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Recent Releases

Pere Ubu Mean Fiddler

PERE UBU

Mean Fiddler (HR220)

March 16 1989, London.
This is the entire concert, selections from which appeared on London Texas. Premiere of songs from Cloudland and review of The Tenement Year. Introduction of Eric Drew Feldman and the last appearance of the two drummer lineup. 19 songs. See set list for running order. Recompiled and remastered from original hearpen.com release. Codec: iTunes Plus format AAC.
Cost: $9.99, processed by eJunkie via PayPal or card.
 

 
Black Record

ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS

Black Record (HR221)

Courtesy of Fire Records, produced from the vinyl master 192khz / 24 bit files. Possibly better audio fidelity than the cd release. Lyrics embedded. A PDF of Liner Notes included along with print quality front cover art. Codec: iTunes Plus format AAC. 48khz
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dub housing album

PERE UBU

Dub Housing (HR222)

Courtesy of Fire Records. Mastered for AAC format by David Thomas in 2020 using the 192khz / 24bit files generated by Nick Watson for the Fire vinyl cut. A PDF of Liner Notes included. Cover art jpg included. Codec: iTunes Plus format 48khz AAC.
Cost: $9.99, processed by eJunkie via PayPal or card.
 

 
Pere Ubu Modern Dance album

PERE UBU

The Modern Dance (HR218)

Courtesy of Fire Records. Mastered for AAC format by David Thomas in 2020 using the 192khz / 24bit files generated by Nick Watson for the Fire vinyl cut. A PDF of Liner Notes included. Cover art jpg included. Codec: iTunes Plus format 48khz AAC.
Cost: $9.99, processed by eJunkie via PayPal or card.
 

 


Pere Ubu Studio Albums

Pere Ubu Hearpen singles

PERE UBU

The Hearpen Singles 1975 - 1977 (HR216)

Courtesy of Fire Records, produced from the vinyl master 192khz / 24 bit files. Possibly better audio fidelity than the cd release. Lyrics embedded. A PDF of Liner Notes included along with print quality front cover art. Codec: iTunes Plus format AAC.
Cost: $9.99, processed by eJunkie via PayPal or card.
 

 
Pere Ubu 20Y album

Sep 2017 - PERE UBU

20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo (HR214)

Courtesy of Cherry Red Records, produced from the vinyl master 96khz / 24 bit files. Possibly better audio fidelity than the cd release. Lyrics embedded. A PDF of Liner Notes included along with print quality front cover art. Codec: iTunes Plus format AAC.
Cost: $9.99, processed by eJunkie via PayPal or card.
 

 


Pere Ubu Official Bootlegs

Pere Ubu manhattan

Feb 1977 - PERE UBU

Manhattan (HR210)

Previously released in 2012 as HR169.
Both sets of one of Ubu's nearly mythical trips to Max's Kansas City in 1977. Reedited, recompiled and remastered in 2020. Lyrics are embedded in the song files. A PDF of liner notes and print quality front cover are included.
Band: David Thomas, Tom Herman, Allen Ravenstine, Tony Maimone and Scott Krauss.
Songs: Heart Of Darkness, Street Waves, Modern Dance, Cloud 149, Laughing, Final Solution, Nonalignment Pact, My Dark Ages, Heaven, Sentimental Journey, Over My Head, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo and Life Stinks.
Codec: MP3 LAME 3.99, Joint Stereo, Optimal Quality, VBR @256kbps.
Cost: $6.99, processed by eJunkie via PayPal or card.

 

 
Pere Ubu peeningco

Jun 1977 - PERE UBU

In The Shadow Of The Aeronautical Shot Peening Co.

(HR200)
Recorded by David Thomas on a cassette at the Pirate's Cove, Old River Road, Cleveland, Ohio, on June 2 1977.
Previously released as 'Pirate's Cove 6/2/77.'
Band: David Thomas, Tom Herman, Allen Ravenstine, Tony Maimone and Scott Krauss.
Songs: Heaven, Real World, Nonalignment Pact, Street Waves (incomplete), Modern Dance, Laughing, Sentimental Journey, Over My Head and Final Solution (incomplete).
Codec: MP3 LAME 3.99, Joint Stereo, Optimal Quality, VBR @256kbps.
Cost: $3, processed by eJunkie via PayPal or card.

 

 
David Thomas lost
Jul 1991 - PERE UBU

On The Road To The Lost Album (HR203)

Previously released in 2007 as HR129 and HR130.
Recompiled, reedited and remastered by David Thomas in 2020. Here is Pere Ubu operating at a peak, Jim Jones in his prime, and Paul Hamann at the mixing desk. 28 songs from a show that ran two hours long! Recorded July 14 1991 at The Paradiso, Amsterdam, on the house system. Lyrics are embedded in the song files. A PDF of liner notes and print quality front cover are included. (A few weeks later, at the end of the tour opening for The Pixies, Apocalypse Now was recorded on a day off.)
Band: David Thomas, Jim Jones, Eric Drew Feldman, Tony Maimone and Scott Krauss.
Set List
Codec: iTunes Plus AAC, 256kbps.
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Pere Ubu LLPU 2009 - PERE UBU with Sarah Jane Morris

