quite different. Hopefully, I’ll post a couple of mp3 tasters soon