U.S. Maple Long Hair In Three Stages on LP
American avant-garde rock band U.S. Maple was formed in 1995 at Chicago's Northern Illinois University by former members of Snailboy aka Shorty & The Mercury Players. The band consisted of Al Johnson, Mark Shippy, Pat Samson and Todd Rittman, who banded together with the intent of becoming the deconstructionists of rock & roll. U.S. Maple's hard rocking 1995 debut album, Long Hair In Three Stages, is stock full of disjointed machinations, poppy locksteps, and jarring sideways excursions that all lead down a path to Nowheresville. The classic rock of tomorrow recorded yesterday, in this case by Jim O'Rourke!
"Our first full-length album, Long Hair In Three Stages was recorded late 1995 with Jim O'Rourke at Solid Sound Studios in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. This was Jim's first legitimate recording session with a Rock and Roll band. Today, he is an esteemed and highly sought after producer for many bands. The recording was released on both CD and vinyl formats, with the vinyl containing a bonus track...Today, the vinyl version is a rare, collector's item fetching ridiculous prices. Approximately 1000 vinyl copies were made." - U.S. Maple
"This is actually the first time Long Hair In Three Stages will be available with a standard "printed" LP jacket. The original pressing of 1000 copies from 1995 was packaged entirely in handmade individually polished aluminum sleeves in flat black jackets. The entire run sold out within the first month of its release, so now that another 210 months or so have passed and it's selling for tidy sums around the world, we can safely assume we won't be getting any returns from distributors - so the think-tank here at Skin Graft has determined that we can safely go back to press.
"For the reissue, it was important to offer an affordable LP since prices have been high for so long, but it also seemed like a great opportunity to revisit the sheet metal shop where the original sleeves were fabricated 18 years ago. Collectors, no worries. These will be different and immediately discernible from the from the original run. All LPs will include the vinyl only bonus track "Found A Place To Have My Kittens" and include a standard "printed" jacket...The final qty of all editions in total made for sale will not exceed 666, so these will be less common than the originals." - Skin Graft Records
U.S. Maple Long Hair In Three Stages Track Listing:
1. Hey King
2. Letter To ZZ Top
4. Magic Job
5. The State Is Bad
7. You Know What Will... Get You You Know Where
8. When A Man Says "Ow"
10. Lady To Bing
11. Found A Place To Have My Kittens