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Artist: JACK RUBY
Title: Jack Ruby
Format: LP
Label: Feeding Tube
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
2016 repress. "Back when Thurston and I were working on our book about the New York No Wave scene, a key mystery we hoped to unravel was the one surrounding the band Jack Ruby. I knew George Scott had been in the band, along with Chris Gray, but we were never able to nail down any hard info. Lydia Lunch and Rudolph Grey both had blazing memories of their weirdness, originality and power, but no one could turn up anything solid. Time passed, the book came out and -- chuffed by the fact wed name-checked the band in the book -- some of the participants began to emerge. Weasel Walter got his hands on a great tape of material which he released on CD (most of which is reprised here), and bits and pieces of the bands story continued to roll out. Theyd actually formed in 1973 withBoris Policeband on electric viola and Randy Cohen on Serge synthesizer. The two pretty much constant members were guitarist Gray and singer Robin Hall. Theyd done a demo for Epic. The original band never played live, etc., kind of crazy. Then a batch of old tapes was found in Pennsylvania. We sent them to Don Fleming who transferred and catalogued them for us, and we were totally blown away by what he was uncovering. Hit and Run and Mayonnaise are the original line-up recorded in a small Times Square Studio. Boris left after that and they recorded the Epic session as a trio. Thats Bored Stiff, Bad Teeth, and Sleep Cure. The other songs were recorded by the later, performing version of the band with Chris and George and another (all but anonymous) person or two. They played five live shows, featuring crawling dolls, buzzing dildos and the cracked Rocket From The Tombs sort of sound theyd evolved. The last one was in November 77 at Maxs withVivienne Dicks then-boyfriend, Stephen Barth on vocals. And the shit may be lo-fi at times, but it is genuinely fucked and a real pleasure to hear nonetheless." --Byron Coley; Edition of 600. Includes download code with purchase. Volume Two coming soon. Still copies of the original POLICEBAND single available.

Artist: JACK RUBY
Title: Jack Ruby (Volume 2)
Format: LP
Label: Feeding Tube
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"When Don Fleming was doing the initial transfers of the tapes wed gotten retrieved from Randy Cohens barn, every evening seemed to bring a new surprise. But nothing was a bigger jawdropper than the material which makes up the second LP of our Jack Ruby archival series. The central core of the album is the 16 & a 1/2 minute track, "Destroy/Lost," recorded at the bands rehearsal space in January 74. Robin Hall vocalizes and Boris plays electric viola, but the bulk of the piece is screaming analog synth weirdness from Randy Cohens Serge synthesizer. According to Robin, the track was recorded in hopes that it might be pared down to a single. Hard to imagine how the hell it mightve been done (or in what universe), but it is a masterpiece of long-format insanity -- with Boris and Robin providing a context for the massive gallumping of the Serge. Additional players appear on some of the shorter tracks -- new music/free jazz saxophonist, Pete van Riper, on "Lithium Serenade"; Boriss electric viola on "Hydrogen Lullaby"; Chris Grays guitar on "Mandible Mambo"; Rich Golds Serge joins Boris strings on "Ghost Note." The rest is the product of Randys whacked-out compositional notions and his mastery of the Serges patch-cords. Some of the material was recorded pre-Jack Ruby at Cal Arts (where Randy and Boris first met). The rest was from a performance in New York in early 74. Heard as a whole, it is a bizarrely shaped piece of the pre-punk/free-form puzzle that was Jack Ruby. Buckle up. Its going to be a bumpy ride." --Byron Coley; Includes download card. Edition of 600.

