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We're God (2019 Remaster)

by Rascal Reporters

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Daniel Rosenberg What a weird album! As usual the Steves take you through twisty, slippery rhythms and a wide range of moods in a short span of time but this album, to me, stands a bit above the rest for it's inclusion of Smidgens, a mostly Kretzmer piece which exists somewhere between Henry Cow and Fiddler on the Roof! I think it's his masterpiece; a 20 minute treatise on love, food and religion with a Klezmer influence (that clarinet in Raisins and Grapes!). Great to hear a fellow Jew writing some killer prog! Favorite track: Fidget Stomp.
Hello? 05:08
Fidget Stomp 09:36


Rascal Reporters' 1980 sophomore cassette release 'We're God', digitally remastered in 2019 from the original master tapes - presented in higher clarity and fidelity than ever before!

In contrast to the 1997 CD issue of this album, where additional editing work was carried out, this version is presented as it was originally released in 1980, with the alterations being sonic rather than musical.

Hear Kretzmer's original piano-only version of 'Solomon Music', 'Cannonball Adderley' as it stood before its 1997 re-construction, and all the fine intricacies of this piece of Reporters history!

Bonus tracks include the fully remastered 'Guns for Jerry's Kids / Beatrice' 7" single along with other selections from the era.

Review republished with permission from Eurock catalog:

"This one really flashes me back to the good old days as The Rascals were one of the first bands ever offered by Eurock in the era of self-produced cassettes. This newly restored reissue of their classic 1980 debut recording once again reminds me of how great music can be when it’s done in the pure creative spirit. WE’RE GOD is a strange hybrid of Canterbury prog and RIO fusion filtered through the lens of Middle America. Messrs. Gore and Kretzmer not only could compose and play, but had a twisted sense of humor so the whole affair comes off a bit like a pre-K Frank Zappa. Fun to listen to and suprisingly STILL progressive musically today."


released August 26, 2019

All instruments, voices, sounds, etc., originated by the Rascal Reporters (Steve Kretzmer & Steve Gore) except:

Ann Kretzmer: Vocal on 'By the Harbour'
Paul Kretzmer: Vocal harmonies on 'Cannonball Adderley', bass guitar on 'Yarmulke Fight', 'Raisins and Grapes' & 'Hello?'
Tom Meshew: Acoustic guitar and co-composer on 'After the Fun'
Sandy Bay: Dialogue on 'Cannonball Adderley'
Rabbi Buster Gomez: Chanting on 'Yarmulke Fight'
Debbie Thornton: Voice on 'Guns for Distribution'

Remastered by James Strain
Reel-to-reel tape transfers and booklet scans by Brian Donohoe

This edition of the album is remastered from the original 1980 master tapes. The album had previously been remixed and mastered by Steve Gore in 1997 for CD release on Wafer Face Records. The 1997 CD edition contained edits and re-arrangements of certain musical parts that are not present here on this new version of the album. The 1997 CD edition is still available digitally via CDBaby here for any interested fans: store.cdbaby.com/cd/rascal4


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Rascal Reporters Detroit, Michigan

Formed in the mid-1970s by high school chums Steve Gore & Steve Kretzmer, the Rascal Reporters made music together for over 30 years. From their basement studio in suburban Detroit, this duo delighted in confusing audiences & smudging the lines between genres over the course of one 7" single and seven studio albums. ... more

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