Published Feb 25, 2013Back in 1995, former Galaxie 500 members Damon & Naomi entered a recording studio to track their sophomore set The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi, but the band were apparently unhappy with the final result. Now, the duo have uncovered the original mixes and are pushing the reset button to deliver a "Bootleg Edition" LP through their own 20/20/20 imprint on April 16.
The original LP, which was issued via Sub Pop, was tracked by engineer/producer Kramer, who a press release explains had a much different idea of how the album should turn out. Damon & Naomi had apparently wanted the LP to have an acoustic focus, which would ultimately point towards the folkier bent of their later material, but Kramer tweaked the LP on his own to line up sonically with the duo's psychedelic debut disc More Sad Hits. An argument between both parties had Kramer conceding to the act, but they had to start from scratch on the mixes, as Kramer related that he had erased the original mix.
Almost two decades later, Kramer got in touch with the duo with news that a friend had found a bunch of master tapes from the producer's old studio, with one of them potentially being the lost version of The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi. Damon Krukowski was then given "a dusty plastic bag sealed with duct tape" that contained the original recordings.
While a tracklisting isn't yet available, the release features a different song sequence and includes one previously unreleased recording.
It also features new artwork, which repurposes an old album cover of Sonny & Cher's and scrubs out the '60s duo's faces and names. You can see it up above.
Damon & Naomi's last LP was 2011's False Beats and True Hearts.