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Hampton Grease Band - Music to Eat (2LP-SET) - (Peach Vinyl)

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Why would we reissue a record that is reputed to be the second worst-selling release in the history of Columbia Records? (Legend has it that it was undersold only by a yoga instructional album.) Well, because in the 47-some years since its release, the Hampton Grease Band’s Music to Eat has steadily ascended the list of Greatest Cult Records of All Time so that now it resides at the tippety-top. Indeed, modern-day jam bands genuflect at the sight of the trippy cover art alone (Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit was an early ‘90s fixture in the
movement), as the jazz/prog/psych guitar licks of Glenn Phillips and Harold Kelling give such famous duos as Betts/Allman, Verlaine/Lloyd, and Bloomfield/Bishop a run for their money. Add a generous dollop of Pop Art surrealism delivered by Hampton’s Dada-ist, Beefheart-ian roar and you’re left with an album that inhabits a rarefied realm somewhere between Trout Mask Replica, Anthem of the Sun, Hot Rats, Happy Trails, and maybe The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East (particularly because the Hampton Grease Band was also from the South but far, far stranger). But what makes this record even more special is the way it points the way forward as well as back. Yes, you can hear echoes of 
their more famous, improvisationally-minded contemporaries, but the offhand guitar riffs, frenzied instrumental passages, stylistic about-faces, and deadpan vocals bring to mind nothing other than a psychedelicized Minutemen (and David Thomas of Pere Ubu sounds a lot like Col. Bruce). Also, the HGB wasn’t afraid to antagonize audiences, as they barely escaped with their lives after opening for Three Dog Night and Alice Cooper. In short, this isn’t your dad’s psychedelic rock album, nor is it your son’s jam band record. This is music that stands apart from time and style, a true example of Weird America. That’s why original copies command ridiculous sums; and now, Real Gone Music is proud to present the first-ever LP reissue of Music to Eat in a peach vinyl edition limited to 1000 copies, complete with the original astounding gatefold artwork. This record will change you...R.I.P. Bruce Hampton.


  • Hampton Grease Band’s Music to Eat Is Reputedly the 2nd Worst Selling Album in the History of Columbia Records, Topped Only by a Yoga Instructional Record

  • Yet in the 47 Years Since Its 1971 Release, Music to Eat Has Become One of the Most Cherished Cult Classic Albums in All of Rock, Commanding Huge Sums on the Used Market

  • The Reason for That Is That Music to Eat Is Sui Generis, a True Example of Weird America

  • You’ll Hear Echoes of Such Albums as Trout Mask Replica, Anthem of the Sun, Happy Trails, Hot Rats, andThe Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East

  • But the Dadaist Vocal Theatrics of Col. Bruce Hampton and the Jazz/Prog/Psych Twin Guitar Attack of Glenn Phillips and Harold Kelling Put Music to Eat in a Category All Its Own

  • Points the Way Forward to the Early-‘90s Jam Bands and Even Jazz-Inflected Punk Bands like The Minutemen

  • Now, Real Gone Music Is Proud to Present the First-Ever Vinyl Reissue of This Stunning One-Off

  • 2-LP Set Comes Complete with Original, Dazzling Gatefold Jacket Art

  • Peach-Colored Vinyl

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

  • R.I.P. Bruce Hampton