Jeff Eubank – A Street Called Straight

January 01, 1970

(Drag City)

 

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At first, it does seem a little odd to see something like
the reissue of this 1983 private press album by Kansas-born psychedelic soft
rocker Jeff Eubank get released on the same label that brought us such
unrepentant indie rock milestones as the first Royal Trux LP, Jim O’Rourke’s Insignificance, Flying Saucer Attack’s Chorus and the Palace Brothers’ There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You. But then again, given
the 21-year-old Chicago imprint’s penchant of
late for building up a mesmerizingly scattershot cache of lost crate-dug curios
from the likes of Detroit Afro-punkers Death,
gender-bending Louisville no-wavers The
Endtables, British folk legend Bert Jansch, Appalachian carnival barker Hamper
McBee and California
psych-cult rockers Ya Ho Wa 13, nothing should come as a surprise.

 

And
when you think about it in that context, this gorgeously smooth collection of yacht
rockin’ Al Stewart-meets-Fred Neil vibes fits right in with the whole dysfunctional
family of leftfield catalog releases like a cool, weird uncle who smoked one
margarita-dipped joint too many. Ever since Rich Haupt, renowned album
collector and co-owner of the rarities label Rockadelic Records (and occasional
BLURT blogger), rediscovered A Street Called Straight and its easy,
breezy, Southern California-kissed AM rock a good decade ago, underground vinyl
nerds have been a-flutter about this ultra hard-to-find LP, which was only given
a run of 500 copies on its initial pressing. Now, thanks to the obsessively
knowledgeable tastemakers at Drag, Eubank’s sole release – before giving up on
music to become just another family guy you pass in the aisles at your local
Home Depot (or, if you are talking about the 1980s, Pergament) – has been given
a second lease on life.

 

Sonically
touched up from the original master source tapes, Street’s cosmic surfer
vibes and strange songs about kamikaze pilots, adolescent daydreams and
“Earthian Children” sound straighter than ever-now at an availability
wide enough to be enjoyed by more than that creepy baby boomer collector guy
who keeps bumping into you at your favorite mom-and-pop during your Saturday
record run.

 

Standout Tracks: “Feels Like Me”,
“Earthian Children”, “Kamikaze Pilot”, “Seventeen On The Planet” RON HART

 

 

 

 

 

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