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ARTIST
TITLE
Retour
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
REDUX 011CD REDUX 011CD
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RELEASE DATE
7/14/2017

The unreleased second record by Nothing But Happiness, recorded in 1991. By today's standards, it sounds positively avant-garde. Label head David E. Barker on Retour: "In 1984, I released a compilation LP on the original Glass Records label, called Shadow And Substance (The Wonderful World Of Glass Vol. 2) (1984), intended to show the label as part of, or at least allied with, the UK/US international pop underworld of the day. Alongside tracks by Half Japanese, Cheri Knight and Bruce Pavitt (of Sub Pop, which at that time was a cassette fanzine type thing), sat Nothing But Happiness and King Of Culture, two connected 'groups' that I heard, and indeed met in Manhattan's Lower East Side, through Pam Weiner of Green Records, from Tampa Bay FLA. I used to write to labels or bands I had seen reviewed in Option Magazine back in those days, exchanging discs or tapes with them, which is how I connected with Bruce, Calvin Johnson, Jad Fair and Pam. Cut to: 30+ years later, Glass Records is resurrected as Glass Redux, to give me something to do in my old age, and I spot David Bowman on Facebook. Next thing you know he's telling me about the unfinished second NBH LP from 1991, goes off to Seattle to finish it, sends it to me, I love it, and here we are, closing the circle and maybe drawing a new one up."