Josef K - Sorry For Laughing LP + CD
Josef K - The Only Fun in Town LP + CD (Les Disques du Crepuscule/Belgium)
Repress, black vinyl, 500 copies.
LTM presents a limited edition (x500) black vinyl edition of Sorry For Laughing, the legendary first album by cult Scottish guitar group Josef K, recorded for Postcard Records but destined to become the great ‘lost album’ of the post-punk era.
Recorded at Castle Sound Studios (Edinburgh) in November 1980, Sorry For Laughing should have been issued as Postcard 81-1, but was shelved after the band and label boss Alan Horne decided the 12-song set sounded too polished. Perhaps two dozen white-label copies in unmade sleeves exist, and have sold for as much as £1,000 amongst collectors. Josef K issued their second stab at a debut album, The Only Fun In Town, in July 1981 – only to split after completing a promotional tour.
This remastered edition of Sorry For Laughing replicates the original Robert Sharp artwork (a solarised portrait of the band atop Calton Hill, printed in silver pantone), with detailed sleeve notes on the inner bag, and the added bonus of a 12 track CD, The TV Art Demos, featuring all tracks from the band’s very first recording sessions in 1979.
‘They were The Sound of Young Scotland, together with Orange Juice, whose guitars were also radiant and brittle, whose rhythms were also scrubbed and blunt, whose vocals were also proud and serious, but who sounded like another group entirely’ (Paul Morley); ‘In retrospect, their aborted attempt at a debut album feels much superior to what was finally released. The early versions of the songs sound superbly coiled and keen, the sublime poise of Endless Soul their truly timeless blaze of glory’ (Simon Reynolds)
The clear vinyl edition has been pressed in a limited edition of 500 copies only.
Disc 1 (Sorry For Laughing vinyl LP)
A1. Fun 'n' Frenzy
A2. Heads Watch
A4. Sense of Guilt
A5. Art of Things
A6. Crazy to Exist
B2. Variation of Scene
B3. Terry's Show Lies
B4. No Glory
B5. Endless Soul
B6. Sorry For Laughing
Disc 2 (The TV Art Demos CD)
1. Chance Meeting (Take 1)
2. Terry's Show Lies
3. No Glory
4. Final Request
5. Art of Things
6. Romance (Take 1)
7. Torn Mentor
8. Night Ritual
9. Heads Watch
10. Chance Meeting (Take 2)
11. Sense of Guilt
12. Romance (Take 2)
Side 1: 1. Fun ‘n’ Frenzy 2. Revelation 3. Crazy To Exist 4. It’s Kinda Funny 5. The Angle
Side 2: 1. Forever Drone 2. Heart of Song 3. 16 Years 4. Citizens 5. Sorry For Laughing
Side 3: 1. Radio Drill Time 2. Romance 3. Chance Meeting 4. Pictures 5. Final Request
Side 4: 1. The Missionary 2. Heaven Sent 3. Heart of Song 4. Applebush