Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Mannequin (Gary Davenport) - Scattered Thoughts 7" (Closet Records. USA. 1979)

This superb Downer/Loner single from San Antonio, Texas, was put out by Gary Davenport in 1979 on his own label Closet Records. When Gary started out there was no scene to speak of in San Antonio but through his incredibly unique and out of step music he created a scene which was very different for the time. H released several records of his own on Closet Records and by other artists, culminating in the compilation album " raindrops become ocean"  which i have blogged in its own right. It also contains another two tracks by Gary Davenport.

Gary's music really does have the downer/loner sound that i love, infact it's more than a sound, it is also a feeling which comes across so strongly.

This three track single was Gary's first ever release and comes in an oversized picture cover with photocopied insert. It was pressed in a quantity of 100 only and simply never turns up for sale. I was lucky enough to buy this copy from a friend of Gary's who was selling off the remaining records from his label with just a handfull of these available.

It's remained a mostly unknown single for many years with copies mainly selling directly from Gary himself or through private sales. There has, to my knowledge, never been a sale through ebay but his second single has shown up a handful of times selling for a healthy three figure sum.

Please note that this is just an extract from the title track for obvious reasons!

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