Lost Lyres

MR 328LP MR 328LP

Lost Lyres compiles seven tracks from Lyres recording sessions that took place in summer 1980 plus another five tracks recorded at the same time as their first album, On Fyre (1984). "Perhaps one reason why Lyres didn't set the world's charts alight, and enjoy the kind of success some other groups attained, was that they weren't quite as easy to pigeon-hole as some. It's also true that Jeff Conolly refused to let the group be molded by anyone who would try and turn them into something which they didn't feel real and honest about. 'I allow for one thing about the group DMZ/Lyres,' Conolly states matter of factly, 'no manager -- self managed.' And whether any given record release was a success or not, it wasn't going to alter the fact that here was a group with a righteously original take on old school beat-rock and, regardless, they would do their own thing. Jeff's unique songwriting craft would also continue to propel them forward. 'I don't know which came first, the song, music, title or just fear of having to come up with something,' he reveals today, 'but that's where the 'record collecting' could once-in-awhile be of some help, certain things to keep your mind functioning and to 'be interested' in... The thing that you had always loved which had now turned into this 'job' nitemare...' And what of others who had gone before who had also tried to make a decent fist of things largely on their own terms? 'Some of these tune-smiths can really crank them out,' reasons Conolly, 'but even a Ray Davies will break down on his own and then what? Turn the corner and 'go soft' with nostalgia or 're-invent the wheel' with whatever.' One can easily surmise that this would not be something that Jeff Conolly would be happy to go along with at all. Fans of Lyres both old and new will be delighted to learn that some of the best of the group's early magic has been finely sifted and duly selected for inclusion on this here very collection which, hopefully, you are digging pretty big on right around now!" --Lenny Helsing