Saturday, 1 November 2008

ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur, ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur, ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-huh-huh

A request posting for Mr. Hackenbacker.

Four mixes here of the Butthole Surfers' version of Donovan's 'The Hurdy Gurdy Man'.
I'm not sure which versions they are, as my 12" is a white label; so I'm not sure if it's the U.S. release or the European release.
But does it really matter?
The fact is they're all different.

I've included the version from Piouhgd as well, it has a much fuller sound than the single release, and a great deal more production value.

The best version is the 12" A side. Haynes is far more laid back and surreal with his vocal, and the stretching out of the track allows for different textures to be heard; pared down in places so only the rhythm section is playing; but I guess that was (and still is) typical of album track mixes, especially those of a 12" vinyl variety.

The single was released by Rough Trade records while sitting on the Piouhgd album; it did creep into the British single charts, but only at No.98, and not for very long.

But it did mark a big change in the Surfers' sound.
And the end of some very far out music.

Butthole Surfers - The Hurdy Gurdy Man Remixes (1991)

Track 1 - Piouhgd version
Track 2 - 12" A Side
Track 3 - Instrumental mix 1
Track 4 - Instrumental mix 2

Vinyl rip @256kbs
Get them here


Zer0_II said...

Thank you so much. I've only heard the version from the Hurdy Gurdy Man EP, and I love it almost as much as Donovan's version. It will be a treat to hear three additional versions. Take care.


roy rocket said...

Pleasure, Zer0_ii.
h-h-h-hope you liked it.
& hope you're keeping well.
Shanti, roy