Pere Ubu
Song Of The Bailing Man

(April 1982)

Fire Records FIRECD365 cd.
  Mar 18 2016 (UK), Apr 29 2016 (ROW). 2015 Master.

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Song Of The Bailing Man Release Notes:

Engineered by Paul Hamann.
Recorded and mixed in August and December 1981, and January 1982 at Suma. Trumpet overdubs recorded in London.
Mastered by Nimbus as a 45rpm vinyl lp March 1982.

Artwork designed by David Thomas.
Photos by Mik Mellen.
Reissue artwork designed by John Thompson, idrome.

2008 Master

Digitally transferred at 192khz / 24 bit resolution and mastered by Paul Hamann at Suma in 2008. Cds from this Master are identified with the words "2008 Master" on the tray card.

1994 Master

Digitally transferred at 44.1 khz / 20 bit resolution and mastered by David Thomas and Paul Hamann at Suma in 1994.

Songs written by Fier - Maimone - Ravenstine - Thomas - Thompson.
©1982 Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex for North America and Fire Songs under license from Ubu Projex / Complete Music for Rest Of World.

Pere Ubu (v.4.1):

David Thomas - vocals
Mayo Thompson - guitar
Allen Ravenstine - EML 101 & 200 analog synthesizers
Tony Maimone - bass
Anton Fier - drums, piano, marimba, percussion
Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton played trumpet.

Song Of The Bailing Man Release History

  • Rough Trade Records
    • (UK) Rough 33 1982 lp.
    • (US) Rough US 21 June 1982 lp.
    • (UK) Rough CD 33 1989 cd.
    • (US) Rough US 21 1989 cd.
  • Bomba Records BOM819 (Japan) May 26 1999 cd. 1994 Master.
  • Thirsty Ear Records THI 57080.2 (US) Nov 16 1999 cd. 1994 Master.
  • Cooking Vinyl Records
    • COOK CD 158 (UK) Nov 1 1999 cd. 1994 Master.
    • COOK CD158 (UK) March 2010 cd. 2008 Master.
  • S4 Records 496675 2 (Italy) cd. 1994 Master.
  • Get Back Records GET 90 (Italy) 2002 vinyl lp (180g).

Song Of The Bailing Man Songs

The Long Walk Home
Use Of A Dog
Stormy Weather
West Side Story
Thoughts That Go By Steam
Big Ed's Used Farms
The Vulgar Boatman Bird
A Day Such As This
My Hat
Horns Are A Dilemma

Press Reaction

David Fricke, Melody Maker(?)
'Song of the Bailing Man' is an inspired, invigorating, confounding, disturbing... yeah, one hell of a swinging way to go. Still the futility Ubu must have felt making far sighted music in a chronically near-sighted world is pressed hard into these grooves.

Time Out
A brilliant band breaking every rule of aesthetics... and sounding all the more exciting for it.

Alternative Press, 4/00, pp.95-6
Continues the downbeat trend, with even its more rocking tracks...suffused with melancholy confusion....This disc is an essential purchase, but they're definitely not dancefloor or party fodder.

The Wire, 4/00, p.63
Swathed in layers of reverb-as-sugarcoating and [drummer, Anton] Fier's backbeats ensure that every song here moves several bpm faster than anything else in [their] catalog....easily Ubu's most accessible material.