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ghosts: the fabled lost album (maryjane)


Between 1989 and 1993 The Ghosts recorded a vast number of songs (the group themselves would hesitate to dub these sketches demos) on a living room installed Teac 4-Track which subsequently never saw the light of day. The majority of those recordings were entirely spontaneous and fueled by a seemingly endless diet of alcohol and and various illicitly obtained nefarious substances. A few of these songs – the best, though by no means the vaguest – proved eerily prophetic.

The words \’ether\’ and \’happenstance\’ were increasingly employed with banal regularity, even as those more detailed aural pictures revealed themselves in unfolding events. The spectre of laughter seemed never far from present – like something faintly glimpsed over one\’s shoulder – but whether that might prove even tenuously rooted in the benign or malevolent was anyone\’s guess. It came and went like a sprite and avoided definition. A pillow of moss ; a sliver of tears ; a broken pocket watch.

There was, in any event, a definitive group of five persons involved. Sometimes just three. Frequently a pair. As time went by, the most naked of those sketches, quite possibly, were fathered by only two. They felt themselves to be diviners of curiosity rather than serious musicians. And then they just grew tired.

The following \’snapshots\’ are Begg & MacDonald compositions, if they can truly be coined as such. Only take them with a pinch of salt if you can locate nothing stronger.

THE GHOSTS: NEW BAPTIST (DUST BOWL) from \”The Lost Album\” Teac Demos (Maryjane) 1992 (UK) THE GHOSTS: SISTER LINO from \”Hitler\’s Watercolours: 56 Gower Street (1989-1993)\” Teac Demos (Maryjane) 1992 (UK) THE GHOSTS: PONY NOSE from \”Hitler\’s Watercolours: 56 Gower Street (1989-1993)\” Teac Demos (Maryjane) 1992 (UK) THE GHOSTS: UNICYCLE from \”Hitler\’s Watercolours: 56 Gower Street (1989-1993)\” Teac Demos (Maryjane) 1993 (UK)

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