NEW RACE

New Race
Title: The First and the Last  -  Company: WEA/Trafalgar (Aust)
Cat No: (768120)  -  Format: 12" lp / cass  -  Rel: Sept 1982  -  Status: Deleted

 

This album documents a remarkable tour which took place in Australia in 1981, and witnessed the merging of elements of the MC5, Stooges, and Radio Birdman into a single project oriented "supergroup". Unlike many, this supergroup project was successful, yielding live performances of immense power.
The original lead vocals are great being raw and spontaneous. They can be heard on the Revenge New Race reissues. The fact that Rob insisted on redoing his vocals upset Deniz who liked the live version. To add insult to injury, the overdub process erased Deniz' original backing vocals. They then had to be reproduced by Clyde Bramley (who did a faithful rendering of them), Deniz being out of the country.

 

Track Listing:

Side 1:
Crying Sun ( W Gilbert / D Tek ) (3:04 m:s)
Haunted Road ( D Tek ) (3:44 m:s)
Sad TV ( D Tek ) (4:07 m:s)
Breaks My Heart ( D Tek ) (3:10 m:s)
Looking At You ( MC5 ) (7:12 m:s)
Side 2:
November 22, 1963 ( Asheton / Niagara ) (5:06 m:s)
Alone In The Endzone ( D Tek ) (2:03 m:s)
Love Kills ( D Tek ) (3:50 m:s)
Gotta Keep Movin' ( D Thompson ) (3:18 m:s)
Columbia ( New Race ) (4:48 m:s)

 

 

The Musicians:

Rob Younger - Vocals

Deniz Tek - Guitar & Backing Vocals

Ron Asheton - Guitar

Warwick Gilbert - Bass
Dennis Thompson - Drums & Backing Vocals 
Chris Masuak - Guitar on tracks 5 & 10

Clyde Bramley - Backing Vocals on tracks 1, 2 & 10
 

Technical Details:

Produced by Charles Fisher, Rob Younger and Alan Thorne

Engineered by Alan Thorne

Recorded live at Selinas, Sgt Peppers, Manly Vale Hotel & Crystal Ballroom

Mixed at Trafalgar Studios

Lead vocal overdubs recorded at Trafalgar Studios

 

Other Releases

Line Records (Germany)  (6.25446ap)  12" lp  1983   Deleted

Statik/Polarvox Oy (UK/Finland)  (btd-906) 12" lp  1983   Deleted

Reissues

Big Time (Australia)  (btb-907)  12" lp   June 1984  Deleted

WEA (Australia) *  (wea255960.1)  12" lp   Dec  1988   Deleted
WEA/Trafalgar (Aust.)  (wea255960.1)  12" lp   April 1989  Deleted
WEA/Trafalgar (Aust.)  (wea229255960.2)  cd  Sept 1992  Deleted
Total Energy (USA)   (ner3013)  cd  Nov  1997  Deleted

* this release was included in the Under The Ashes boxed set
 

To read more about the 1997 reissue on Total Energy Records, click here.

New Race

Title: Crying Sun  -  Company: Citadel (Australia)  -  Cat No: (cit 002)
Format: 7" single  -  Released: April 1983  -  Status: Deleted

 

Rob Younger, an avid singles collector, had complained bitterly to Trafalgar that it was insulting that there was no single released from The First and the Last by WEA. Trafalgar licensed the rights to Citadel to shut him up!

 

 

Track Listing:
A-side: Crying Sun ( D Tek / W Gilbert )
B-side: Gotta Keep Movin' ( D Thompson )

 

The Musicians:
Rob Younger - Vocals

Deniz Tek - Guitar & Backing Vocals

Ron Asheton - Guitar

Warwick Gilbert - Bass

Dennis Thompson - Drums & Backing Vocals 
Clyde Bramley - Backing Vocals on Crying Sun

 

Technical Details:
Produced by Charles Fisher, Rob Younger and Alan Thorne

Engineered by Alan Thorne

Mixed at Trafalgar Studios

Lead vocal overdubs recorded at Trafalgar Studios

 

Of Interest:
Ron Asheton plays the solos on Crying Sun, While Deniz

plays the solos on the MC5's Gotta Keep Movin',

highlighting the dual guitar interchange that was a hallmark

of the New Race shows.

 

Of interest to other avid singles collectors, the second

pressing of this single was done in different colors because

Rob Younger didn't like the pinkish tone on the front cover of

the first pressing which was supposed to be blood red. 

The first pressing came with a folded black and white poster

inside, the second pressing did not.

New Race
Title: Hail Columbia  -  Company: Revenge (France)  -  Cat No: ss4-w/m106
Format: 7" single  -  Released: 1989  -  Status: Deleted

 

This Revenge single was meant to complement their two-volume album set of New Race rough mixes obtained via Ron Asheton. The picture sleeve of this rare single is worth the price alone, depicting Soviet Red Army soldiers in full chemical gear against a background of flames and rockets.
This performance of Descent appears on the WEA Soldiers of Rock and Roll album but is a different mix. It is not found on any other New Race records.

