Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Eric Random & The Bedlamites - Various (2LPs, 2 12"s)
Although I am not a label honcho, or perhaps just because of that, I don't understand how things work. The ever excellent Les Temps Modernes released a great 2CD by Eric Random of his early works (http://www.ltmrecordings.com/), but the second disc, already by Eric Random & The Bedlamites, could have easily fitted the following two releases by them, the Plurex 12" and the 'Mad As Mankind' 12". But maybe the break is logical, as Random was in India at that time and learned to play the tabla. This Middle Eastern sound came in his future releases. The bunch of Eric Random & The Bedlamites here are all post that excellent 2CD, an could have been another 2CD set. After 'Ishmael' Eric Random & The Bedlamites toured with Nico. These days Random still plays music, but as Free Agents, and have 7" out on Syntactic in 1996, in an edition of 100 copies.
The records are:
Subliminal Seduction/Bedlam A Go-Go (12", Plurex Records, PL0029, 1982)
Mad As Mankind (12", Double Vision Records DVR 7, 1984)
Time Splice (LP, Double Vision Records, DVR 11, 1984)
Ishmael (LP, Fon Records, Bed 7, 1986)