"Seen and heard by just a precious few, Jack Ruby made only five studio recordings and played an equal number of gigs between 1973 and 1977. None of their music was ever released and, until now, they have existed solely as a word-of-mouth legend among peers. They have been variously described as "the Velvet Underground in a car crash" and the "art-punk Steely Dan". Formed in 1973 by vocalist Robin Hall, guitarist Chris Gray, multi-instrumentalist Randy Cohen, classically-trained viola player Boris (also known as Boris Policeband), and later joined by bassist George Scott (James Chance and the Contortions/8-Eyed Spy/John Cale) and new vocalist Stephen Barth, the first incarnation of Jack Ruby demoed two tracks in a Times Square recording studio in 1974; including their signature tune, the nihilistic proto-punk "Hit and Run" - sounding like some unholy blend of Raw Power-era Stooges, Velvet Underground and J.G. Ballard's Crash. "Hit and Run" is a two-disc set of everything Jack Ruby recorded between 1973 and 1977 (across four incarnations of the band) that should see them acknowledged as one of the most radical and brilliantly original groups to emerge from the 1970s New York City music scene." (label info) deluxe 2CD package, with liner notes by Thurston Moore and Jon Savage
soon in stock - please pre-order | US| 2014| SAINT CECILIA | 21.90

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