The Jazz Butcher – The Wasted Years – 4 CD Set, Remastered

Retail price is $49.99 and I’m offering them for $39.99 (plus shipping).

Featuring Bath Of Bacon, Scandal In Bohemia, Sex And Travel and Distressed Gentlefolk. Remastered by Brian Pyle.”The Jazz Butcher was always something of a unique vehicle, a sort of musical dune buggy – it interweaves the influence of The Velvet Underground and Syd Barrett with the new wave energies of the day and leaves us all richer for looking in.” Pete Kember – Spacemen 3

The Butcher delivered a gaggle of albums and many 45s for Glass from 1983 to 1986, the jacket notes on the dusty tome that recalls this period mentions Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased), Thatcher, DIY post-punk, LSD, surrealist cabaret, The Velvet Underground, a bottle of Cointreau or two, the Amstrad 7090 and Ronco’s Black Magic compilation. All that led to The Wasted Years: Four albums, many visions.

Bath Of Bacon was an experiment in sound, conjoining that Ronco platter to Todd Rundgren, a guitar from Wes Montgomery’s cupboard and mentions of imaginary monsters set to some funky chops. The sound of a few mates failing to take note that they have an LP to make! claims the JB site. Its pop meets bluesy scat with plenty of deadpan ironies a theme that will recur.

Scandal In Bohemia took a competent little rock band with a bassist who’d served time in Bauhaus into a world chorused by multi-track vocals and bathroom ambiance. top-shelf diamond of a record that is filled with excellent, memorable songs. (All Music).
Sex And Travel offered a broadening perspective. Competence and European travel beget a narrative akin to an impressionistic cold war spy movie, a mess of styles that became coherent. A great album muses All Music before comparing JB main man Pat Fish to Ray Davies circa 1969. It’s an accidental concept album prone to fleeting melancholy.

Distressed Gentlefolk, ahead of the original band demise through fatigue and liquor was the Butcher’s stab at making their greatest album ever. A beautifully romantic record of soft rock ballads and jazzy torch songs enthused Trouser Press. There’s a folky edge scratching away beside the inevitable romp through pop music’s historical lineage.

Four albums, then. The 80s recast at an ironic party of malcontents. Indie pop as a soundtrack. Songs that shouldn’t fit together but do. Wasted Years? Yeah, really