Monday, 17 June 2019

Mars Everywhere rarities

Obviously, this band is famous among the prog cognoscenti (currently numbering 11, with the loss of one fan to the Bieber Believers) for the wonderful mix of electronic and more advanced rock compositions on the 1980 album Industrial Sabotage.  What I'm betting others out there don't realize is that there is more material, of lesser quality admittedly, to listen to, and live performances from the seventies.  Specifically, compared to I.S., there is more of the meandering electronica to wade through or to contend with.

First of all, as usual, from cd reissue:

Random Radar is the ancestor to the popular Cuneiform Records label. They had some interesting acts, but none were more intriguing than Mars Everywhere. The music here is a cross between, Canterbury (due to The Muffins influence), space rock, avant prog and free rock. Gets a little loose and annoying in places, but when they catch a groove, the fireworks are undeniable. Some brilliant guitar work, and it's just this space rock element that becomes the album's ace in the hole. Worth tracking down. (Priority 3)

I don't think there's any need for a sample track here from the original album (artist databased here).  If anyone hasn't heard it yet, I beg you to grab it and listen to it-- fast.  I've known this release for many years and have loved it for as many so it came as quite a shock to find out there were other recordings released and available: not one, but two separate performances.  First of all, there is the 1989 cassette of live from 1979 to 1980.  Some sparse information can be found here.  A helpful annotation below:

1. The Applied Journey 6'34"
2. Zöln 10'31"
3. Enchanted Domain [Excerpt] 1'55"
4. V*Jer / Enchanted Domain 11'32"
5. Zöln 10'25"
1. Zone Of Twilight 6'22"
2. Tonal Photons 6'47"
3. Xmas Interludes 2'01"
4. Mare Chromium 9'03"
5. Mare Chromium 7'50"
6. Encore 6'38"

A1-3: Recorded at DC Space (28/2/80)
A4+5: Recorded at the Washington Ethical Society (21/12/78)
B1-4: Recorded at Trinity Theatre (15/12/78)
B5+6: Recorded at Mars Studio (14/1/79)

You can see that most of the tracks from the original album appear here.

From the 1979 Trinity Theatre set, the Twilight Zone homage gives you an idea of the 'meandering' space rock sound of the band which appealed so much to Tom Hayes (and also the poor quality of the recording, which I despise):

Then in 1989 the band came back to the studio because they obviously couldn't take no for an answer, with another cassette comprising three very long tracks of electro-space rock.  I can't sample it due to the lengths (first track, Calling Bats, is 47 minutes long).  Suffice it to say that it's very similar to the live cassette, dissimilar to the original 1980 Industrial Sabotage release, in lacking tight ideas, and because I don't have a taste for 'space rock' (guitar meandering in one key, usually E or A), and experimental electronic doodling, I didn't much like it.
Them bats with the ultrasonic hearing probably loved it though.


  1. All 3 here:

    please use zippy preferentially, if you are able, the newfound popularity of sendspace has forced me to upgrade to the more expensive sendspace pro account

  2. man you have been posting some really cool stuff lately! Great Job!!!!

  3. I had the Lp but can't remember much, 'cept is was a bit more abstract than other Random Radar records. Looking forward to hearing this again, much appreciated.

  4. Thanks for the sendspace posting...I'd be willing to give you a little obolus, too. ;) greetings

  5. I don't suppose you are willing to divulge who these ll prog cognoscenti are.

    I have an idea.

    (Give me just the first names and I will likely know who.)

  6. Man, I'm stoked! I'm still busy kicking myself for not buying the "aT" cassette, but it'll be great to finally hear all of it! Big Thanks Again!

  7. I can see it now!
    The 'God' animated figure from Monty Python's Quest For The Holy Grail proclaiming through the clouds: "the prog cognoscenti (currently numbering 11, with the loss of one fan to the Bieber Believers)..." Lol I nearly spit my coffee when I read this!! Bravo sir!!
    And you're spot on with the rest as usual :) Industrial Sabotage is one of my fave Lps (dam would I like to have that on cd!!!) and I had no clue there was additional material! My sentiments are the same as yours on both, but the completest in me is still very pleased to sample the rare wares :) ;) !!
    Thank you warmly my friend, this inspires me to spin my fave track off Industrial Sabotage, 'Enchanted Domain'....ahhhh....celestial harmony,
    so incredibly good - soothes an old proghead's soul...
    ...pure summer night magic :) :) :) thanks bro