Jeffrey Morgan with Dean Motter. Historic Recordings Finally Released!
Jul. 25th, 2011
We are very proud to announce the digital pre-release of Jeffrey Morgan with Dean Motter, "Thrilling Women, The Lost Air Pirates Sessions, Toronto 1977-1980"
Preview the tracks here:
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See the players (Paul Robinson from The Diodes, Toby Swann from The Battered Wives, Andy Haas from Martha & The Muffins, etc) and album art here:
Read the incredible story behind this historic project.
THRILLING WOMEN: THE LOST AIR PIRATES SESSIONS
One of the great musical discoveries of this or any other year, Thrilling Women: The Lost Air Pirates Sessions is an incredible art rock concept album by Jeffrey Morgan (the authorized biographer of both Alice Cooper and The Stooges) and Dean Motter (the creator of the influential Mister X comic book) that was begun in the mid ’70s; abandoned in the mid ’80s; and thought to be lost forever—until now.
In 1975, at the personal invitation of legendary rock critic Lester Bangs, Jeffrey Morgan became the de facto Canadian Editor of CREEM: America’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll Magazine. It was during this time that he first met conceptual illustrator and award-winning graphic designer Dean Motter, with whom he would collaborate on a number of projects. Between 1977 and 1980, they recorded what they described as “an ambient, electronic, avant-garde, progressive art rock concept album” called Thrilling Women under the collective band name of the Air Pirates.
In addition to featuring Morgan and Motter on synthesizers and vocals, Thrilling Women also featured over a dozen additional guest musicians, including vocalist Paul Robinson of The Diodes; guitarist Toby Swann of The Battered Wives; and saxophonist Andy Haas of Martha And The Muffins.
Shortly thereafter, all of the album’s master tapes were inadvertantly destroyed in a construction accident—or so it seemed. Over a quarter of a century later, a heretofore unknown cache of session tapes was discovered and subsequently digitally restored to create the album that Bongo Beat Records is now proud to present.
With the release of Thrilling Women, the history books will have to be rewitten to include this vital document of one of the most exciting musical eras ever known to man; a time when records by the likes of Roxy Music, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Kraftwerk and Eno were rapidly redefining the boundaries of modern music.
In 2002, a song from the album, “A Darkened Stretch,” was released by Bongo Beat Records on the compilation album Driving In The Rain: 3AM (Songs To Get Lost With). We are proud to now present the entire album that track came from, and we are equally confident that once you hear Thrilling Women, you’ll agree with us that some things are worth waiting for—especially this album that’s been 35 years in the making.