Artist: JACK RUBY
Title: Hit and Run
Format: Double CD
Label: Saint Cecilia Knows
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
New lower pricing. "The collected recordings of legendary lost 1970s New York City band, Jack Ruby. Seen and heard by just a precious few, Jack Ruby made only five studio recordings and played an equal number of gigs between 1973 and 1977. None of their music was ever released and, until now, they have existed solely as a word-of-mouth legend among peers. Yet their legacy and influence can clearly be heard in bands that followed in their wake like Sonic Youth and Teenage Jesus And The Jerks. They have been variously described as "The Velvet Underground in a car crash" and the "art-punk Steely Dan." Formed in 1973 by vocalist Robin Hall, guitarist Chris Gray, multi-instrumentalist Randy Cohen, classically-trained viola player Boris (also known as Boris Policeband), and later joined by bassist George Scott (James Chance And The Contortions/8-Eyed Spy/John Cale) and new vocalist Stephen Barth, the first incarnation of Jack Ruby demoed two tracks in a Times Square recording studio in 1974; their signature tune, the nihilistic proto-punk "Hit and Run" -- sounding like some unholy blend of Raw Power-era Stooges, Velvet Underground and J.G. Ballards Crash -- and a bizarre number entitled "Mayonnaise," based around Boris amplified viola and primitive electronic "beats" sequenced on Cohens Serge synthesizer. These two cuts were used to hustle additional studio time from Epic Records through Sly Stones A&R, Stephen Paley. Three more maniacal songs of arch art-punk with killer pop hooks -- "Bored Stiff," "Bad Teeth," and "Sleep Cure" -- were all recorded in one five to six hour session at Columbia Studios in May 1974. With Cohen patching musique concrète sounds through the Serge, set against Grays banshee guitar-playing and Halls snotty vocals, the Jack Ruby sound was formed. But a record deal evaded them. Cohen left and started a new career as a writer for Late Night With David Letterman and, later, as The Ethicist, a columnist for The New York Times solving readers ethical problems. In 1976, Hall and Gray reactivated Jack Ruby as a live-performing unit with George Scott on bass. They played harder, faster and louder than any other band in New York at that time. Their rehearsals at Matrix studios, and dusk-to-dawn parties at the Bowery apartment behind CBGBs shared by Gray and Scott, became a cult draw for other NYC punk and no wave musicians. Hall quit the band unexpectedly in 1977, days before their first scheduled gig. Jack Ruby continued on as a power trio with Gray, by now the only original member, taking over vocal duties for a couple of shows alongside Teenage Jesus And The Jerks and the Fleshtones, before disbanding for good after one last riotous show with new vocalist Stephen Barth at Maxs Kansas City, formerly stalking ground of the bands idols, The Velvet Underground. Hit and Run is a two-disc set of everything Jack Ruby recorded between 1973 and 1977 (across four incarnations of the band) that should see them acknowledged as one of the most radical and brilliantly original groups to emerge from the 1970s New York City music scene. Remastered from recently-discovered master tapes, the first disc collects all five of the bands studio recordings, which although 40 years-old still sound thrillingly urgent and modern, alongside a 1977 cassette of a band rehearsal, and a 2013 remix by producer Don Fleming. Disc two contains another side to Jack Ruby; a series of largely-electronic, avant-garde pieces from 1972 and 1974 -- nine short tracks that play like a library record, book-ended by two longer ones -- some of the earliest extant recordings made on a Serge synthesizer. What Jack Ruby left is a remarkable legacy of recorded music -- hidden for decades, now-revealed -- constituting a previously-unheard secret history of the New York City music scene of the early 1970s." - Saint Cecilia Knows.

Artist: JACK RUBY
Title: Hit & Run /Bad Teeth
Format: 7"
Label: Saturday
Country: France
Price: $10.00
Two 1974 recordings from the nearly OOP CD. http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-12-28/music/the-story-behind-1970s-era-nyc-proto-punks-jack-ruby/
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Artist: JACK RUBY
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: ugExplode
Country: USA
Price: $10.00
"The first recordings unearthed of this seminal proto-punk/no wave unit from New York City, circa 1974-1977!!! Twisted, aggressive, weird rock on par with the Electric Eels, Debris, Simply Saucer and early MX80-Sound! Featuring George Scott (Contortions)" - ugExplode.

“Seven years ago, a guy named Gary Reese wrote me and said he was friends with the late Contortions bass player George Scott, and that he could probably help me out with some information on the mythic band Jack Ruby. Up until that point, nobody knew of any surviving recordings by this unit. They remained a shady footnote in underground rock history. After years of cajoling and pursuit, Gary finally convinced Georges brother to let him make a dub of a ratty old cassette tape with two Fall 77 Jack Ruby rehearsals on them. Those rehearsals belied an incredible amount of guitar-skree bombast. I mastered the tracks to eke out the most clarity possible from them and the result was circulated amongst very few cognoscenti with little fanfare. In 2009, another Jack Ruby tape surfaced. Gary was in contact with Scotts old girlfriend Leslie, who had a mysterious 1/4 reel of tape with the bands name and some song titles scrawled on it. It took some time, but I had the reel baked and transferred . . . and, lo and behold, it featured four crystal clear-sounding 74 studio demos! I kept playing these great demos and I thought to myself, “If Im listening to this stuff so much, somebody else is going to want to hear it too!” Thats the point where I knew it was my duty to release this anthology. So, we found all the surviving ex-members of the group and put together this fully-authorized package featuring eight killer tracks of noisy, high-energy greatness and designed a full-color package featuring extensive liner notes and tons of period photos. This release is a must-have for those who crave those truly bizarre missing links from the pre-punk past. Jack Rubys tough, sleazy sound is a direct antecedent to both PUNK and NO WAVE.” - Weasel Walter, September 2011.

“Maybe it was 1976. Maybe it wasnt. Maybe I stumbled into Bleeker Bobs. Maybe a lanky giant with an immense toxic cloud of frizzy hair and huge hands lumbered toward me. Maybe it was Chris Grey. Somehow I ended up in a dank rehearsal space. Face to face with George Scott. Having my head torn off by my ears. Jack Ruby. Music to murder by. Like 3 hits of acid and a shot of crystal meth after a month long beer binge. A brutal psycho-delic teenage scream of sexual frustration, disappointment and misery channeled into sonic overdrive. A beautifully violent horrible throttling. I loved it” - Lydia Lunch, August 2011.
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