Bring Me The Head Of Ubu Roi (HR201)

Previously released in 2009 as HR145.
A radio play of the theatrical production, featuring all the songs. Recompiled, remixed and remastered from the previous hearpen.com release.
Twenty-one scenes, twelve songs, numerous improvisations, and a couple outtakes. Seventy-six minutes of entertainment. The only punk record released in 30 years. Includes a PDF sheet of liner notes.
Performers: David Thomas, Sarah Jane Morris, Keith Molinè, Gagarin, Robert Wheeler, Michele Temple and Steve Mehlman.
Codec: MP3 LAME 3.99, Joint Stereo, Optimal Quality, VBR @256kbps +.
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Pere Ubu umen

The U-Men (HR211)

The legendary Pere Ubu bootleg put out clandestinely by Johnny Dromette in 1978. Recordings from the Pirate's Cove from various dates in 1977 and 1978. Cleaned up, recompiled and remastered in 2020. Rebooted as 'Don't Expect Art.' A PDF of liner notes and print quality front and back cover art are included.
Songs: Hard To Start, No Problem, Mad Doctor, 491, Help Me, First World War, Random Wages, My Back Pages, Doris Day Sings and Little Skunks.
Codec: LAME 3.100 V1 VBR, Joint Stereo, 48K.
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David Thomas Studio Albums

David Thomas sos
May 1981 - DAVID THOMAS and the pedestrians

The Sound Of The Sand And Other Songs Of The Pedestrian (HR209)

The first David Thomas solo album. "If you could choose any guitarist ever for a solo album, who would it be?" Richard Thompson was the answer. I wanted to put him together with Phil Moxham from Young Marble Giants and Anton Fier. Lyrics are embedded in the song files. A PDF of liner notes and print quality front cover are included.
Band: Ralph Carney, Chris Cutler, Anton Fier, John Greaves, Alan Greenblatt, Paul Hamann, Scott Krauss, Philip Moxham, Allen Ravenstine, Tan Tan, Mayo Thompson and Richard Thompson.
Songs: Birds Are a Good Idea, Yiki Tiki, Crickets In The Flats, Sound of The Sand, The New Atom Mine, Big Dreams, Happy To See You, Crush This Horn, Part Two, Confuse Did, Sloop John B and Man's Best Friend.
Codec: iTunes Plus AAC, 256kbps.
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David Thomas voat
Dec 1982 and Mar 1983 - DAVID THOMAS and the pedestrians

Variations On A Theme (HR205)

Remastered in 2020. Remixed in 2016. Lyrics are embedded in the song files. A PDF of liner notes and print quality front cover are included.
Band: David Thomas, Richard Thompson, Jim Jones, Lindsay Cooper, Paul Hamann, Anton Fier and Chris Cutler.
Songs: Day At The Botanical Gardens, Bird Town, Pedestrian Walk, The Egg & I, Who Is It?, Song of Hoe, Hurry Back, The Rain and Semaphore.
Codec: iTunes Plus AAC, 256kbps.
Cost: $9.99, processed by eJunkie via PayPal or card.

 

 
David Thomas MPF
Jul-Sep 1984 - DAVID THOMAS and the pedestrians

More Places Forever (HR202)

Previously released in 2014 as HR179.
Remixed by David Thomas and Paul Hamann at Suma in 2014. The original 1985 mix suffered from lack of time and trying circumstances. Too many compromises were forced on the project. This remix more accurately reflects the original intentions. Lyrics are embedded in the song files. A PDF of liner notes and print quality front cover are included. Includes bonus track of original mix of About True Friends.
Band: David Thomas, Lindsay Cooper, Tony Maimone and Chris Cutler.
Songs: Through the Magnifying Glass, Enthusiastic, Whale Head King, Song of the Bailing Man, Big Breezy Day, The Farmer's Wife, New Broom, About True Friends and About True Friends (Orig).
Codec: iTunes Plus AAC, 256kbps.
Cost: $9.99, processed by eJunkie via PayPal or card.

 

 
David Thomas mwwl
Nov 1985 - DAVID THOMAS and wooden birds

Monster Walks The Winter Lake (HR204)

All session tapes reviewed in 2014 by David Thomas and Paul Hamann. Different ones sometimes chosen and re-edited. Remastered in 2020. "The only personal album I recorded," David Thomas. Lyrics are embedded in the song files. A PDF of liner notes and print quality front cover are included.
Band: David Thomas, Daved Hild, Tony Maimone, Allen Ravenstine and Garo Yellin.
Songs: My Theory Of Spontaneous Simultude / Red Tin Bus, Coffee Train, What Happened To Me, Monster Magee, King of the Seas, Monster Walks The Winter Lake, Bicycle, Monster Thinks About The Good Days and My Town.
Codec: iTunes Plus AAC, 256kbps.
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David Thomas btm
Sep 1986 - DAVID THOMAS and wooden birds

Blame The Messenger (HR208)

