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Radio Demos/Live At Cantones, Boston 1982
MUNSTER RECORDS (SPAIN)
Two essential documents of Boston's underground compiled on one CD. First, an incredible collection of tapes recently discovered in
's garage, featuring radio station recordings from 1976. A great example of Boston rock & roll that sees the light of day after 35 years! As if that wasn't enough, a furious live set by Lyres at a tiny Italian restaurant that became the home of Boston's underground punk and rock & roll movement. The 1970s garage punk band from Boston,
, had dissolved in a 1978 train wreck.
Jeff "Mono Mann" Conolly
, DMZ's inspired singer and songwriter, decided to take a Vox organ-driven direction next in his
. Lyres evolved into an amorphous group of players moving in and out of the band over the years with certain mainstays like
, DMZ's drummer and bass player respectively, hanging in longer than most.
Ricky "Little Man" Carmel
was the original guitarist for Lyres and was with Conolly, Murphy and Coraccio when they recorded the classic 1979 45
Don't Give It Up Now/How Do You Know?
By the time
, DMZ's lead guitarist, returned to Boston from Cincinnati in the summer of 1980 to join Lyres, the original line-up had also dissolved and Conolly was filling in players on an ad hoc basis. The next iteration of Lyres had some staying power and included, along with Conolly and Greenberg,
, DMZ's original bass player, and
, who had been the drummer for the
. This band recorded Lyres' first two releases for Ace of Hearts Records, the EP
and the 45
Help You Ann/I Really Want You Right Now
. This batch of Lyres collapsed at the end of 1981. Conolly re-recruited Murphy, Coraccio and Carmel back to Lyres at the start of 1982. However, for the recording at hand,
Live At Cantones, Boston 1982
, Carmel was indisposed and Greenberg got "the call" from Conolly to fill in the night of the show. From a historical perspective, this night at Cantones is reported to be the only night where Conolly, Murphy, Coraccio and Greenberg -- four fifths of DMZ -- played together as Lyres -- except for a much later Spanish tour in 2009. Cantones was an Italian restaurant in Boston's financial district by day. By night, the suits were gone and left those cold and empty streets to the kids. This particular show is an energetic and raucous representation of the many, many nights Lyres cranked it out at Cantones. It was commonplace for the night to end at 2:30am with brawls that spilled out through broken windows into the street.
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