Abecedarians ‎– The Other Side Of The Fence

Independent Project Records ‎– IP 031/ 032
Archive Series (2) – ARCHIVE TWO
2 × Vinyl, LP, 10", Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered


A1 Beneath The City Of The Hedonistic Bohemians
A2 Ghosts
A3 John's Pop
B1 Come Out
B2 Classic
B3 Spaghetti Western
C1 Switch
C2 Where's Karen
C3 Soil
D1 The Other Side Of The Fence
D2 Wildflower
D3 They Said Tomorrow

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This 2x10" was released in a numbered edition of 1750 copies. The first 500 numbered copies were pressed on colored vinyl, while the rest of the edition (#'s 501-1750) were pressed on black vinyl. There also exist between 100-150 additional unnumbered copies stamped for promotional use only. "No." is stamped on each inner record sleeve and on the back of the fold-out cover.

These recordings are among the first made by The Abecedarians, all dating from 1983-1985 and preceding the release of their debut 12" on Factory Records in 1985.
"While some of the songs were later re-recorded for their Caroline Records releases of 1986-1987, we felt that the energy and the passion in these versions more accurately captures the soul of the band." (sleeve note)

All tracks recorded in Orange County, California, between 1983 and 1985 and most tracks mixed November 1990 at Motiv Studios, L.A.
A very different version of "They Said Tomorrow" appears on the "Scream" Compilation LP, and the other five songs have never before been released in any form whatsoever.

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July 26, 2020

What a great band that of the Abecedarians. Unfortunately they have been underestimated. They haven't made so many records, but what little they have done is formidable and unique.