HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU'RE A CLUB MEMBER ALREADY? EASY - YOU GET EMAILS FROM ME THAT MENTION THE FACT THAT YOU'RE A CLUB MEMBER. If you get emails via mailchimp, then you're not yet a club member; if you're not a member, and you're buying (or planning to buy) most Fruits de Mer release that comes out, email me today (firstname.lastname@example.org) - there's no financial commitment, just a bit of trust on both sides and an ability to put up with more emails from me than you ever thought possible - 'benefits' include a chance to pre-order new releases before anyone else, competitions to win white label test pressings, the odd freebie/bonus item during the year AND - if you really do buy regularly from me (or from Heyday Mail Order if you're not based in the UK) - a members-only something-or-other at year-end. All that said, if you ARE in, this needed no introduction and you're probably getting bored by now so, in the words of the late, great Vivian Stanshall, "now read on"....
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sorry...here are the first members club nominations for the world's greatest psych, prog, krautrock riffs, with new improved formatting thanks to Till Wolff that means you might even be able to watch them without the page crashing, so let's start with three suggestions from Till himself - Man, Captain Beyond and Eloy
Henry Schneider was fast out of the blocks suggesting Quicksilver Messenger Service, Stephen Young dug up The excellent Groundhogs, while Nigel Kingston was solid Gonn...
Dale Everrett volunteered a classic Kinks song, George Florakis delved back into the Clapton archives, while Zil Bareisis went for early Jimmy Page
Theo Hassenewert went for The Gods, Simon Clarke was (I think) the only person to suggest the classic Wishbone Ash song, but Tull's 'Acqualung' was more popular - in fact, three members selected the same live version!
Les Chase came up a strange one from Quiet World, a classic from Gun and a track by ZZ top that has a certain appeal...
Hard to argue with Chris Purdon's nomination of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, while Andrew Young came up with Stillwater and john Milner with the might Bevis Frond
Nice Horslips track selected by Andy Butler, Dave Smith goes all 21st century with Porcupine Tree and Mark Winkelmann digs out a rocker from the secretly-rather excellent Sweet!
Colin McCready came up the 13th Floor Elevator, Craig Palmer put on his trusty Mac, but then began to Stray...
I've posted more on facebook - on the Fruits de Mer Records page ( https://www.facebook.com/Fruits-de-Mer-Records-113103324869/ ) and on the facebook group i look after ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/psych.prog.acidfolk.krautrock.vinyl/ )
NO RIFF RAFF
There's a new members club competition running, where I'm looking for psychedelic. progressive rock or krautrock guitar riffs that are better than the 'World's Greastest Guitar Riffs' 3CD compilation I picked up cheaply the other day (a comp that could and should have been brilliant - but clearly wasn't going to be at the 'bargain price' of £3!)
The competition has been running for about 30 mins and I've already had one terrific entry featuring a 60s US band i'd never heard of...watch this space
ENDLESS UK CLUB MEMBERS SPECIAL EDITION LUCKY DRAW
Far more UK club members have registered an interest in the crazy special edition than I have copies available for sale, so over Easter weekend Liz and I will be drawing the first names out of the hat - sadly, if you don't hear from us, your name is still in the hat
YET ANOTHER FdM CLUB EXCLUSIVE
Tim from Cranium Pie found 100 more copies of the original 'Geometry of Thistles' CD and I had to do something with them, so.....ladies and gentlemen, i bring you the fake Korean edition. OK, so the joke might be wearing a bit thin, so this WILL be the last fake edition ever and there'll only be 100 of them, complete with irrelevent mock OBI strip; they'll be aavailable exclusively to club members who buy all our 'official' August releases (whatever they may be); there'll have to be some sort of (un)lucky draw for these - great album, though
NOT TO MENTION SOMETHING IN MAY FOR CLUB MEMBERS...
...OK, I will mention it - it's for club members who order all the May releases - and do it nice and early (PLEASE - NOT YET!) - an exclusive CD festuring a new track or two from my favourite band from the Phillipines (and yours I hope, if you managed to get a copy of last year's summer festival lathe-cut); more details in the next week or two
WILL I NEVER LEARN?
The monumental folly that is The Chemistry Set's 'Endless More And More' special edition continues to come together; I'm sorry that international club members won't be able to get hold of the complete package, but i really don't think it would cope with the strains of international mailings
Club members who got their orders in very quickly for the April singles will be getting a bonus CD - a re-press of Cranium Pie's first album - 'A Geometry of Thistles' - lovingly (and cheaply) recreated by FdM with a vague Eastern slant - our fake Japanese edition, if you will
check out earlier members club missives at www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/membersclubrecentarchive.html
earlier members club missives at www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/membersclubarchive.html
and even older ones at www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/membersclubancientarchive.html
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