Collectors looking to track down vinyl pressings of the avant violin work of the late, great Nash the Slash (a.k.a. Jeff Plewman) will be glad to know that Canadian imprint Artoffact Records is set to begin a reissue series showcasing some of his earliest work.
A press release explains that the imprint will soon deliver both vinyl and CD editions of Nash the Slash's 1979 debut, Dreams & Nightmares, as well as 1980's Children of the Night, the Hammersmith Holocaust live LP and the Bedside Companion EP from 1978. All of these had initially been delivered through Cut-Throat Records, but those editions are long out-of-print. The reissues will arrive on vinyl come February 5 and earlier on CD on December 4.
For a taste of what the reissues have to offer, down below you'll find a full stream of the expanded Children of the Night reissue. The original run-order featured Nash's biggest hit, "Swing Shift," as well as dark wave-style revamps of the Rolling Stones' "19th Nervous Breakdown," "Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," and Sergei Profokiev's Peter and the Wolf. The album was well-received upon its release and led to a UK tour stint with new wave figure Gary Numan.
The physical version comes with a booklet featuring various rare, era-appropriate pictures of the bandaged-up conceptual fiddler. Limited quantities will be served up fog-blue double vinyl.
"Nash was quite possibly the most unique performer on the planet," Numan recalls in a statement. The "Cars" singer has also prepped liner notes for the Hammersmith Holocaust re-release.
You can get further details on all the reissues and pre-order them at the Artoffact website.
As previously reported, Plewman passed away in 2014 at the age of 66. Prior to his career as the mysterious Nash the Slash, he had performed in Canadian prog outfit FM.