One Little Indian (2015, Reissue)
For the longest time Vs. The Serpientes and Dan Sartain Lives were two of the records that I was most annoyed had never come out on vinyl (Onehundredpercentfreak by Alligator Gun, Start.Stop. by Him Kerosene and Shipwrecked by The Sultans round out the top five if you're curious). I wasn't sure if these Dan Sartain records would ever be released and I had nearly dropped a large sum of money on a Dan Sartain Lives test pressing, thinking it would be the only way to own it on vinyl. Luckily, I was outbid on that record and shortly thereafter common sense prevailed over at One Little Indian and I finally have both of these amazing Dan Sartain records on vinyl.
Vs. The Serpientes is what started it all for me. I vividly remember how completely blown away by it I was and how I immediately had to share this incredible record with everyone. There was just something so unique and exciting about Dan Sartain. He had that southern, Johnny Cash outlaw thing going. He played some acoustic guitar, but was unabashedly punk rock. The fact that he had cozied up to Rocket From The Crypt and Swami record certainly didn't hurt as I'm not positive he would have ended up on my radar otherwise. But the songs on this record were just so amazing.
All three "Walk Among The Cobras" are essential listing and the one-two opening punch of "Trying To Say" and "P.C.B. '98" is one of the strongest I can think of from the 2000's. The real knock out punch for me has always been the slow and somber "Place To Call My Home." It's simply a gorgeous song and puts Dan right up there with some of the best things Beck ever wrote for One Foot In The Grave.
I'd be remiss to not mention the fact that One Little Indian skimped out on the artwork here. The cardstock they used is really flimsy and the spine of my record was completely obliterated by the time my record got to me. I had actually bought my copy direct from Dan Sartain as he was selling a handful that he had redecorated himself. He drew over the cover with red and blue ink and funny enough, if you look at it with the enclosed 3-D glasses, it does jump out at you a bit. Pretty neat.
Regardless of the cover issues, this record is beyond essential and I really am thrilled to have it in the collection. Tomorrow I'll write a bit about the other reissue, Dan Sartain Lives.
Dan Sartain - "Walk Among The Cobras, Pt. 1":
Dan Sartain - "Place To Call My Home":