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Artist: RISTAGNO, RICH
Title: What Would It Be Like To Be Rich
Format: LP
Label: Drag City
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Detroit is, as ever, a mystery wrapped in a wasteland. After Motown blew out of town, as if on the last chopper out of Danang, the volatile periphery remained intact-minus its binding barycenter. A young RICHARD RISTAGNO was there, naively participating in the riots that cancelled Detroits application to the echelons of the modern American cities. After hearing about the riots on the radio, he and his MIDNIGHT RIDERS garage band ventured into the periphery, only to get busted for looting. He would be detained again, a year or so later, by Selective Service. Narrowly escaping an uncertain fate in Vietnam, Ristagno served his time in sleepy zones like Fort Knox in Kentucky and German outposts. Returning to Michigan in 1971, he plotted his first recordings. With two original songs in mind, he found a vanity operation jand stamped out what was to be an initial pressing of 500 copies, nearly all of which were sent to radio stations nationwide. After the world failed to beat a path to his door, the initial pressing became the only pressing. He moved on... finding work at a steel treatment plant, where he managed to accumulate the largesse for a more grandiose scheme. What Would It Be Like To Be Rich was to be an autobiographical concept album. In 1981, nearly ten years after his ill-fated single, Ristagno saw an ad in the Detroit News for a recording studio called Soular Sound, and submitted an inquiry about availability. To complete his vision, he would need to hire a band... not surprisingly owner/engineer CONLEY ABRAMS was the bassist of a local funk band called SOULAR FLIGHT. The recordings occurred quickly in 1981. The fusion of Soular Flights disco tendencies with Ristagnos angsty delivery seemingly anticipates industrial and techno, and reflects contemporaries like The Contortions or DNA. In reality, Ristagno remained blissfully ignorant, and cites influences such as Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, and the perennially influential Beatles. Despite a cover concept, Ristagno took the completed LP to Archer Record Pressing and manufactured 100 copies. He had, perhaps, jumped the gun... though he had a cover concept, he didnt have the means to execute the artwork. His initial pressing remained in his parents basement, completely undistributed, underclothed in just frail paper sleeves. It was the 45 single, strategically planted randomly outside Ristagnos domicile, that saved its doomed younger brother. Michigan rock specialists DANIEL SCHLOSSER and BEN BLACKWELL approached Ristagno and freed his personal opus from private imprisonment. Although the grim worldview presented within seems to beg for isolation, its not the work of music lovers to enable further isolation." -Rob Sevier, 2012.

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