Great Piles of Leaves

from by The Scenics

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    Italian pressing from the Rave Up label. Sharp, clear, warm remaster of original 1977-78 studio recordings by Victoria, BC, producer Joby Baker. Joby had two projects he produced up for Grammys this year. Original recordings done on 4 and 8 track reel to reel.

    ‘I don’t know much about this Canadian New Wave band that made these brilliant recordings in ’77 & ’78. Why they aren’t legends is hard to say.’ Roctober (Chicago)

    “Largely unappreciated when they originally existed between 1976-81, these underground icons merged Television’s guitar work, Big Star’s pop prowess, Pere Ubu’s dementia, & the Ramones’ urgency.” Jonathon Cummins, Montreal Mirror

    "Brainy crackpot art-pop with an ear for off-kilter melody, a headful of magic & twitchy grooves to burn. It's a sin the Scenics have left such a faint mark on punk-rock history... but the reborn cult starts here.” Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

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    Designed by award-winning designer David Montle, who has worked with The Scenics since 1979. Features photos by Brian Molyneaux and Rodney Bowes, including the photo used on the new Scenics T-shirt. Extensive liner notes by Colin Brunton, director of the Last Pogo and The Last Pogo Jumps Again, tell the story of the summer of 1977 day when he first met and first heard the Scenics. Sound is powerful, clear and nuanced- it's a new remaster by celebrated producer Joby Baker and it sounds like the original four track reel to reels, but better!
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    Designed by David Montle, who has designed all the Scenics' album artwork. Features the tray card image from the In The Summer CD. Monochromatic Psychedelia will help you feel the groove.

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lyrics

GREAT PILES OF LEAVES Andy Meyers Feb 28/77
His father always told him that perfection wasn’t
necessary as long as he always got things right.
His father always gave him everything he ever wanted
so he always asked his father every night.

I Want to play like Pablo Casals
When I pick up my cello
I can practice just as hard and as well
think I’ll start with the preludes

poor little boy didn’t know that talent still counted
Lucky little boy always managed too get what he wanted-

In the spring it never rained.
In the summer not too hot.
In the winter just enough snow.
In the fall he played in
Great Piles of Leaves

raked up for him by his gardener in piles up to ten feet high
so he could tumble giggle laugh and play
no leaves were allowed to blow to the next yard
or the next or the next as he was here and fit to play.

His father always told him that winning was not the main thing for him
as long as he never lost or tied.
His father always gave him everything he ever wanted
so he always asked his father till he died.

Chorus X2
Lucky little boy never had to learn that talent still counted
Strange little boy always managed more than he needed-
As a baby sleep and eat all day as a child go out and play
as a young man learn the trade as a mature man go get married

In a marraige of convenience arranged for him by his father
when he saw his young boy become a man
His father died and left the Rolls to him and soon he found
that it was him that was no longer disobeyed.

Come here little boy see the world from your daddy’s knee
I’ll teach you everything you need to know
In the fall you’ll play in great piles of leaves
Great Piles of Leaves

credits

from In The Summer, track released November 10, 2015
Andy Meyers Guitar Vocals Song. Ken Badger Vocals Bass. Mark French Drums.

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Vintage/current music by Toronto protopunk legends The Scenics & related projects.

“It wasn't so much that The Scenics were ahead of their time in 1977, it's more that almost everybody else didn't even know what time it was.
New York had Talking Heads, and England was blessed with XTC, but here was their equal in Toronto...”
Bob Mersereau, author "the Top 100 Canadian Albums"
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