Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Flaming Lips: 7 Skies H3 (2014)

This was a Record Store Day release from 2014 that comes with this description:

"Limited edition clear vinyl exclusive
Condensed and remastered
A 50-minute distillation across 10 tracks of the epic 24-hour song recorded in 2011. On vinyl for the first time ever!

This vinyl only available at independent record stores"

I'd like to hear the 24 hour version. That version was for sale, as noted by Wikipedia:

"The song was released in a limited edition of 13 copies, on flash drives encased in real human skulls, for Halloween 2011. Each skull cost $5,000. A website was also set up, streaming the song on an endless loop." [source] That website seems to be down, permanently. The same Wikipedia entry also states that 7500 copies of the LP were released.

As for the music, I think it's really intriguing. From Popmatters:

"Ultimately, 7 Skies H3 is another strangely alluring addition to the Flaming Lips truly bizarre discography. Arguably less accessible and enjoyable than The Terror was, 7 Skies H3 still impresses tremendously. Always pushing the envelope doing things ‘their own way’, the Flaming Lips actually seem more innovative and fresher compared to any number of contemporary artists. 7 Skies H3 doesn’t make the band anywhere near the commercial realm or anything like that, but they’d be selling out if that were to happen, right" [source]

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