Dee Mullins kicked around Texan independent labels such as Pappy Daily's D Records before Shelby Singleton signed him to his Nashville independent SSS – later Plantation Records – in 1967, having Mullins sing the answer song "The Continuing Story of Harper Valley P.T.A." to the label's first big hit from Jeannie C. Riley. "The Continuing Story" provides the title for this 2009 compilation from Omni Records, a compilation that rounds up a generous 27 tracks that stretch all the way from 1959 to 1978, but focus on those hippie-era oddities from SSS and Plantation, pushing all 16 of those cuts toward the front. If any country music could be called psychedelic, this is it: Singleton surrounded Mullins with vocal effects, sitars, and fuzz guitars, creating genuinely odd music ranging from the eerie and unsettling ("I Am the Grass") to the absurd ("Beers").
Recorded before a sold out hometown crowd at the historic Atlanta venue. The two sets, one acoustic and one with an all-star band, showcase songs spanning the entirety of Shawn's illustrious career. Included amongst the selections are Shawn's biggest hits "Lullaby," "Beautiful Wreck," Shimmer," and "All in My Head," along with fan favourites such as "Twin Rocks, OR" and "Gulf of Mexico," and a stunning rendition of "House of the Rising Sun." A must have for any Shawn Mullins fan, Live at the Variety Playhouse is a comprehensive document of a truly special evening.
Oliver Lieb was particularly influential via the first wave of European club trance that emerged in the 1990's, the melodic and more accessible cousin of techno… and the distinctive futuristic, techy quality of his trance productions also carries over into his downtempo and ambient albums, relatively few in number but exceptionally high in quality. "Constellation" (1993) was his first ambient album release. The title certainly makes explicit the deep space and sci-fi themes but the music itself is sophisticated and understated. The fourteen minute "Dimension X" is an absolutely gorgeous cosmic hymn with exquisitely layered melodic loops in the best Berlin-school ambient tradition and executed with a feather-soft touch. This stunningly accomplished track alone makes the album worth having.