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These mixes were transferred from a copy of the original Black Tambourine cassette. The songs were recorded at Upland by Barrett Jones, then mixed at Inner Ear by Don Zientara. Soon after the first Black Tambourine single (By Tomorrow) was released, the master tape containing all of the original studio mixes was stolen from a car. The songs that weren't included on that single were quickly remixed by Mike & Archie at a home studio, so that they could be quickly released as a second single and compilation track.

Here's the thing:

There are no major differences between the mixes included here and the remixed, previously released versions. They come from the same performances and recordings. The differences are fairly subtle-- doubled vocals on Can't Explain and For Ex-Lovers Only, a long feedback ending to Throw Aggi Off The Bridge, different effects & treatments (reverb, reverb, reverb) all around. The vocals are somehow buried even deeper, and the guitars sound louder.

Beneath the cassette hiss and crackle, we think these Don Zientara mixes sound great, so we want them to be available.

The cassette mixes of Black Car, Drown, By Tomorrow, and Pack You Up are not included here, since they are identical to the ones released on the By Tomorrow single, Complete Recordings, and the Black Tambourine anthology.


released November 18, 2010

Pam Berry, Archie Moore, Brian Nelson, Mike Schulman.
Recorded by Barrett Jones at Upland in Alexandria, VA.
Mixed by Don Zientara at Inner Ear in Shirlington, VA.



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Black Tambourine Silver Spring, Maryland

Formed in Washington, D.C. in 1989, Black Tambourine comprised vocalist Pam Berry, guitarists Archie Moore and Brian Nelson (also members of Velocity Girl) and drummer Mike Schulman (also of Whorl); though they only played a handful of live shows during their short lifetime, Black Tambourine issued two 7" singles that are seminal slices of US indie pop. ... more

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