FIVE - Vinyl LP
REID PALEY - Vocals
TOM MORAN - Guitar
DAVE DOREMUS - Bass
BRIAN GILLESPIE - Drums
We are currently offering
original sealed copies of THE FIVE LP,
|The Long Haul
All The Way
Pray For Me
The Only Honorable Thing
Same To Me
Cut Me Loose
The Fat Lady Sings
When Yr Done
"Clearly the most pivotal and important of all Pittsburgh bands.THE FIVE, (who relocated to Boston in 1984) check in here with this, their first ever LP. Recorded in 1986 and '87 shortly before their untimely demise, these songs are on par with their live show, which was, believe me, killer.
Some of this
material dates back to the early '80s and just goes to show how ahead
of their time these guys were. In my opinion, a must."
quintessential mutant-blues band, THE FIVE, whose music was never
available on anything but indie singles and underground tapes, have, of
course, been immortalized on LP now that they're
defunct. 'Sort of like dressing a corpse up for the prom,
isn't it?' is how the band's former front - and affront - man,
Reid Paley, describes this good, loud anthology."
"And expansive sound that
blends influences as disparate as garage, blues, and post-punk into a
totally original concoction all their own."
"A sound that can simulate the
effect of one's being hit upside the head with a very large piece of
sheet metal. Must I spell it out for you? I am
"THE FIVE had the raw smell of
adventure. Live favorites like All The Way
have been translated to vinyl with their throbbing menace
intact. When (the band) locked in, as they do on THE FIVE,
they crackled like a kerosene-soaked bonfire."
"THE FIVE had quite a
following, and a good set of drunken, rhythm-laden rock 'n'
roll. Even though the band broke up almost two years ago,
this record doesn't sound dated, and Reid Paley's vocals are like
nothing you've ever heard before."
"They lived and played in
Boston for a buncha years, cut a number of rankin' tunes that were
local radio hits, then called it quits. A thuggily rocking bunch,
THE FIVE seemed straight outta some slidey, gruff, post-Stones
continuum, and Reid Paley's voice has enough grug-monstrosity to
fill one of my brain nooks exactly, and this eponymous LP,
THE FIVE is a worth-dripping pit filled with true 'street rock
shit.' The whole thing is way okay. Which is not
a phrase that gets bandied about much down here."
"THE FIVE are rather like
post-existentialism, only much, much louder."
"They were incredible. I've
never seen anything like them before or since. And that
singer, Reid Paley. Oi vey! What a
genius! Too bad they broke up. I heard they had a
"One of the best bands in the
entire country is THE FIVE. Tough, lean songs with a driving
"Sometimes it takes an outside
band to reveal just how genre-bound and stratified the local scene has
become...A monster of a sound."
"If you liked THE FIVE when
they were around, this posthumous record will bring them back in all
their whiskey-sodden glory. The band broke up two years ago, yet
their big radio tapes THE LONG HAUL and SAME TO ME
and WHEN YR DONE, contained here, still carry their
drunken swagger. Reid Paley's voice is comparable to none
(ask any critic) and gives THE FIVE their trademark."
"A hard, harrowing LP from an
"THE FIVE ROOL, of course, and
don't you forget it. And Open Casket -- I mean, what a
great idea to put this near the end of a bizarro
idiot-gawd-avant-grunge garage-psychosis album -- this sorta slow blues
grinder with clean guitars and phlegmy holler courtesy the one, the
only Reid Paley."
"Mercy! Bass lines
so thick you could eat them with a fork, stop-me-before-I-hurt-somebody
guitar work, a murder-on-a-deserted-street sound...Somebody better
record these guys!"
"One of the great undiscovered
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