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Something New Under The Son (1981)

 


Original LP Release - Solid Rock SRA-2007
 

Country: US Single slip 1981

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LP Release - Solid Rock SRA-2007
 

Country: Canada Single slip 1981

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LP Release - Concorde SRA-2007A
 

Country: New Zealand Single slip? 198?

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LP Release - Solid Rock Ruff Mix
LP Release - Solid Rock SRA 1

 

Country: UK Single slip 1981

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Original CD Release-Solid Rock SRD-008
 

Country: US CD 1993

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CDR Release-Solid Rock SRD-008
 

Country: US CDR 2003

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CDR Release-"Maximum Son"
Solid Rock SRA-008

 

Country: US CDR 2006

Something New Under The  Son - Side One 

Something New Under The  Son - Side Two 

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Something New Under The  Son - CD
 

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CD Release-Solid Rock SRDX-005
 

Country: US CD 2009

Something New Under The Son - Side One 

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Something New Under The Son - CD
 

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                LP releases

USA         Solid Rock SRA-2007 (1981)

CAN        Solid Rock SRA-2007 (1981)

NZ           Concorde SRA-2007A (198?)

UK          Solid Rock Ruff Mix (no number) (1981)

UK          Solid Rock SRA 1 (1981)

 

                CD releases

USA         Solid Rock SRD-008 (1993, 2003)

USA         Solid Rock SRA-008 (2006)

USA         Solid Rock SRDX-005 (2009)

 

 

                Cassette releases

USA         Solid Rock SRC-2007 (1981)

USA         Phydeaux ARF-008 (1988)

CAN        Solid Rock SRC-2007 (1981)

NZ           Concorde SRA-2007C (1981)

UK          Solid Rock SR 1 (1981)

 

                Special Cassette releases

USA         Rough Mix (1977-1981?)

 

                8 Track release

USA         Solid Rock SR8-2007 (1981)

 

                Single release

UK          Chapel Lane 103: I Feel Like Dying (b-side by Alwyn Wall) (1981)

 

                Song listing original LP

Side 1       Hard Luck Bad News

                Feeling So Bad

                I Feel Like Dying

                Born To Be Unlucky

                Watch What You're Doing

Side 2       Leaving The Past Behind

                Put Your Life Into His Hands

                Larry Norman's 97th Nightmare

                Let That Tape Keep Rolling

 

                Extra tracks on first CD release

                Twelve Good Men (demo)

                                From "Voyage Of The Vigilant" (unreleased)

                Deep Blue (rough mix)

                                From "Island In The Sky" (unreleased)

                It's Only Today That Counts (rough mix)

                                From "Orphans From Eden" (unreleased)

 

                Extra tracks on second CD and 2009 releases

                Twelve Good Men (demo)

                                From "Voyage Of The Vigilant" (unreleased)

                It's Only Today That Counts (rough mix)

                                From "Orphans From Eden" (unreleased)

                Watch What You're Doing

                                Long version (8:36 min.)

 

                Extra tracks on Maximum Son CD release

                Deep Blue (extended version)

                Hard Luck (extended version)

                Feelin' So Bad (extended version)

                Nightmare #97 (extended version)

                Twelve Good Men (alternate take)

                Oh Death Where Is Thy Sting (piano, vocal duet)

                Lord If I Got My Ticket (extended version)

 

                Extra track on Phydeaux cassette

                Twelve Good Men

                                Different version

 

                Track listing of the Rough Mix cassette

Side 1       Only Today That Counts

                                Long version

                Long, Long Time       

                                This is "Deep Blue", slightly longer than the CD version

                What A Day

                                This is "Feeling So Bad", slightly longer than on

                                the Phydeaux cassette

                In His Grave

                                Studio recording of the Woody Guthrie song,

                                "Jesus Christ", previously unreleased

                Moonshine

                                Previously unreleased studio recording

                Hard Luck & Bad News

                                Much longer version than on the Phydeaux tape

                Let The Tape Keep Rolling

                                With intro and outro, same as on Phydeaux tape

                If I Got My Ticket

                                Short version (ca. 4:30), sung differently than on

                                "The Story Of The Tune"

Side 2       Country Church

                                Same as on "The Story Of The Tune"

                Watch What You're Doing

                                The "Little Joe Billy" version

                The Tune

                                Different version than on "The Story Of The Tune"

                                no electric band part on this 13+ minutes version.

