Abecedarians ‎– Eureka

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Tracklist

A1 Ghosts
A2 Soil
A3 Beneath The City Of The Hedonistic Bohemians
B1 I Glide
B2 Mice & Coconut Tree
B3 The Misery Of Cities

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Original first pressing. Screen printed cover, inner sleeve & labels. Limited edition of 500 numbered on the back of the jacket.

This is the original release which includes the song "Beneath The City Of The Hedonistic Bohemians" which was replaced by the 1987 Caroline reissue with "The Other Side Of The Fence". The rest of the track listing remains intact and in the same order.

There is also a repress/reissue in a Dark Green sleeve which is not numbered.

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  • Matrix / Runout: Side A) B ch 7PV50772-1 RE-1 05016
  • Matrix / Runout: Side B) B ch 7PV50772-2 RE-1 05016

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Pylon 28 Abecedarians Eureka(2xLP, Album, RE, Blu + CD, EP, Ltd, RM, Bon) Pylon Records (2) Pylon 28 US 2012 Sell This Version
PYLON 28 Abecedarians Eureka(CD, Album, Dig) Pylon Records (2) PYLON 28 US 2012 Sell This Version
Pylon 28 Abecedarians Eureka(2xLP, Album, RE, Blu + CD, Bon + Ltd, RM) Pylon Records (2) Pylon 28 US 2012 Sell This Version
7PV50772 Abecedarians Eureka(LP, Album, RP, Dar) Southwest Audio Reproductions 7PV50772 US 1986 Sell This Version
Pylon 28 Abecedarians Eureka(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Pylon Records (2) Pylon 28 US 2012 Sell This Version

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nickripley

nickripley

November 28, 2020
Well, what I hold in my hands is a dream come true for Abecedarians fans. Originally released in 1986, the Abecedarians released their debut mini-album Eureka in strict limited run (only 500 numbered copies pressed for their fans). It was around this time that they also had their first single, Smiling Monarchs”, released on legendary Factory Records out of Manchester, England. What this CD release brings together is Eureka in its original running order along with songs recorded from that era plus the 2 songs recorded and released by Factory Records in 1985 and mixed by Joy Division/New Order’s Bernard Sumner. The opening track “Ghosts” is a very haunting track and will remind the listener of gloomy moody music that was emerging from the UK during the late 1970’s/ early 1980’s. Joy Division, early New Order, 17 Seconds / Faith / Pornography era Cure influences abound throughout this release. Reverb on the instruments and Chris Manecke’s vocals set the tone for late night listening in the dark.
“Smiling Monarchs”, “Benway’s Carnival”, and “Switch” are laced with synth and will appeal to fans of the recent cold wave / minimal synth movement. As for the rest of the tracks on this release, if you grew up in Los Angeles in the mid-late 1980’s you’d most likely to have heard an Abecedarians track being played on the local college radio station or caught them at the Scream Night Club at the Park View Plaza. Their sound captured everything that was happening in the Los Angeles & Orange County underground art rock – indie rock scene along with bands like Savage Republic, Drowning Pool, Psi-Com, Homeland, Red Temple Spirits, and others. “Misery of Cities” sums up the vibe of this era. The versions of “Wild Flower (Wild Flowers Grow from Trash)” and “They Said Tomorrow” (this demo version has nice sounding keyboards featured) are the early 80’s demos that made their way on the Bruce Licher Independent Project Records The Other Side of the Fence 2x10” release in 1991. Both of these tracks would appear a few years later in a more rockin’ sound on their Resin LP and the Scream compilation.
For further listening seek out the extremely limited blue vinyl edition (only available directly from the Pylon records website) a bonus CD is included that features the rest of the Other Side of the Fence demo tracks. The vinyl looks stunning and sound great. The gatefold sleeve opens up to reveal a very cool pic of the band ever seen before. Also included are an insert with lyrics and another never before seen photo of the Abecedarians. A small Abedarians sticker is also included as well. This will appeal to fans and collectors alike. It is also available in standard black vinyl and would make a fine addition to any vinyl collection. Pylon Records and the Abecedarians have come this far in making this release happen and maybe the future holds a deluxe edition release of Resin as that album was never released on CD either.