So i guess it’s time for my “big” revelation from a couple of weeks ago… To start things off i’ve made a conscious decision not to include or start collecting covers that mimic Warhols style, covers with “unauthorized” use of his design or covers with any kind of reference to any of his work. A few exceptions like the Arab Spring album and the Fractal Flow single have found it’s way into my collection though. And every now and then something pops up that’s just to good to pass on… Especially if it’s something that relates to the band and record that was the initial focus of this blog!
Roland & The Flying Albatross Band – I den djupaste djungel / Montezumas Revenge (Red House Records – RH-1)
Of the four images of covers that are on the history page on the official Ratfab website you can really only read the title on the first one and it’s – “I den djupaste djungel”. I’ve browsed the site before thinking that it would be fun to try and include this is my collection. As far as i know this is the only release other than the Det brinner en eld/Mörka ögon single with the original four members of the band. I’ve looked around for this one here and there when i’ve come to think of it but i hadn’t looked for it in a while. As usual i start with a quick seach on the title and to my surprise that lead me straight to a listing on Swedish auction site Tradera. Unfortunately the listing had ended just a week or two earlier but it hadn’t been sold! The seller didn’t have any other items listed at the time so i couldn’t contact them via the site but the company selling it called MJ Retro did have a website. I first tried to contact them using a form on the site but when i didn’t receive a reply i started getting paranoid thinking someone else would “steal” it from. So i sent out a couple of SMS messages and eventually i got a reply saying they still had the record and that i could get it for 50 SEK or about $8. If it’s a good deal or a standard price i have no idea but it sure felt like a steal. I never made a huge effort in trying to find it before but it might be easy to find in any given record store i Stockholm but this is the first time i’ve ever seen it and i’m quite happy to add it to my collection.
Released on the same label, Red House Records, as the now famous follow up single with the Warhol cover and with the catalogue number RH-1 this appears to be the first release on that label. Oh, and they seemed to have been a little undecided on the spelling of the title to the song on the b-side. On the cover it’s Montezumas with a Z and on the record it’s Montesumas with an S. I’ve also been trying to figure out if they did in fact release any other single(s) as Ratfab or as Roland & The Flying Albatross Band but so far i haven’t found anything. The Ratfab site does however claim that between 1987 and 1997 or so Carl and Roland did release several singels as either Ratfab or Moby Dick. I’m to young to remember Moby Dick but apprently the band was made up of Calle and Roland and released six or so singles in the late 80’s. All of these are available at discogs for very resonable prices and all are also on YouTube or in this excellent post from the site Beatbox (Swedish only) for those who want to have a listen. And for those that are taking notes, Björn is mentioned in various roles on the covers to My Dreams Are Clear, When The Time Comes, New Time and Song From the Radio.
To sum it all up – this might not be something that makes my friends in the WCCC go green with envy. And it might very well be highly available in the right kind of record stores around Sweden. But i think it’s a great addition to my collection, a nice complement to the bands other and now more famous single and a valid exception to my general rule of no exceptions. All in all i think it’s the best find of the year so far for me. At least when it comes to records, i do have one or two books coming up that i’m pretty excited about!