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Bruce Haack

The Preservation Tapes (Lp)

Label: Telephone Explosion

Format: LP

Genre: Library/Soundtracks

In stock


Known by a select few as one of Canada's most intriguing cult artists, Bruce Haack always strived for mainstream acceptance. But Haack's true ambition may have been fully realized when it was discovered that he left behind a whopping 213 reels of recordings after his death in 1988. Preservation Tapes confusingly collects just ten of these tracks, with the majority coming from a session recorded for American Christian label, Sparrow Records, during his creative peak in the early '70s. In 2016, after reissuing two Bruce Haack albums, Haackula and Electric Lucifer Book II, Telephone Explosion began speaking with Ted Pandel (Bruce's lifelong friend and business partner) about working on the 1970 masterpiece The Electric Lucifer. It turned out there was another matter that he wanted to discuss: finding a final resting place for the Bruce Haack archive. We were shown test-pressings of The Electric Lucifer board mixes from his Columbia studio sessions, countless pieces of written music, a large number of personal photos, an invitation from Raymond Scott inviting Bruce to play his newly created Electronium instrument (now owned by Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh), poems, press clippings, and, most importantly, a heavy-duty shelf containing 213 reel-to-reel tapes.

All of the chosen material on The Preservation Tapes is unreleased, has only been heard by a handful of people and showcases a relatively unknown period in Bruce's musical career where Bruce was recording for Sparrow Records (who billed themselves as 'America's best Christian music record label'). Bruce's signature Farad vocoder continues to feature prominently, but the lyrical content is decidedly more religious. The Bruce Haack archive is now resting in the Provincial Archives of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Cat. number: TER 050LP
Year: 2018
Come with a glossy, full colour 12-page booklet with historical info and photos. "We ask that you enjoy each side as a singular piece of music and embrace the analog artifacts as part of the experience." "This album is dedicated to Ted Pandel and the Pandel family, Chris Kachulis, Esther Nelson, Philip Anagnos, Peter Price and anyone else who has supported the genius of Bruce Haack over the years." All music & images licensed by Ted Pandel. All track are previously unreleased. Tape Digitalization made at George Blood. Special thanks to Bradon Cannon & Jesse Locke. The releasing label is just listed as "Telephone Explosion" on labels and back cover.