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A Deep Dive into SR's TRAGIC FIGURES LP cover photo

Updated: Mar 3, 2022

Seeing this post today from the excellent Greek publication Merlin's Music Box reminded me of their article from several years back which delves into the history of the original photograph I used on the front cover of Savage Republic's debut LP Tragic Figures.

I'm happy to announce that for the 40th Anniversary of the release of Tragic Figures in May of 2022 we are preparing an expanded double LP/CD re-issue featuring over 30 minutes of previously unheard recordings from prior to the recording of the album, most recorded in various concrete parking garages at UCLA during 1981. This will be released on the Real Gone Music label, thanks to a connection with RGM's Gordon Anderson through my good friend Pat Thomas which preceded the re-launch of IPR this past year. There will also be a very limited edition double LP version with letterpress-printed packaging using the original printing plates from the 1982 first edition as a co-release between RGM and IPR, available by mail order only from both labels. I will have more details to share in the coming months, but suffice to say, this will be a very special document of a truly unique musical endeavor, complete with extensive essay written by Richie Unterberger which followed from a Zoom interview that three of the original band members participated in a couple of months ago. Thanks again to the writers and editors at Merlin's Music Box for their deep dive into the story of a truly remarkable image and my use of it on the cover of our album.


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