                Swing Low

                                Different from the version of

                                "The Story Of The Tune" there's no choir here.

                Put Your Life In Jesus' Nail Scarred Hands

                                This is "Put Your Life Into His Hands," long

                                (even longer than on the Phydeaux tape) and

                                alternative version

                Parson Brown

                                Previously unreleased studio recording

                Unlucky Blues

                                This is "Born To Be Unlucky," short version

                                and sung differently

 

                Notes

                    Although released in 1981, "Something New Under The Son" was recorded in 1976 and/or 1977. It was Larry Norman's intention to release this as a double album with "The Tune" on the second album (and a blank fourth side or a side with a lengthy version of "Watch What You're Doing"). "Something New Under The Son" is a very blues-related album; Larry Norman took lots of musical & lyrical parts from old blues songs and from Bob Dylan songs. The inner sleeve of the original album gives rather exact remakes of most of the pictures on Dylan's album "Bringing It All Back Home" (or "Subterranean Homesick Blues" as the album was called in several other countries).

 

                    The album comes with a printed inner sleeve. On this inner sleeve there's mention of a free record; this is the "Barking At The Ants" single.

 

                    The song order on the 8-track tape is very different.

 

                    The cassette re-release on Phydeaux includes (much) longer versions of "Hard Luck Bad News," "Feeling So Bad," "Leaving The Past Behind," and "Put Your Life Into His Hands." The intro of "Larry Norman's 97th Nightmare" is longer (Larry Norman doesn't start singing immediately after the second turnaround). "Watch What You're Doing" has a short spoken intro and an extra verse about Little Joe Billy. The extra track "Twelve Good Men" is a raw version which is rather different from the CD version.

 

                    On CD "Larry Normans 97th Nightmare" is called "Nightmare #97" and "Let The Tape Keep Rolling" is called "Let The Tape Keep Rolling ('69 bio version)." Apart from the titles, there are no differences. The piano intro of "Leaving The Past Behind" and the "bababa" intro of "Born To Be Unlucky" are missing. "Watch What You're Doing" has the "Little Joe Billy" verse but is without the spoken intro.

 

                    "Deep Blue" is basically the same song as on "Barking At The Ants" but it is longer and the ending is a bit different.

 

                    The second CD has all tracks re-balanced, re-equalized, etc. according to information on the Larry Norman website. Larry Norman's website shows the front cover with 1977 erased and 2003 added.

 

                    The Rough Mix cassette (there might be two slightly different versions) features (variations on) songs from "Something New Under The Son" plus some additional tracks. The cassette has been titled "Something New Under The Sun" (yes, with a 'u'), but "Rough Mix" is a more well known title. The song listing is given above, see Part II for some additional information ("Rough Mix #1, #2").

 

                    The UK albums have the "Little Joe Billy" version of "Watch What You're Doing" and there is no intro to "Larry Normans 97th Nightmare." "I Feel Like Dying" is listed but it's not there (it has been released on single in the UK). The piano intro of "Leaving The Past Behind" and the "bababa" intro of "Born To Be Unlucky" are missing. I have seen a discography which lists the SRA 1 version as having nine songs; I guess this must be a mistake.

 

                    The first UK release has green labels with handwritten song titles, the second UK release has the common Solid Rock labels (open mouth) and typeset letters. The covers of the UK albums are the same but they are a little different from the US version. There are no catalogue numbers shown; only the words "A Solid Rock Ruff Mix" are given. Both albums came with an insert which is almost the same as the US inner sleeve (but it doesn't include the "free record" offer; this was meant for US citizens only).

 

                    The LP from New Zealand features the US version except that it has the "Little Joe Billy" version of "Watch What You're Doing" with spoken intro and there's no piano intro to "Leaving The Past Behind" (the drum roll is shorter). "I Feel Like Dying" is not listed. The spine and the yellow labels show "Something New Under The Sun" instead of "..Son."

 

                    There's a 7" EP called "Radio Disc VII" (released on Word AD-6568T) with radio spots to promote LPs, including a 60-second spot for "Something New Under The Son."

 

                    This album was number eight in a series of fourteen albums, mentioned on the inner sleeve of "Something New Under The Son" (albums number nine through fourteen have not been released, see part II).

 

 All release information and notes courtesy of Robert Termorshuizen.