Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Feelies catalog reissues coming Friday

Bar/None Records is re-releasing the third and fourth albums from New Jersey-based rock band the Feelies, Only Life and Time for a Witness. Both albums are being issued March 11.

As a special Record Store Day release, Bar None/Coyote Records will co-release the Feelies Uncovered. This will be a limited edition 12" EP featuring studio recordings of four cover songs, none commercially available before: “Seven Days” (Bob Dylan), “Take It As It Comes” (The Doors), “Dancing Barefoot” (Patti Smith), and “Bar Stool Blues” (Neil Young). 

Originally released in 1988, Only Life is their third album and the first that received major label promotional support. It includes originals like “Deep Fascination” and “The Undertow.” A cover of the Velvet Underground’s “What Goes On” made Lou Reed take notice and he chose them as touring partners, sometimes joining them onstage for encores. The re-issue features a bonus download card giving access to a new acoustic version of “It’s Only Life” with live tracks from their last show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken NJ before the venue was shuttered. It features liner notes by novelist Rick Moody (The Ice Storm, Garden State).

The Feelies’ fourth album Time For A Witness (1991) found the band anticipating the grunge-era that Nirvana would usher in six months after this record was released. A cover of the Stooges’ “Real Cool Time” and their own alt-radio hit “Doin’ It Again” are included. Michael Azerrad’s (This Band Could Be Your Life) liner notes for this re-issue recount the events that would eventually lead to a seventeen-year hiatus for the group. The re-issue also comes with a bonus download card giving access to a new acoustic version of “Find A Way,” also with live tracks from that last show at Maxwell’s.

Formed in Haledon NJ in 1976, The Feelies released 4 albums- including their critically acclaimed and influential debut Crazy Rhythms, which was voted 49 in the top 100 albums of the 1980s by Rolling Stone magazine and chosen by Spin Magazine as 49 of the best alternative records of all time. 

Supporting the release of their first four albums the band appeared on the The Late Show With David Letterman and in concerts with The Patti Smith Group, REM, and Bob Dylan as well as touring with Lou Reed. 

In 2008, the Feelies reunited to open for long time admirers Sonic Youth at Battery Park and then resurrected their tradition of playing low key gigs at strategic intervals throughout the year rather than doing lengthy tours. In 2009 Bar/None re-issued Crazy Rhythms and The Good Earth, this being the first band-sanctioned CD release of the former. In 2010, they released a new studio album Here Before. They continue to regularly perform live. 

Their music has been featured in the films Married to the Mob, Something Wild, Prelude to a Kiss, The Truth About Charlie, The Squid & the Whale and Ricki and the Flash.

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