 

Track Listing:

A-side: Hail Columbia ( New Race ) (3:58 m:s)
B-side: Descent Into the Maelstrom ( D Tek ) (4:37 m:s)

 

The Musicians:

Rob Younger - Vocals

Deniz Tek - Guitar

Ron Asheton - Guitar

Warwick Gilbert - Bass

Dennis Thompson - Drums, Vocals

Chris Masuak - Guitar on Hail Columbia

 

Technical Details:

From a rough, unmixed dub of 24 track mobile studio tape.

Recorded live during the New Race Australian tour, 1981.

New Race

Title: First To Pay  -  Company: Revenge (France)  -  Cat No: wm118/mig9

Format: 12" lp / cd - Released: 1989  -  Status: Deleted

 

The First To Pay appeared in 1989 as the first of a two album sequential set of French New Race releases. Revenge Records, mining a mother lode of Stooges/Sonics Rendezvous material by making the rounds of musicians in Detroit and Ann Arbor, came upon a set of cassettes which had been dubbed from unmixed 24 track master tapes, recorded during the New Race Australian tour in 1981.
These cassette copies of the master tapes, from which the "official" First & Last album was culled, were in the possession of Ron Asheton. Ron, who felt that the band had never been adequately compensated by the tour or official record release, was happy to release the tapes to Revenge. Hence the irony and triple entendre of the title.

 

Track Listing:

Smith and Wesson Blues ( D Tek ) (3:05 m:s)
Haunted Road ( D Tek ) (3:17 m:s)
Living World ( D Tek ) (3:10 m:s)
Loose ( The Stooges ) (3:06 m:s)
TV Eye ( The Stooges ) (4:32 m:s)
Love Kills ( D Tek ) (3:42 m:s)
November 22, 1963 ( Asheton / Niagara ) (4:52 m:s)
455 S.D ( D Tek ) (2:34 m:s)
Alone In The Endzone ( D Tek ) (2:05 m:s)
Looking At You ( MC5 ) (4:22 m:s)
New Race ( D Tek ) (4:37 m:s)
Columbia ( New Race ) (4:33 m:s)
These last two tracks are found on the CD only

 

The Musicians:

Rob Younger - Vocals  /  Deniz Tek - Guitar  /  Ron Asheton - Guitar  /  Warwick Gilbert - Bass
Dennis Thompson - Drums, Vocals  /  Chris Masuak - Guitar on tracks 11 & 12

 

Technical Details:

From a cassette of unmixed mobile 24 track masters  /  Recorded live at Sgt Peppers & Manly Vale Hotel, April/May 1981  /  Produced by Charles Fisher  / Compiled by Bernard Masanes

 

Of Interest:

The release of the tapes to make this album was hailed by some, since the original raw vocals are preserved and are considered by many to be compelling in their intensity. These had been overdubbed on the "official" First and Last album. Others, notably Rob Younger, condemned the release as he was not consulted and regards the release and his own performance as inferior. Michael McMartin from Trafalgar, understandably views this as a bootleg.

The album and CD feature great movie poster style cover art and the CD has a wonderful book of live photos in the inner sleeve. Both feature a long interview with Ron Asheton about New Race.

New Race

Title: The Second Wave  -  Company: Revenge (Fr)  -  Cat No: wm332/mig29

Format: 12" lp / cd  -  Released: 1990  -  Status: Deleted

 

This is the second release of the New Race double set. For more details on the ill will surrounding its release consult the First To Pay discography page.
This album contains many performances not available elsewhere. Another wonderful album sleeve from the Revenge art department continues the tradition of famous Hollywood actors pinned down on a beach under heavy fire. Robert Mitchum features on this one.

 

Track Listing:

Burn My Eye ( D Tek ) (1:36 m:s)
Alone In The Endzone ( D Tek ) (2:02 m:s)
Man With The Golden Helmet ( D Tek / S Kambly ) (5:18 m:s)
Breaks My Heart ( D Tek ) (3:14 m:s)
Gotta Keep Movin' (D Thompson ) (3:16 m:s)
Crying Sun ( W Gilbert / D Tek ) (2:54 m:s)
Sad TV ( D Tek ) (5:04 m:s)
Loose ( R Asheton / J Osterberg ) (3:25 m:s)
TV Eye ( R Asheton / J Osterberg ) (4:55 m:s)
New Race ( D Tek ) (5:17 m:s)

 

The Musicians:

Rob Younger - Vocals

Deniz Tek - Guitar & Backing Vocals

Warwick Gilbert - Bass

Ron Asheton - Guitar

Dennis Thompson - Drums & Backing Vocals

Chris Masuak - Guitar on New Race

 

Technical Details:

From a cassette of unmixed mobile 24 track masters  /  Recorded live at Sgt Peppers & Manly Vale Hotel, April/May 1981  /  Produced by Charles Fisher  / Compiled by Bernard Masanes