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Last month I was surprised and delighted to be told that volume one of the Sorted "Anthology"series had been UNLEASHED on an unsuspecting world via the wonders of digital music. I was even more surprised and delighted a couple of days ago to find that the "volume one" bit was NOT a joke, as volume TWO was similarly UNLEASHED on Spotify, Amazon and all other digital purveyors.

This one's called Cardboard Cutout Sundown and includes a bunch of yet MORE bands what I was involved with during the heady days of the mid-90s, including The K-Stars. This was an EXCELLENT band to be in for me as, for a change, I was Just The Bass Player, so all I had to do was turn up for gigs and practices while Mr M Jones organised everything. The K-Stars were very much a band of two halfs, being a bit rubbish to start with but then going into Archway Studios one day and, while I'd popped out for some chips, suddenly becoming GRATE!

There's also more from Voon, with the nearest we ever got to An Actual Single, a song by The Fabians that I don't think I play on, and then a whole bunch of other EXCELLENT stuff. I would particularly highlight the final track, the FPV version of "Shark Fishing In America" which was done by Dr N Brown, also of Voon. Neil's stuff is ALL OVER both of these albums, in LOADS of the bands, but I think this is the only one that is just HIM, and it is AMAZING!

It's lovely to have these tracks in the world again, and I hope there's going to be more. Whilst adding all of this info to the The Database Of ROCK I looked at what I'd written LONG ago about Every Pillow Is Tethered Like A Rock, a cassette companion to the Ashtray Heart CD which was only available by going into the Durham Ox and buying 10 different malt whiskies (there were cards that you got stamped!). According to my NOTES, the old Sorted website from 1997 said "The tape consists of 14 exclusive tracks, none of which will be re-issued until the Sorted Records 8CD "Hits and rarities" box set planned for the year 2010." Back then this seemed like a suitably ludicrous future date when something as unthinkable as a "hits and rarities" box set might be released - little did we know it would actually happen one day, but take eleven years longer than predicted!

posted 5/4/2021 by MJ Hibbett

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