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Artist: JOHNSTON, DANIEL
Title: The Story Of An Artist
Format: 6LP Boxset
Label: Munster
Country: Spain
Price: $118.00
"6LP box set version limited to 1,000 copies. Includes individual printed inner sleeves, a two-sided A2 poster and a 64-page booklet with Daniels artwork from those years and extensive notes by music journalist Everett True. Includes Daniels six cassette-only albums recorded between 1980 and 1983." -Munster "When I first met Daniel in 1985, he was already quite well known. He had been giving away homemade cassettes for months and his live performances were attracting enthusiastic crowds. He had even been on MTV. The cassettes were his business cards and he used them well, with Hi, How Are You, Yip/Jump Music, Retired Boxer, Respect and Continued Story finding their way into the hands of seemingly every band in town. As the attention increased, so did the need to keep making and handing out cassettes. It reached a point where much of his paycheck from McDonalds would be spent on blank tapes, so I began talking to him about ways to at least break even. By the time Daniel left Austin a year later, things had changed considerably. I was finding national distribution for the tapes, but he wasnt well, and didnt wish to continue in the music business. He gave me a couple of tapes I hadnt heard before throwing most of his remaining possessions into a dumpster. By the time I found out about the dumpster incident and frantically dug through it, trying to salvage any tapes that I could find, it was too late. What was lost in that dumpster is something well never know. The two unreleased tapes he had given me were More Songs Of Pain and Dont Be Scared (ironically misspelled Dont Be Scarred). Both were unlike anything I had previously heard. Recorded in the semi-privacy of his parents basement in the early 1980s, before hed moved to Texas, the sound was slightly better than the tapes I was already distributing, and the material so strong that I knew he deserved a place among the all-time great songwriters. Both were and are fully realized masterpieces to my ears ... I was able to borrow a tape he had given Glass Eyes Kathy McCarty titled The Joker -- it turned out to be one of several versions of the Songs Of Pain tape that he had given out to his friends in West Virginia before moving to Austin. I knew it had to be the first of the new releases, so I began distributing Songs Of Pain in 1987. A few months later, I borrowed another tape he had given to one of his friends. This led to the release of The What Of Whom. In 1988, I released More Songs Of Pain and in 1989 Dont Be Scared. In 1990, Daniel found some tapes under his bed (!) called The Lost Recordings, and these were released in 1991. Most of Daniels early recordings were done on a $59 Sanyo jam box using the cheapest tape he could find. The term lo-fi was still a few years away and I never gave the low fidelity of these recordings a second thought. It was about the music and the story of an artist. Songs Of Pain, More Songs Of Pain, The What Of Whom, Dont Be Scared and The Lost Recordings tell the story of that artist. They may have been just cassettes, but Daniel owned his own publishing and these releases led to more songs being published, and ultimately more songs being covered by other bands. Im very grateful that Munster Records has chosen to package the recordings from Daniels West Virginia years as a box set. I hope you enjoy it." -Jeff Tartakov, Stress Records

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