Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Minute to Pray, Six Months to Buy?

The use of a Hand of Glory is an arcane method for freezing someone in their tracks, and this week while in Philadelphia one stopped me in mine. 

I found it browsing the stacks at a.k.a. music: the stark, familiar and strangely reassuring image of a Hand of Glory set against a blood-red background. The cellophane on the thing was still fresh, and a sticker on it identified it as an "Encore" release - meaning it had to be what a lot of us have been waiting for: a new pressing at last of Chris D. and The Flesh Eaters' 1981 classic, A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die

This is the record with with the "all-star" lineup of Chris D., Dave Alvin, John Doe, Bill Bateman, D.J. Bonebrake and Steve Berlin. Eight stacked tracks of dark swamp thump and voodoo thud, all middle-of-the-night screams, fat-snake saxophone groan and skeleton-dance marimba. Goddamn, it's good.

At a.k.a., they told me Encore is a division of Rhino, and that the disc's availability was limited to six months(!). Confirmation of this and all other details related to this release are pending, and a visit to the Rhino website got me nothin'.

We'll let you know when we've got more in the way of details. In the meantime, you might want to stop by your favorite brick-and-mortar or virtual vendor and take yourself CD shopping. 

After all, haven't you been waiting long enough?