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The Rain Parade*Emergency Third Rail Power Trip

Label:Enigma (4) – ENIGMA 19
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Style:Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock


A1Talking In My Sleep
Written-ByD. Roback*, M. Piucci*
A2This Can't Be Today
FeaturingAmrit, Kendra Smith
Written-ByM. Piucci*, S. Roback*
A3I Look Around
Written-ByD. Roback*
A41 HR ½ Ago
Written-ByD. Roback*, S. Roback*
A5Carolyn's Song
Written-ByD. Roback*
B1What She's Done To Your Mind
Written-ByD. Roback*, M. Piucci*
B2Look At Merri
Written-ByD. Roback*, M. Piucci*, S. Roback*
B3Saturday's Asylum
ProducerEthan James
Written-ByM. Piucci*, S. Roback*
Written-ByS. Roback*

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Recorded at Contour Studios, Los Angeles, February - March 1983, except "Saturday's Asylum" and "Kaleidoscope" which were recorded at Radio Tokyo Studios.
Mastered A Capitol Records
This has one track less than the Rain Parade - Emergency Third Rail Power Trip

℗&© 1983 Enigma Records
Published by Llamaphobia Music/Amgine Music/Bug Music (BMI)

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  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side 1, variant 1, etched Mastered By Capitol stamped): E-19-A G-1 1171-A1 Au♂ ES MASTERED BY CAPITOL S-11480
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side 2, variant 1, etched Mastered By Capitol stamped): E-19-B RE G-2 1171-B2 Au♂ R.I.P. - S.H. ES MASTERED BY CAPITOL S-11481 [sideways stickman with halo]
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side 1, variant 2, etched Mastered By Capitol stamped): E-19-A G-1 1171-A1 Au♂ ƐR MASTERED BY CAPITOL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side 2, variant 2, etched Mastered By Capitol stamped): E-19-B RE G-2 1171-B2 Au♂ R.I.P. - S.H. ƐR MASTERED BY CAPITOL [sideways stickman with halo]

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Emergency Third Rail Power Trip (LP, Album)Enigma Records (3)ENIGMA 0019-1Europe1983
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Emergency Third Rail Power Trip (Cassette, Album)Enigma Records (3)EC 0019US1983
Emergency Third Rail Power Trip (LP, Album, Gatefold)Zippo RecordsZING 001UK1984
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Emergency Third Rail Power Trip (LP, Album)Zippo RecordsZING 001UK1984
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Emergency Third Rail Power Trip (LP, Album, Reissue, Gatefold)Zippo RecordsZING 001UK1984


heybill's profile picture
An incredibly thin/translucent piece of vinyl with sharp edges and all yet it sounds incredible! Wide sound soundstage with a welcome/fresh take on some classic psychedelic sounds. Highly recommended if you can find it.
Shaunrogan's profile picture
Anyone else have an Enigma test press of this one? I will add it to the release list but if anyone has any contributions in terms of history let me know.
sunken.treasure's profile picture
Great record and the progenitor of what shoegaze was to become just a few years later, with bands like MBV, Ride, Slowdive and more picking up where Roback left off. A pioneer of sound and truly missed.
65berj's profile picture
One of my favorite albums from my college years. I still love it to this very day.
all4vinyl's profile picture
translucent brown (virgin) vinyl - hold yours up to the light and see yourself ;)
Hauntology's profile picture
R.I.P David Roback. Thanks for the good times: the trips out and the trips in.
Fly high.
Shaunrogan's profile picture
There are white label test pressings of this in circulation. I scored one fairly recently off ebay. Handwritten catalog numbrs on labels in red ink - mastered at capitol stamped on runout and RIP - S.H. scratched into run off. Anyone else have one?
streetmouse's profile picture
Edited 12 months ago
When the psychedelic 60’s faded into the sunset during the early 70’s, there were many who still clung to those beautiful bits of naive ideals and nostalgia for the enchanting swirling colours, the beautiful clothes, the gentleness and the magic of the recently outlawed lysergic and MDA, yet without the sense that doors were in the process of opening.

By the 80’s, those who weren’t old enough to have been part of the movement, and spurred on by those who refused to give up the dream, made a sincere attempt to resurrect those visions, many as part of what’s come to be know as the ‘Paisley Underground.’ Yet all and all, this new sound was a vision drawn from grainy Polaroid snapshots and clothing that had been cast aside, picked up and put on by those who were attempting to carry a banner for a movement that no longer existed, meaning that all they had to show for themselves was the resurrection of an imagined musical statement that had nothing to support it.

Far too many fail to understand that the psychedelic 60’s came about for a reason, with complexities as rich as varied as each individual wanted them to be, with this new generation now attempting to mature the music, and while doing a fine job at it, though as I said, without the essence and support of the causes that brought it into existence in the first place. That being said, nearly all of these bands falter in that they invent nothing, nor do they find a manner in which to re-invent, content merely to recycle aspects that delighted a generation before them. Rain Parade are like meeting old friends with their Doors’ organ riffs, or Neil Young's quivering guitar laid up against compelling lyrics. It would be wrong to call this band, or any others rip-offs, or say that they connect the dots for a series of stolen moments, because there is a sincerity to be found there, a concerted attempt at a deeper understanding and revitalization for the soundtrack that made the 60’s so lushful and intoxicating, yet again, the music floats without the underlying essence to support it, though with that in mind, this album in particular is essentially strong and far ahead of its time, foreshadowing what a band such as Asteroid #4 would become famous for.

Rain Parade, like Spacemen 3, or even Dream Syndicate do nothing stunning with their instruments, though they do create a delightful intoxicating atmosphere with their instrumentation, one laced with jangling fuzzed guitars, sitars, violins, and pianos, though again, it all sounds like some hazy memory being swept back on a breeze though an open window sparking the taste of something that was lost so long ago. With that in mind, I do wish that I could put myself into the heads of these folks and attempt to feel their passion, their sense of urgency and calling, because Rain Parade, unlike so many others of this genre and time have managed to avoid the pitfalls that have trapped so many others who’ve attempted to make this trip, only to create songs that are effectively redundant. Rain Parade deliver a body of work that’s pop-like in it’s fashion, easy to listen to, and filled with unique characteristics and ideas that create a melodic, yet not moody atmosphere ... in short, an album that for me would have been a masterpiece during the 60's.

Rain Parade are consistent, with gentle trippy-ish crafted songs woven together with hypnotic visual lyrics, and I’d recommend this album to anyone of like mind, as they're a band that sincerely causes me to smile, as in hindsight, I now realize that we (those who were there then) were not out there driving through the galaxy alone, that there were those in the backseat watching wide-eyed, making me wish that I’d taken the time to turn around in my head long adventure to see who was picking up on what we were laying down.

Review by Jenell Kesler
littlemartin's profile picture
Big influence on Stone Roses' John Squire