FLAMING LIPS’ RESTLESS LABEL RECORDINGS REMASTERED AND RELEASED TODAY WITH ‘SEEING THE UNSEEABLE
posted by derek brown - Jun 29, 2018
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by BRANDY MCDONNELL
Published: Fri, June 29, 2018 7:09 PM
The treats keep coming for fans of Oklahoma City-based art rockers The Flaming Lips, who are celebrating their 35th anniversary in 2018.
Rhino Entertainment releases today “Seeing the Unseeable: The Complete Recordings of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990,” a six-CD box set that includes remastered versions of the band's four albums for the indie Restless label — “Hear It Is” (1986), “Oh My Gawd!!!...The Flaming Lips” (1987), “Telepathic Surgery” (1989) and “In a Priest Driven Ambulance (With Silver Sunshine Stares)” (1990) - plus two discs of rarities, including the legendary "Mushroom Tapes" sessions and a collection of tracks from singles, flexis and compilations.
The box set also features sonic treasures such as "Unconsciously Screaming," “One Million Billionth of a Millisecond on a Sunday Morning” and the Lips' cover of "(What A) Wonderful World,” with all the music remastered by producer David Fridmann, with the Lips’ Wayne Coyne and Michael Ivins. Coyne told my excellent colleague Gene Triplett in a recent interview that remastering their old music was a time-consuming process.
“We knew that if we didn't put anything out — that's my biggest dilemma, as well, is putting out another record — if we didn't put anything out, it would allow us a good year or so to make these things and put them out. And so that's why they're all coming out this year. We started to work on it right after (“Oczy”) came out," he told Gene in the interview, which you can read here.
As previously reported, the Grammy-winning experimental rock band, which was founded in Norman in 1983 and signed in 1991 with Warner Bros. Records, released earlier this month “The Flaming Lips Greatest Hits Vol. 1.," a three-disc compilation – a massive 52 tracks - ranging from 1992's “Hit To Death In The Future Head” through last year’s “Oczy Mlody," along with a handful of rare B-sides and previously unreleased material.
In other interesting Flaming Lips news, Rolling Stone listed the lovely band's anthem "Do You Realize??" at No. 57 on its list of "100 Greatest Songs of the Century - So Far".