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I Hear a New World

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The entirety of Joe Meek's 1960 concept album I Hear a New World, simulating life on the moon by matching rudimentary instrumental rock with electronic effects and treated vocals (though these end up sounding closer to the Chipmunks than moonmen), didn't find release until it came out in the '90s on CD under Meek's name. However, four of the tracks — "The Entry of the Globbots," "The Valley of Saroos," "Orbit Around the Moon," and "Magnetic Field" — did come out on a scarce 1960 EP credited to the Blue Men, in a pressing of just 99 copies. The original EP is extremely pricey and hard to find, but if you want a facsimile (complete with Meek's whimsical original liner notes), it's one of the dozen EP-CDs contained in the 2007 box set Joe Meek: The EP Collection. Note that while a second four-track EP by the Blue Men, I Hear a New World, Pt. 2 (including "Glob Waterfall," "The Dirbcots Space Boat," and "Love Dance of the Saroos"), was scheduled for release, it was canceled, though these tracks too were eventually issued as part of the I Hear a New World CD. However, a facsimile of that unreleased EP — complete with the artwork and liner notes that would have been used — is also included in the Joe Meek: The EP Collection box if you just can't do without it.

Biography

Born: 05 April 1929 in Newent, Gloucestershire, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s

Not an artist in the traditional sense of the term (he couldn't play or sing at all) producer Joe Meek has nonetheless been belatedly recognized as an important, even inimitable, figure of early British rock & roll. Like Phil Spector, Meek developed idiosyncratic production techniques that, much more than the artists he worked with, stamped a vision of mad genius on his recordings. In Meek's case, this usually amounted to super-compressed sound, wavering sped-up vocals, ghostly backing violins...
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  • €8.99
  • Genres: Electronic, Music
  • Released: May 1960

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