Friday 11 April 2008

Now Feeling - From Haloes to Lampshades (1988)

We're going to get a bit revisionist here as we re-up this tape. When we originally posted it, we were most focused on the involvement of soon-to-be-Quitter Joe McCaffery, but this is a whole lot more than that.

We realize now that this tape boasts an all-star line-up, including core members Andrew Pearce, Allen Baekeland and Terry Tomkins (the latter two of whom went on to some degree of fame with Lost and Profound). But then there are folks like Rodney Brent and Karl Roth in the mix, to add to the goodness. Listening to this over the past few years since our initial posting, we've grown quite fond of this tape.

Here's something even better though, stolen from Allen Baekeland on the facebook page for a September 2011 Now Feeling reunion show:

Formed in Calgary spring 1983. Died in Toronto spring 1988. Terry Tompkins wrote most of the songs and sang and played a Fender Duosonic. Neil Sanderson played Farfisa through a Leslie. Allen Baekeland played a Fender Mustang bass, sang and contributed a few songs. Andrew Pearce played drums. His first kit was shitty but he bought better ones. Joe McCaffery joined in 1986 after playing in the Will, he played a Les Paul and also contributed some songs. Other than a couple songs at Allen's 50th birthday party, they have not played in Calgary in 25 years.

Golden Rock has transcribed the liner notes:

An honest document makes its own friends.

Side One
1. Heartstop (Baekeland/Tompkins)*
2. Brand New Set of Lies (Tompkins)**
3. Another Good Reason (McCaffery/Tompkins)***
4. I See You (Tompkins)***
5. New Song #1 (Baekeland/Tompkins)****
6. She Drags Away (Baekeland/Tompkins)*
7. Are You Mine (Sanderson/Tompkins)*
8. She Took the Best Part of Me and Left (Tompkins)*****

Side Two
9. Love with a Shadow (Tompkins)***
10. Escalation (Tompkins)*
11. War Song (Tompkins)*
12. Star (Tompkins)*****
13 Great Divide (Tompkins)***
14. Purple Girl (Tompkins)*
15. Strange (Wire)******

*Recorded at Columbia Studios, Calgary '86
**Recorded at Studio 306, Toronto, May '87
***Basement Demo 87-88
****Basement Demo, Fall '84
*****Live, National Hotel, Calgary, May '86
******Live, 10 Foot Henry's, Calgary, March '84

Terry Tompkins....guitar/vocals
Andrew Pearce....drums
Chuck Gogan....bass
Joe McCaffery....lead guitar, backing vocals
Neil Sanderson....keyboards
Warren Gysi....saxophones
Lisa Boudreau....backing vocals
Rodney Brent....lap steel, mandolin
Karl Roth....violin
Sean Scott....bass
Allen Baekeland...bass, lead vocals (15), backing vocals

Produced by the Now Feeling. Columbia sessions produced by Terry Tompkins, Oz Fritz
Photo by Leonard Farlinger
Brand New Set of Lies video by Philip Martin, Dean Permutter, Antony Anderson
Special thanks to Reverend Bob Black, Oz Fritz, James Muretich, the Left Book Club, the Golden Calgarians.
All songs copyright (c) 1985-86-87-88 PROCAN

You can get the download here.

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