John Davis - Pure Night Plus 2xCD (Reissue w/Bonus Material)
John Davis’ earliest recordings on Shrimper are being reissued on September 21st via Shrimper in conjunction with John’s Inundation label (which issued his instrumental record “Gnawing On The Bone” last year). The double CD includes his debut cassette (Stars & Songs, 1993), 7" EP (R.I.P., D.I.Y., 1993) and LP (Pure Night, 1994), along with a 4 song EP that was originally tucked into a split single with Sandra Bell, (Instress Vol. 1, 1995) and 7 bonus tracks, 6 of them unreleased.. New extensive liner notes by John Davis and Adam Green of The Moldy Peaches explore John’s beginnings in The Palace Brothers and the bridge that would lead him to The Folk Implosion.
The original recordings have been remastered from the master tapes by engineer and producer Matt Pence. The original artwork by John and his sister Theo has been tracked down and lovingly rendered here, merging with unreleased photographs in a 6 page eco pack with a 16 page booklet. These fifty stark and intimate home recordings are out of place and out of time, as unable to date with carbon as those of Moondog, Harry Partch, Annette Peacock and other one person bands of gold. These timeless melodies would go on to influence a generation of songwriters, and are presented here in all of their minimal glory.