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Josef K \ Sorry For Laughing [LTMLP 2549]

LTM presents the first ever vinyl release of Sorry For Laughing, the legendary first album by cult Scottish guitar group Josef K, recorded for Postcard Records but destined to become perhaps the greatest 'lost album' of the post-punk era.

Recorded at Edinburgh studio Castle Sound 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 high prices to collectors. Josef K issued their second pass at a debut album, The Only Fun In Town, in July 1981, only to split after completing a promotional tour.

This remastered vinyl-only edition 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 first tentative recording sessions in 1979.

Tracklist:

A1 Fun 'n' Frenzy
A2 Heads Watch
A3 Drone
A4 Sense Of Guilt
A5 Art Of Things
A6 Crazy To Exist
B1 Citizens
B2 Variation Of Scene
B3 Terry's Show Lies
B4 No Glory
B5 Endless Soul
B6 Sorry For Laughing

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)

Available from LTM at £15.00 per copy plus postage.

Sorry For Laughing [LTMLP 2549]

Reviews:

"Nervy, echoing, ecstatic - like a panic attack in a golden underpass. Heard now, on this vinyl-only remaster, the album sounds astonishngly wired, its short, sharp guitar attacks imbued with beauty and threat. An essential document of post-punk fire" (Mojo, 01/2013)

"Ageless anthems for doomed youth. Actually it's more listenable than The Only Fun, with Haig's existential croon mixed higher and free rein given to the angular violence of Ross' guitar" (Uncut, 02/2013)

"There is an urgent, constant motion in the music, dystopian disco rhythms and melodic basslines, and for a while it seemed that this could be a blueprint for a new kind of art pop. Endless Soul is magnificent. Here the guitars carve out a dramatic space over an ebullient bass and drums groove, before they accelerate together into an exhilating bridge" (The Wire, 04/2013)

"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)

"A moment that didn't last long, but they were terrific. I liked Sorry For Laughing more than the official release" (Jon Savage)

"Cracking package, and a lost album no more" (Flipside, 02/2013)