Recorded in 1986 over two days at Suma, the idea was to use the same principles that went into 'Monster Walks...' but with an electric band. It is the project that led to the return of Pere Ubu. In a way, 'Blame The Messenger' can be seen as part of the Ubu canon. Lyrics are embedded in the song files. A PDF of liner notes and print quality front cover are included.
Band: David Thomas - vocals, melodeon, Jim Jones - guitar, backing vocals, Allen Ravenstine, - EML synthesizers, Tony Maimone - bass, piano, backing vocals and Chris Cutler - drums.
Songs: My Town (3:07), A Fact About Trains (4:24), King Knüt (5:27), When Love Is Uneven (3:27), The Storm Breaks (3:34), The Long Rain (4:11), Havin Time (4:53), Friends of Stone (3:18) and The Velikovsky 2-Step (6:50).
Codec: iTunes Plus AAC, 256kbps.
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David Thomas ere
July 1996 - DAVID THOMAS and two pale boys

EREWHON (HR212)

As startling as The Day The Earth Met The Rocket From The Tombs. As game changing as The Modern Dance. As pointless as handing over William Faulkner to a herd of monkeys, as trying to teach pigs to fly, as playing Charlie Parker for the cast of Love Island. Twenty-five years ago, David Thomas, Keith Molinè and Andy Diagram invented Electronica. No one knew what to do with it. Lyrics embedded in song files. Printable cover art included and a PDF of liner notes.
Codec: MP3 LAME 3.100, VBR V1, Joint Stereo.
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David Thomas mead
Dec 1996 - DAVID THOMAS and two pale boys

Meadville (HR213)

Previously released as part of the 'David Thomas, Monster' cd box
Recorded live during the European tour promoting the release of EREWHON, mostly at the Salle Ubu, Rennes, France, home of Jarry. A collection of essential stories laying behind most of the albums of the 90s, including the seminal 'Surfer Girl / Around The Fire' story. Lyrics embedded in song files. Printable cover art included and a PDF of liner notes.
Codec: MP3 LAME 3.100, VBR V2, Joint Stereo.
Cost: $6.99, processed by eJunkie via PayPal or card.

 

 
David Thomas sam1

Hearpen Sampler Vol. 1 (SAM1)

Two tracks from each of the 80s David Thomas solo albums plus two unreleased bonus tracks. Lyrics are embedded in the song files. A PDF of liner notes and print quality front cover are included.
Songs: Day At The Botanical Gardens, Bird Town, Coffee Train, Enthusiastic, What Happened To Me, When Love Is Uneven, Big Breezy Day, Big Dreams, Happy To See You, A Fact About Trains, As Shoes Go By and The Egg & I (Live on BBC Radio 1).
Codec: iTunes Plus AAC, 256kbps.
Cost: $4.99, processed by eJunkie via PayPal or card.

 

 


DAVID THOMAS album 2001 - DAVID THOMAS AND TWO PALE BOYS

Surf's Up! (HR217)

A 2020 remix and remaster by David Thomas of the second studio album. Lyrics embedded. A PDF of Liner Notes included. Alternative cover art jpgs included. Bonus track of Brunswick Parking Lot. Codec: iTunes Plus format AAC.
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How It Works

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eJunkie will manage the purchase process and then provide the buyer with a download link. The link expires in 5 days and allows for failed downloads during that time period.

Choices: For studio albums we prefer the iTunes Plus codec running at 256kpbs if the source file is sampled higher than 44.1khz. For live albums, which are often sourced from cassette tapes, we prefer MP3 with LAME 3.99.5 and LAME 3.100 in Joint Stereo running at VBR 256kpbs. Download audio at these settings is approaching transparency. We cannot say we prefer one over the other after many hours spent in blind listening tests at Suma. MP3 offers more versatility in difficult situations. There are those who insist that a 320kpbs Constant bit rate is the be all and end all. We don't agree, again, after hours spent in blind listening tests. Neither do the technicians behind LAME and iTunes.

7009Copyright is essentially easy enough to understand. The copyright owner is the only one allowed to make copy of a copyrighted work. You may buy a song file, a copy of the work, from the copyright owner. You own that file but you do not own the right to make a copy of it. Nobody really pays attention unless commerce becomes involved. Say an Ubu fan buys a download album and then makes it into a cd copy with artwork and packaging for his own, non-commercial use. Secretly, we are pleased. To say so would endanger the protection of copyright.

But now we introduce the Pickard Exemption. Under this provision, we grant the right to make one cd copy of our copyrighted download audio along with associated artwork. No further grant of rights is extended or implied, or may be inferred. Where we choose we will include print quality front covers in the copyrighted download package. Copyright of the artwork is retained in whole but the Pickard Exemption applies.

FLAC Fans - Mr Thomas is not a fan of FLAC and other 'lossless' codecs. "I can see the attraction," he explains, "But I am unconvinced. MP3 technology continues to improve, approaching transparency. Nevertheless, for studio recordings I will continue to consider it. This is my art, my life, I pursue the best means of delivering it as the years pass by."

NB. The dates attached to the releases above are the recording dates, not release dates.

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