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  • Sold Date: Sep 16, 2011
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ARTIST : The Modern Lovers
TITLE : The Original Modern Lovers
LABEL : Bomp
CATALOG # : BCD-4021
NOTES : review by Ralph Heibutzki allmusic

Long before his lyrics celebrated abominable snowmen and ice cream truck drivers, Jonathan Richman was positioning himself as rock's poet of the ordinary. Ex- Velvet Underground co-founder John Cale and larger-than-life songwriter Kim Fowley translated the Richman vision with varying success, but the band dissolved when it couldn't agree on a direction. Beserkley Records issued the Cale sessions as The Modern Lovers in 1976, while Bomp followed suit with Fowley 's rougher and readier handiwork in 1981, which is now recycled again onto compact disc. (Several bootlegs also contain songs not released on either album.) Bomp's repackaging dates the Fowley tapes to the spring of 1972, which Richman 's liner notes sharply dispute. Curiously, the CD booklet doesn't address his point, despite two takes of "Roadrunner" -- one of rock's greatest drive-all-night songs -- that distinctly differ in performance. Richman also questions the disc's title, since bassist Ernie Brooks and keyboardist Jerry Harrison weren't in the band's inaugural lineup, which did include drummer David Robinson . (The latter trio made respective marks in the Necessaries
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