VINCENT, SONNY- Primitive: 1969-76 Diamond Distance & Liquid Fury LP
On this archival LP, you’re treated to three previously unreleased Distance studio tracks from 1969-71, along with a 1972 radio advertisement for a FURY show at Greenwich High School, as well as both FURY tracks from HZR-125 remastered, plus the alternate version of “Flying.” Possibly the best intersection of The Stooges, Budgie, and Black Sabbath we’ve ever heard. The second side kicks off with three Liquid Diamonds tracks, both 1973 tracks from HZR-155 remastered here, as well as a sizzling previously unreleased studio demo from 1974, right when the band was starting to lean into Testors territory. Speaking of which, the latest recording on the LP is from one of the earliest Testors recording session, a 1976 studio gem called “Scary” which appears here for the first time anywhere, and provides the bridge from the later Liquid Diamonds sound, into the grittier Testors tonality. And the interview liner notes, are nothing short of a revelation as well. From the bass player in Distance serving life in prison for killing the guitarist in his next band, to Sonny almost ditching out on returning to the USMC and joining the Manson girls on their bus. And from sharing a hotel room with Sterling Morrison on tour with Maureen Tucker, to hanging out with David Peel and Ed Sanders of The Fugs, Sonny has such an insane backstory and this LP should hopefully shed some much needed light on his early years in the New York City trenches.