It didn’t take much: Gerald “Jazzman” Short signed a mysterious UK-based duo based on their brooding, beat-heavy, difficult-to-categorize demo, conveyed his signings love of Galt MacDermot, David Axelrod and Ennio Morricone’s 60s and 70s masterpieces to Now-Again’s Egon, and the duo hatched a plan for an expanded North American issue of what had already been hailed as a fine release in keeping with the best “library music” issues of the same era. By “library music,” we’re referring, of course, to the production library albums from cult labels like KPM, Dewolfe, Southern, Peer and other imprints whose sole purpose seemed to be supplying talented musicians with a blank disc which they could then inscribe with sounds of their liking.
It’s taken well over a year, in which time the NYB’s album has gone out of print as Jazzman’s limited run was never repressed. This double 10″ version comes expanded with three bonus tracks never before issued and comes packaged in a gatefold, thick cardboard “paste-on” silver foil jacket. This North American version is also limited to 1,000 pieces – once they’re gone, they’re gone.
The Natural Yogurt Band will release their sophomore album on Jazzman and Now-Again in 2010.