“In 1992, Michael Knott’s band L.S. Underground released their rock opera The Grape Prophet. It tells the story of Ellis, an orange picker who is sent by his boss Col. Peckesen to rescue his fellow pickers from the clutches of the Grape Prophet, who has lured them away. Both sonically and lyrically, the album was a revelation, and has remained a favorite of fans and critics ever since.
Originally released on CD and cassette by Knott’s own Blonde Vinyl Records, the album has been out of print for over 25 years. We plan to remedy that! We are working with Adam Boose to remaster the album for vinyl and digital (He’s worked with some of our favorite artists, including Guided By Voices, Joy Electric, CUSH and Brandston). Michael Knott and Rick McDonough are also going into the studio to record brand-new acoustic renditions of two of the tracks: “Ellis in the Orchard” and “She Said”!”
See the Kickstarter page for reward levels and details!
For those that missed the Kickstarter, you can pre-order a copy of the CD re-master of Wakin’ Up the Dead now from Retroactive Records:
“Some albums are great for their time. Then there are other albums so important they have the ability to transcend generations and decades. When Wakin’ Up the Dead was originally released on cassette in 1989 by the fledgling Blonde Vinyl Records, authentic, faith-filled driving alternative rock with lively bass and buzzsaw guitars was a rare find. Post-punk rockers and fringe kids were yearning for more than a distraction to their pain. They wanted and needed something real. Many songs from this album became sustaining anthems of hope for a broken world: The Bomb, Ocean Blue, House of Love, and Wakin’ Up the Dead remain important songs for a hurting world. The album emits an almost hypnotic beat resulting in a mesmerizing rock masterpiece with strong spiritual overtones. The music and the message of Wakin’ Up the Dead are essential companions on this journey we call life. The 2019 Retroactive Records (Legends Remastered version) has been remastered by none other than J Powell at Steinhaus so the album has literally never sounded better than it does now, and it’s packaged in a jewel case with a 12 page booklet with lyrics, band pics and all the stuff serious fans and collectors want! Breathe deeply, smile and prepare to experience this classic for the very first time, again!”
Also, for those interested in getting the vinyl version, those will be sold once the Kickstarter orders are filled. Stay tuned for details on that.
This is not a drill! “By popular demand, people want Michael Knott’s back catalog on vinyl! Our goal is to make that happen! This will be a trial run for us, if it goes well look for more albums to be reissued on vinyl and CD! We will begin with the 1989 classic L.S.U. album Wakin’ Up The Dead! Waking’ Up The Dead is the album that launched the Blonde Vinyl ship into the ragging sea, cutting the way for all relevant Christian Alternative record labels that followed. This Post-Punk masterpiece will be remastered by J.Powell at Steinhaus Mastering – he has recently worked on the Daniel Amos reissues/remasters as well as the Retroactive Records releases of Lifesavers Heaven High and L.S.Underground’s PTSD albums.
Wakin’ Up The Dead will be pressed on random colored vinyl, so each record is unique, no two will be alike. The packaging will be a double gatefold cover with a brand new painting by Michael for the cover!
Why do a new painting? Well the original paintings were not able to be located and blowing up the old cassette and CD art up to 12″ vinyl size will not look very good. On the plus, one lucky person will get the painting as a pledge option!
We will also be pressing high quality replicated CD’s! Not CDR’s this time!
Digital release will also be available!
STRETCH GOAL! STRETCH GOAL! STRETCH GOAL!
If we surpass our goal by $5,000, Michael Knott and Joshua Lory will collaborate once again to record a brand new full length record! Everyone who backs the Wakin’ Up The Dead rerelease will get a copy on CD as well as a digital download of the new album upon completion! Backers will receive the album before it goes to the general public!”
See the Kickstarter Page to help out!
Have you been looking for a copy of Aunt Betty’s Ford Supersonic, and/or some rare Aunt Bettys songs? Head over to the Blonde Vinyl BandCamp and check out the deluxe edition of Ford Supersonic. Included on this edition are rare tracks like “Junkie”, demo songs like “Kill Me,” and Aunt Bettys versions of Knott songs like “Crash and Burn.” There is even a re-working of the Fluffy song “Guitars, Guns, and Girls.” While you are there, you can also get copies of Things I’ve Done, Things to Come or Live in Nashvegas as well.
“Rewind Episode 28 features music from L.S.U. (a.k.a. Life Savers Underground), one of many Michael Knott band names. The show uses footage from a Knott in-studio interview by Rewind host, Brian Healy. It is timed perfectly with the digital release of 3 L.S.U. albums, originally on Blonde Vinyl and Siren Records. Knott spontaneously writes and plays songs and relates colorful stories, including an experience with late pastor, Chuck Smith.””
See frontlinerecords.us/frontline-records-rewind-podcast-episode-28/ to listen to the interview.
A new Bandcamp page has been created to collect all of Michael Knott’s Bandcamp releases. A kind of “Michael Knott Collective”: http://knott.bandcamp.com/. Recent additions include L.S.U.’s hard to find Losing Angel indie release and Bomb Bay Babies Volume 1. Keep an eye out for more releases to be added in the future.
Good news for fans that haven’t been willing or able to fork out big ebay price tags: The ultra rare Lifesavors single “You and Me” is now available for streaming or digital purchase on the band’s BandCamp page. This is probably the earliest release that featured Knott’s songwriting. You can also snag a digital copy of the classic Poplife album if you are still missing it. BandCamp is bringing us some good things, so let’s see what else comes through in the future.
L.S. Underground’s PTSD (Legacy Edition) is out now on Retroactive Records and available at Amazon! Re-Mastered by J.Powell Steinhaus Mastering with new packaging. L.S.Underground includes Joshua Lory (Lifesavers), Brian Doidge, Jim Chaffin (the Crucified, the Blamed), and Casey Prestwood (Hot Rod Circuit). It has been in Knott’s heart to create an album that would bring awareness to the overwhelming difficulties that U.S. and allied troops encounter upon returning from combat, especially Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 10% percentage of the sales of this crucial release will go PTSD awareness. Packaged in a four panel digipak, this 2012 Retroactive Records release has been digitally mastered by J Powell of Steinhaus for maximum sound capacity. For fans of the heavy, dark, aggressive rock bands like Tool, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Public Image Ltd.
If you remember way back in 2006 Michael Knot released a cover of some of his favorite verses from the legendary song “Hallelujah” originally written by L. Cohen. Knott’s version was recorded, performed and produced with Rick McDonough and previously only available on MySpace. Well, now you can download it in any format you like through BandCamp for free. Snag it now while you can!
The classic 1992 solo debut from Michael Knott has been remastered by J. Powell (Cliffy) and re-issued as a digital download on BandCamp. You can also purchase the hard to find All Indie EP from this page.
See this page: http://michaelknott.bandcamp.com/album/screaming-brittle-siren