The ResidentsBest Left Unspoken... Volume Three: For Elsie And Other Selections

Label:Ralph America – RA024
Series:eL Ralpho Archive
CD, Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered
Style:Abstract, Experimental


For Elsie
1Part 11:04
2Part 21:19
3Part 32:31
4Part 42:08
5Part 55:05
6Part 62:13
7Part 74:20
8Part 84:06
9Part 95:43
11Lots Of Knots
GuitarN. Cook*
VocalsC. Fabrizio*, M. Harvey*
13Animal Lover Seven
GuitarN. Cook*
VocalsI. Barbier*
14The Feast Of Epiphany
VocalsC. Fabrizio*

Companies, etc.



Limited and hand-numbered edition of 1,000 copies. Comes in three-panel digipak.

Notes from release:

- Tracks 1 to 9 (1987): For Elsie is based on a folk tune that was popularized by Beethoven with his Für Elise. Why The Residents picked it up is unknown, but they recorded this 30-minute version in 1987. After the first Cube E European tour, the band returned to San Francisco and performed series of shows ending with Cube NYE on New Year's Eve, 1989. Each member of the audience was given a goody bad which included the For Elsie CD. An edited version also appeared on a one-sided LP,
- Track 10 (1998): written to a kind of overture for the Wormwood show, Nober had its only live performance on April Fools' Day of 1999 at the Copley Theater in Boston. The curtains opened, and the group launched into the complicated piece which weaved a texture of themes from various songs from the show. As the last note finished, it was greeted with such a blank response by the audience that it was pulled from the set list and was never played again. That performance was not recorded, but here is the original musical sketch for the piece. Previously unreleased,
- Track 11 (2005): this lengthy piece can be found as the backing music for the strange video, Lots Of Knots, from the Ralph America DVD, The Way We Were,
- Track 12 (1986): just a piece found floating around in the archives. Previously unreleased,
- Track 13 (2005): from the Animal Lover sessions. Previously unreleased,
- Track 14 (2004): The 12 Days Of Brumalia was an internet event presented by The Residents and For 12 days, starting on December, 25th, a new song was posted daily on the web site along with an illustration and a quote. On the 13th day The Residents presented the epic musical work, The Feast Of Epiphany. The collection was also released on CD by Ralph America in the summer of 2004.

(C) (P) 2007, The Cryptic Corporation

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  • Matrix / Runout: - RA024 - 22759


  • tomerikloe's avatar
    my copy is un-numbered, does this mean it were pressed in more than 1000 copies, it looks identical to the one in this picture though.....


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