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Friday, February 01, 2008
      ( 2/01/2008 07:27:00 PM ) Bill S.  


"AMONG THE LOST AND FOUND" Received a promo copy of alt-country pioneer Jason Ringenberg's new Yep Roc solo retrospective, Best Tracks And Side Tracks, yesterday. I was a follower of the guy when he fronted Jason and the (Nashville) Scorchers. But I largely lost track of him when he went solo (his Farmer Jason kids' discs excepted), so I was happy to have the opportunity to sample his later solo work.

Unfortunately, when I slipped the "Best Tracks" disc into the PT Cruiser’s CD player, the machine spit it back with an "Error" message. Took the disc home to put it on a boombox, and the first track came up, only to play twelve minutes of silence before I shut the thing off. The second "Odds And Sods" disc plays fine, so I know there's nothing wrong with my CD players. I emailed Jenny, one of Yep Roc's perky p.r. people, about it, and she was heartily embarassed by the defective disc.

I'm reminded of a half-recalled, possibly apocryphal, story about a John & Yoko album (possibly the follow-up to Two Virgins) that was accidentally released to critics in the late 60's with nothing in the grooves. At least one hapless reviewer purportedly played both sides of silence and wrote about the subtle tonal variations he heard. Now that's creative criticism . . .
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