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Friday, February 21, 2014

Jackpot Records to Issue Historic Devo Performance from 1977 on Vinyl

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

We lost Bob 2 this week, but here's a silver lining to some bad news. In what is a timely coincidence (and very assuredly nothing more than a coincidence) with the unfortunate death of original Devo member Bob Casale, local record emporium/label Jackpot Records announced that they'll be issuing a vinyl version of Devo's historic performance at Max's Kansas City from November 15, 1977. This recording was issued in part on the 1992 CD Live: The Mongoloid Years, but the performance has never been released in full on vinyl. David Bowie even introduces the band. By all accounts, this was a groundbreaking performance, one that catapulted the band to a bigger audience.

Here's the press-release-y info from Jackpot's press release on the Devo: Live at Max's Kansas City 11/15/77 LP, which will hit stores on Record Store Day, April 19:

November 15th, 1977: Max’s Kansas City – David Bowie is backstage with the 5 self proclaimed ‘spudboys’ from Akron, Ohio waiting for his cue to introduce the band who, in his words were, “The band of the future!” As time went on it became clear that the future is still waiting to catch up with DEVO.

Working closely with the band and those who were there that night, Jackpot Records brings you this audio time capsule that catapulted DEVO from strange, musical hillbillies toinnovative pioneers overnight.

Now the truth can be told! Available for the first time on vinyl the entire performance, complete with rare, unearthed audio of David Bowie.

With liner notes written by DEVO Co-founder Gerald V. Casale specifically for this release (which also includes a reproduced early DEVO press bio sheet from 1976), this record will be the perfect compliment for hardcore DEVO collectors, music fans and those who are new to the game.

There will only be 2000 vinyl copies made—and on the heels of Casale's death, the noteworthiness of this historical artifact is higher than ever. This one goes to the top of my list of 2014's Record Store Day releases.

ALSO: Jackpot will reissue a 1971 7-inch single from legendary Portland-based wrestler/musician Beauregarde on Record Store Day. They reissued his full-length album a few years back, and now they're issuing the track "Testify" as a single. A 17-year-old Greg Sage (pre-Wipers) plays guitar; Sage also remastered the tapes. They're making 1000 copies of that one. Here's the charming video for "Testify," shot back in '71. It's really something.


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