Richard Youngs & Simon Wickham-Smith 20 Years LP + 3CD

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Richard Youngs & Simon Wickham-Smith 20 Years LP + 3CD

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"20 Years" is a celebration of 20 years of music from Richard and Simon, featuring 4 previously unreleased albums. The set includes an all new LP, "20 Years," that is the first new vinyl from R!!! and S!!! in almost 15 years. The other three projects presented here on CD were all completed and intended for release by the duo during their prolific 1990's, but fell by the wayside for various reasons.

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"20 Years" is a celebration of 20 years of music from Richard and Simon, featuring 4 previously unreleased albums. The set includes an all new LP, "20 Years," that is the first new vinyl from R!!! and S!!! in almost 15 years. The other three projects presented here on CD were all completed and intended for release by the duo during their prolific 1990's, but fell by the wayside for various reasons.

"20 Years" is a newly recorded LP, and is one of the heaviest, most uncompromising records of Richard and Simon's long career. The record consists of 8 electro-acoustic reworkings of their first (unreleased) recording from 1987, and is a blistering set of tracks as wild and weird as anything they've ever recorded.

"SMIRR" consists of 4 epic instrumentals in the vein of classics such as "LAKE" and "Asthma and Diabetes," flowing with extended grandeur, mixing drone and eccentric instrumentation in the duo's immediately identifiable style.

"Songphase" is a record of 10 simple, lovely tunes - a reminder of the duo's considerable "trad" songwriting and performing prowess. While Richard has worked some in this style in his solo efforts, hearing Simon match him song for song is a revelation. "Dream Song" is among Richard's most moving pieces ever.

Finally, "LIVE!!!" is a head-scratcher of a live album, recorded live in-studio in full on Dada-ist style. Features extended clavinet mania, Casio jams, and plenty of outre' expression.

The set is packaged in a gatefold jacket with essays by David Keenan, Neil Campbell, Marc Masters, and Jon Dale. The CD's are housed in a custom-bindered insert in the pocket opposite the LP, with each CD held snug in its own die cut pocket. Audiophile LP cut by John Golden, pressed at RTI. Includes a 16 page booklet with a 3,000+ word interview with Richard and Simon.

"For me this is not heavy-handed 'art as a way of life' - it's art and life. Not 'art is life', or 'life as art', but living, with humility and humour"- Jon Dale

"Magnificent and ridiculous" - Neil Campbell

"In its own way, 20 Years is a testament to another form of resistance, one that is polite, well-behaved, English-eccentric but still as bloody-minded, anti-corporate and determinedly individual as the most radical punk rock." - David Keenan

"Call 20 Years a film shot on wax, a book printed on plastic, an uncontainable career folded inside a hairless gate. I think you better turn off your cell-phone-addled brain and clamp your fists to your chair for this one." - Marc Masters