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"Hot Off The Press" is a unique and unknown LP featuring super tight performances, lovely four-part harmonies, and songs that won’t take long to get comfortably lodged in your head. ...These guys had a distinct knack for good hooks and lots of unexpected compositional flourishes. …The bulk of it is terrific 1960s westcoast-flavored folkrock with a dreamy psych vibe and good vocal harmonies. …If songs like “Loser” and “Misty Day” had gotten attention from record execs, you’d be listening to News on classic-rock radio. …My pick hits are the powerful “Loser,” with a stunning steel guitar solo, and the long album-closer “New York City,” but this is consistent enough that any given listener could feel equally strong about any two others. …There is something timeless about this record, something difficult to put your finger on, yet it grows with repeat listens. …Here’s a unique and outstanding 70s pop album. The lead instrument is a pedal steel guitar, played with more imagination than almost anywhere. …it can turn a run-of-the-mill country-rock song into a shit-kicking anthem…with soaring, jazzy licks. …This reissue, that boasts two additional tracks, shows off News' honey-tinged harmonies and West Coast easiness, making it one of those great gems that roll out of the seemingly endless vaults. …Here’s a unique and outstanding 70s pop album. …Fucking awesome find. …A delight. …Don’t miss this excellent reissue.
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released May 1, 1974
All Songs by R.R. Prechter except Misty Day and Angie by Machcinski/Prechter and Radio Blahs by Dean Pailler
Gary Friend: Fender Bass and Vocals
Mark London: Pedal Steel Guitar and Vocals
Vic Machcinski: Guitars, Vibes and Vocals
Bob Prechter: Drums, Percussion and Vocals
Jeff Fortgang: keyboards on One Night Stands, Angie, New York City; background vocals and vocal arrangements on Angie, New York City
Dean Pailler: lead guitar on Angie and Dynamic Radio Spot
Michele Montanye: background vocals on Angie, New York City
Jeff Harris: bass on Misty Day Cosey Beach demo
Engineering: Tom Sokira and Rufus Leeking
Recorded at Dynamic Recording Studios, New Haven, CT.
Radio Blahs and Misty Day demo recorded locally in New Haven and East Haven
LP Mastering: George Piros
Front Cover Design: Steve Cryan
Back Cover Photograph: Sharon Monaco
Pro Tools HD transfer: Jim Hawkins, Electro-Acoustic, Athens; Granger Beem, Doppler Studios, Atlanta
Remastering: R.R. Prechter, Granger Beem
Final mastering: Colin Leonard, Glenn Schick Studios, Atlanta
(C)1971, 1974 (p), 2010
Note: The original 15ips, 2 track master is lost.
These tracks were digitally remastered from a 7.5ips tape copy and (for three tracks) a clean LP.
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