imagePost-punk blues trio SCREAMING BLUE MESSIAHS have their original albums included in a new box set, due for release on 2 September. One of the greatest of lost bands their incendiary show was one of the finest rock n roll shows – like Dr. Feel good on speed and featured great musicianship and a really tough playing that was mesmerizing. This box set is recommend to any lover of tough guitar music.

Formed out of the ashes of Feelgood- and Beefheart-influenced London pub rockers MOTOR BOYS MOTOR, the band released their Vic Maile-produced debut mini-album Good And Gone through Big Beat Records in 1984, before signing to WEA for the full-length Gun-Shy in 1986.

Touring the world, including several dates with THE CRAMPS, the band – guitarist/vocalist Bill Carter, bassist Chris Thompson and drummer Kenny Harris – released their second full-length album Bikini Red – featuring Top 30 single ‘I Wanna Be A Flintstone’ in 1987. That year, no less a figure than DAVID BOWIE proclaimed them his favourite current band, inviting them to play two stadium dates – Cardiff Arms Park and Sunderland Roker Park – on his Glass Spider tour.

Switching to Elektra for 1989’s Totally Religious – recorded in Miami, Maryland and London – a falling-out with the label caused the album to be withdrawn, and the band split the following year, playing their final show at London’s Subterrania venue in June 1990. Their major label catalogue has long since been unavailable.

Compiled by Easy Action Records with the full co-operation of all three band members, across five CDs Vision In Blues includes all four of their original releases, plus a fully audio-repaired and re-mastered set from Zurich in December ’89. The set is bolstered by numerous bonus tracks, including five from a show at London’s ULU, and topped off with a 7” single featuring of ‘Vision In Blues’ c/w ‘Let’s Go Down To The Woods’/ ‘Good And Gone’.

Easy Action is also issuing a full-length version of the Good And Gone album on limited edition coloured vinyl.

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