Friday, March 25, 2011

Aztec Camera Gets Another Compilation

To celebrate this week's release of Aztec Camera's double-disc import compilation 'Walk Out to Winter,' I thought it would be fun to pull out some old vinyl from the band that won't appear on this best-of collection. I'm a big fan of Roddy Frame, but there is no doubt his best moment was 'High Land, Hard Rain.' The following songs are taken from that prolific time period. All of these can be found on the long out-of-print "Oblivious" maxi-single, released in 1984, or at the following places. As for the new best-of collection, artwork aside this is a big step up from the 1999 import 'The Best of Aztec Camera.' If you don't own the band's six studio albums, this is a must buy.

This is producer Ted Templeman's March 1984 version. It sounds an awful lot like the version we all know.
Aztec Camera - Oblivious (Remix) (mp3)

This appeared in Feb. 1983 on the B-side of the English version of the "Oblivious" single. It was recorded during the 'High Land, Hard Rain' sessions in Aug. 1982.
Aztec Camera - Orchid Girl (mp3)

Released in Oct. 1982, "Pillar to Post" was the first UK single from 'High Land, Hard Rain.' This was the B-side.
Aztec Camera - Queen's Tattoos (mp3)

This was a bonus track of the English 12-inch pressing of "Oblivious."
Aztec Camera - Haywire (mp3)

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