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Title: Monks Demo Tapes 1965
Band: Monks
Year of release: 2007
Format: CD-digipak and 12" vinyl

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10.00 €

12-page booklet with never-before-seen photographs.

These early monks recordings were made seven months before Black Monk Time. They are released for the first time in Europe by Munster Records / play loud!
10 original monks songs plus 3 additional tracks by The 5 Torquays and Jason Forrest.


REVIEWS

"A landmark release. Year zero rewinds to 1965."
Record Collector (09/07)

"The earliest document of their minimalist past. It veers from psychotic nursery-rhyme relentlessness to distorted psychofolk. A fascinating blueprint for the true deranged genius of Black Monk Time."
Mojo (04/07)

“As an introduction to The Monks’ psychotic big beat, these demos are essential.”
Wire (05/07)

"Yes, the legendary band the monks, responsible for one of the most fabulous records of the 60s ('black monk time'). This is a totally pro studio recording that preceded the album. Here you can find earlier versions of most the album best songs. Also included are two tracks of the five torquays, and one track of the monks tribute record, 'monk hop' by Jason Forrest, plus a big booklet full of info."
Rough Trade (05/07)

"The Monks had such an impact from their one album proper that this reissue of their demos is a welcome addition to their sparse catalogue. Unpolished versions of songs on Black Monk Time manage to be both grittier and less raw than on the finished album, the trademark proto-motorik überbeat and pre-punk angst sparking into urgent life."
Plan B Magazine (06/07)

“Die Monks waren ungeschliffene Diamanten, und diese Aufnahmen zeigen, aus welcher Mine sie kommen.”
TIP Magazin (05/07)

"Wie man wird, was man ist: Bevor die Monks, die Band, die je nach geschmacklicher Präferenz Punk, Techno und / oder Industrial erfunden hat, Black Monk Time (1966) einspielten, sich Tonsuren schneiden ließen und in Kutten warfen, probierten sie die Zukunftsmusik schon einmal aus. In Ludwigsburg, an einem einzigen Tag aufgenommen, machen die Demotapes der Mönche die Blaupause ihres ersten und einzigen Albums hörbar. Charmant und im Rohzustand. Von Philips abgelehnt, von Polydor genommen. Deren Produzent Jimmy Bowien, bekannt geworden durch seine Zusammenarbeit mit Franz Josef-Degenhardt, in dem Quintett die Band von übermorgen sah. Braucht ihr. Genauso wie Silver Monk Time, die Doppel-Tribut-CD auf Play Loud."
Read y'self fitter (05/07)

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