Little Wings - Wonderue Preview 10"! + Wonderue LP distro! PIAPTK - 298
Wonderue Preview 10" - Lathe Cut 10" of the super rare casssette only release prior to Wonderue of totally different songs. Tracklist: I'm Dirty Now, In Favor of Life, Filled with Wonder (Version), I'm Feeling Tough, Welcome to California, Hawks & Doves, Wonderue 1, I Will Survive, I Will Get High Pt 1, I Will Survive, I Will Get High Pt 2.
Wonderue LP - Distro from our buds at Moone Records (classic album originally released 20 years ago on K Records)
Tracks: Filled with Wonder, Faith Children, Shredder Sequel, When you Know Love, Treat it Kind, Si Si, I Saw Reflections, Understand, Do Be, Light Be Bright, So I Finally Belong to the Night.
My love for Little Wings is no secret... I talk about it on the first line of almost every new release I release for him/them. Wonderue is ONE OF THOSE RECORDS. My second favorite LW record and part of the Wonder Trilogy. Faith Children, Shredder Sequel, I saw Reflections, etc. This album is awesome, and is currently not available on Spotify. The LP has been reissued by our buds at Moone Records in Phoenix and we traded with them to get some distro copies. Stream Wonderue here: https://uproxx.com/indie/little-wings-wonderue-reissue-moone-records/
But the real news is Wonderue Preview. A weird cassette tape that Kyle put out in 1999 just before Wonderue was released initially. The songs on Preview are not directly related to Wonderue, but with LW, everything has ties to whatever else is in his canon. If you don't already know what I mean, you should dig deep and be richly rewarded.
I've had a crappy internet bootleg copy of Wonderue Preview for years and always loved it. (I initially got turned on to Wonderue Preview by Graves, who did a cover of I'm Feeling Tough, and I asked Greg " I have every Little Wings album, how do I not know this song?!?!")
So, when I saw Moone beat me to reissuing Wonderue (A few years ago, Kyle and I talked about releasing the whole Wonder Trilogy (Wonderue, Discover Worlds of Wonder, and The Wonder City as a boxset, but that was too expensive, and I think I was probably quitting the label for the 58th time around then, so it never materialized), I reached out about reissuing a Lathe Cut of Wonderue Preview. I was hoping that Kyle had the masters, but of course he didn't (he is not the best archivist of his own output), and the copy I had would have sounded like total garbage and would have been even worse on a lathe cut. So I called all my LW collector nerd buddies and found that Chad Heile had an original cassette. His roommate, Bryan Wollen agreed to digitize it for us and did a great job. Unfortunately the tape probably didn't sound super great to begin with, so even the well transfered transfer was hissy and lo-fi. So, we hired Richard Houghten to master it and he slayed it. The master sounds SOOOO Much better than the original. Unfortunately, cutting to a lathe cut is a LOT different than just audio mastering, so myself and Chris Levesque spent a lot more time getting it to sound right on a lathe cut. And considering the consequences of this records birth, I am extremely proud of what we all accomplished. I think it sounds great (with the asterisk of what it is) and totally appropriate for the material.
I hope you enjoy it.