Legendary Texan artist Terry Allen occupies a unique position straddling the frontiers of country music and conceptual art; he has worked with everyone from Guy Clark to David Byrne to Lucinda Williams, and his artwork resides in museums worldwide. Pedal Steal and Four Corners collects, for the first time, Allen’s radio plays and long-form narrative audio works—two and a half hours of cinematic country-concrète songs, stories, and sound collage.
Pedal Steal (1985), originally composed as a soundtrack to a dance performance, appears on vinyl for the first time, as well as on CD. Torso Hell(1986), Bleeder (1990), Reunion (return to Juarez) (1992), and Dugout (1993) comprise the Four Corners suite, radio plays broadcast on NPR and never before released, now spanning two CDs. All audio has been meticulously remastered from the original tapes. Fans of Allen’s violent masterpiece Juarez will find much to love in these haunting desert dramas of the chthonic Southwest, which feature Jo Harvey Allen, Lloyd Maines, Butch Hancock, Rolling Stones saxophonist Bobby Keyes, and many others. Roger Corman failed to option the film rights; Jesse Helms failed to ban them; now you can own them!