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LP released: Aug 10, 2018

Tracklisting:
1. Tumble And Tear
2. Valley Of Rain
3. Curse Of A Thousand Flames
4. Death Dying And Channel 5
5. Barrio
6. Down On Town (Love'S No Answer)
7. Artists
8. Man Of Want
9. Torture Of Love
10. October Anywhere
11. Black Venetian Blind
GIANT SAND
RETURNS TO THE VALLEY OF RAIN
Label: FIRE RECORDS
Cat No: FIRELP534
Barcode: 0809236153418
Packaging: LP Regular

Valley of Rain was Giant Sand's debut album recorded in 1983,
and released in 1985. It included Howe Gelb on vocals, guitar and Winston Watson on drums for most of it, Tommy Larkins on drums
for some of it and Scott Garber on fretless bass for all of it. At the time of the recording, Howe was unacquainted with the possibilities of
tube (valve) amps and had recorded most of the album with a Roland JC120 at the miraculous 8 track facilities of The Control Center in
Korea Town, Los Angeles by Ricky "Mix" Novak. This impromptu recording had occurred because the band refused to cancel their first
Los Angeles live gig, at Madame Wong's, when the band (Giant Sandworms) had broken up days before in Tucson. Instead, Howe
headed out anyway with Scott, the newest member who'd only been in the band for about a year, after band mainstays Billy Sed and
Dave Seger reasonably decided 'enough was enough' following a rough and tenuous year spent in the lower east side of NYC
attempting to further the band circa 1981/82. Tucsonan Winston Watson was already living in Los Angeles and was brave/kind enough
to jump in for the live date with no rehearsal. The result was so sparked with adrenalin, that the trio set up an impromptu studio session
the next day to attempt to capture the sonic thrust on tape. The total cost of the day and a half recording was $400 including one 1" reel
of 30 minute tape. When Enigma Records offered to release the album they requested another 15 minutes of music to make it a full LP.
Ron Goudie was then called in to oversee the extra recordings. It was then when Howe borrowed an amp that had been stored at the
studio did he discover the bolster of a tube amp and his world changed. The amp was a slightly modified Fender Twin Reverb owned
by Robbie Krieger of The Doors. 30 some years later, now that the band had been put to sleep indefinitely, those very first songs had
begun creeping into the last Giant Sand tours. It somehow seemed appropriate to give them another shot with the proper amp just to
see what they could've been. What made the idea more approachable was the availability of both original drummers living back in
Tucson. The first attempt came last summer with both Winston & Tommy and Th ger Lund on bass, as well as the 2 newest members,
29 year old Gabriel Sullivan and 23 year old Annie Dolan on double neck guitars. The sound was insane. The funny part was Gabriel,
who engineered and mixed the session, gave it an intentional 80s production sound. Howe later explained to Gabe he had been at war
with that production trend since those first original recordings. So they all tried it again at Christmas time, this time with a newly
discovered Fender 30 amp that had only been in production from 1980 - 1983. This new re-recording of that first album now sounds
like it should've sounded. It was re-done for $400 and the same day and a half session time as the original. Scott Garber even drove up
from Austin TX with his fretless to play so that the album is literally the originally line up for at least half of the songs. And yes, no pedal
boards were used too. The band intends to tour this summer playing only those Valley of Rain songs. Giant Sand Returns To Valley Of
Rain.

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