Re-Release of CLEAR album on CD [Enhanced]
The CLEAR album by CONVENIENS was originally released in 1987. Pressed on clear virgin vinyl using the DMM process [Direct Metal Mastering], the package also included a clear jacket with silver imprint through-out. During the original promotional campaign, copies of CLEAR constantly disappeared from DJ booths, radio stations and press offices, inhibiting exposure.
Clearly a most collectible release, also the third and last of COnVENIENS' vinyl LP trilogy. NOW/, the re-release of CLEAR on enhanced CD [add. crit. on disc] reveals CONVENIENS. As a radio station music director once put it, "In a word, this is hardcorenewagejazz."
CONVENIENS is still John MAz [drums] and DAvid Sterling Smith [keyboards]. CLEAR brings forth the addition of session players: Tom JonusAitis [from noted Chicago punk band Bonemen of Barumba] - accordion, bass, vocals Ted Blood BuchAnAn [from the Buchanan Brothers Trio, and appearances on Chicago's WGN Bozo's Circus] - tenor sax The late GerrAld Hill [Saucer Plane] - flute Lori PAyne [Girl Friend] - cabassa, banshee vocal Also, recording engineer lAin Burgess and graphic artist J-MAx Kennedy are apex.
Regretfully, a transparent CD could not be issued along with the clear packaging. However, a previously unreleased track [XI] was added. It's all about the music constituents.
ABOUT THE CONVENIENS CLEAR MUSIC:
MAzmAn - Features the drums [textural] with synth builds to a crescendo.
Night CAution -An unlit goth road [only as far as your headlights see] tape loop, hypnotic cymbals, acoustic grand piano string plucking, special engineering to create voices [tension].
EfiltsitrA - Grand piano solo, relief from the tension.
DA DA Ack - Hardcore pop art music, adds the accordion keys, with synth and drums [a tight tune].
Rowte 66 - It is not Route 66 [the title is even copyrighted], this is what we came up with [adds the sax and bass].
DeAth By Poetry - Hip hop Conveniens style adds accordion, vocals, deserves notice.
BAll PArk Song - Snap krackle pop, you're at the ballgame vendors organ hotdog.
Electroflux - Extended, persistent, drums, synth, add an electric razor, percussion, grunts, voices, screams in an electrified goth mode [there are some precious moments].
CAdium Red -A relief piece to the lighter side, flute with piano. Rolling - Trad. opening with strong 2/4 beat, drums, piano, synth, add the sax, they take it down then go into hyperdrive with a de-crescendo finish.
Epilogue [bonus track not on original vinyl LP release] -A studio jam urged by lain Burgess after working on Rolling, done in one take [sax, piano, bass, drums].
CONVENIENS CLEAR (HARDCORENEWAGEJAZZ) is available at CD Baby, Apple iTunes and other better outlets, along with other CONVENIENS releases. When searching CONVENIENS via web: [none of these words]-non-forum.