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Wild 'n' Tender
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CD

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RELEASE DATE
4/15/2014

Like Kenneth Higney's Attic Demonstration, Dane Sturgeon's Wild 'n' Tender was recorded as a songwriting demo rather than a commercial release. Like Higney, it's one of a kind, legendary since the earliest days of private press record collecting. Wild tracks like "The Ghost of Bardsley Road" and "Queen Bee" drip with the garish, obsessive sexuality of a Russ Meyer movie. Tender songs like "Who's Gonna Hold the Wind" reveal a true tenderness hard to find. The album calls itself "folk-rock in a stone groove," but it's really early rock and roll channeled in the psychedelic era (1967) by a guy too busy getting loaded to notice how fast everything's changing -- in other words, timeless. Three recent living room recordings provide further proof of Sturgeon's sly mastery of metaphorical songwriting. Aaron Milenski, Acid Archives: "No other album has this particular sound -- for the most part this is great." Jello Biafra, Incredibly Strange Music 2: "...like Del Shannon singing with Joe Meek's Blue Men on the dark side of the moon."