THE GEORGE-EDWARDS GROUP
"Chapter III of The George-Edwards Group archives draws from deep in the pockets of their sporadic later embodiment. With their grand 70s dreams of Hollywood stardom fading, Edward Balian and Ray George continued to track their winsome muse, perhaps a bit more aggro and with a bit more dolour than they had back in the 38:38 days. Although late 60s Detroit was the seedbed for The George-Edwards Group, they had more in common with Silver Apples than the Amboy Dukes. Enamoured of keyboard effects and sonic tomfoolery, they developed their sound away from the scene, slowly developing a spacily elegant pop music as the 70s passed by outside their basement lair. Scoring their melancholic melodies with bells, pianos and synthesizer led to something you might almost call ba-roque n roll, or perhaps like demos for Big Stars Third. In 1977, they laid down enough tracks to produce a white-label LP pressing that they dubbed 38:38; however, a trip to the Sunset Strip to drum up record label enthusiasm was a complete bust. However, without that pressing of 100 copies, where would the legend of George-Edwards be? Instead, based on oft-told tales, Galactic Zoo Disks located the music and the band brought this wayward classic to Drag City. 38:38 received a first official release in 2009, to great fanfare. The 21st century discovery of The George-Edwards was also accompanied by a show or two (still in the deep underground, of course), along with, naturally, the recovery of more tapes. The 2011 GZD / DC release, titled Archives, brought to the light a few fuzz- heavy rock cuts and deep synth dirges to add to the ethereal G-E signature. Chapter III throws the vault open once again with flair: The 8th Circus is a magisterial guitar lead couched in synth chirps and swoops, all of which has a distinctive ASW (After Star Wars) vintage to it. The classic George-Edwards murk drifts through several sweet- and-sad songs before the bubblegummy bounce of My Love pops up, followed by the trapped-in-the-funhouse pastiche of Who Stole My Brain?. Side two features a few surging tracks that recall Archives rockers like Shattered Heart, as well as several more ARP-string-laden ballads in the classic 38:38 G-E tradition. All in all, an excellent third trip to the faraway heart of The George-Edwards Group"