RISTAGNO, RICH - WHAT WOULD IT BE LIKE TO BE RICH (LP)


"What Would It Be Like To Be Rich was to be an autobiographical concept album. In 1981, nearly ten years after his ill-fated single, Ristagno saw an ad in the Detroit News for a recording studio called Soular Sound, and submitted an inquiry about availability. To complete his vision, he would need to hire a band ... not surprisingly owner/engineer Conley Abrams was the bassist of a local funk band called Soular Flight. The studio only existed to immortalize the work of the band, who proudly declared they were "so high they could touch the sun." The recordings occurred quickly in 1981. The fusion of Soular Flight's disco tendencies with Ristagno's angsty delivery seemingly anticipates industrial and techno, and reflects contemporaries like The Contortions or DNA. In reality, Ristagno remained blissfully ignorant,and cites influences such as Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, and the perenniall influential Beatles. Despite a cover concept, Ristagno took the completed LP to Archer Record Pressing and manufactured 100 copies. He had, perhaps, jumped the gun ... though he had a cover concept, he didn't have the means to execute the artwork. His initial pressing remained in his parents' basement, completely undistributed, underclothed in just frail paper sleeves. Although the grim worldview presented within seems to beg for isolation, it's not the work of music lovers to enable further isolation." (label info)
soon in stock - please pre-order | US| 2013| DRAG CITY | 18.90


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