Post-punk trailblazer David Chesworth’s 1979 opus 50 Synthisizer Greats reissued on vinyl

Post-punk trailblazer David Chesworth’s 1979 opus 50 Synthisizer Greats reissued on vinyl

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The charmingly mis-spelled and sought-after synth LP returns.

David Chesworth’s pioneering debut album 50 Synthisizer Greats from 1979 will be reissued on vinyl for the first time via Chapter Music.

Long before home studio was a thing, David record the album in his parents’ lounge room, on an Akai 4000 DS reel to reel tape machine and using a monophonic Mini Korg 700 synth, borrowed from fellow post-punk icons Tsk Tsk Tsk.

As the label explains, he bounced the tracks down Akai‘s primitive “sound-on-sound” feature which results in unexpected echo effects and an enduring final sound. If you listen carefully, some of the earlier recordings he taped over can be spotted throughout the album.

Described as an album of “minimal synth investigations, full of inquisitive humour and playful experimental spirit,” original copies of 50 Synthisizer Greats are known to trade for three digit sums. The remastered album is reissued with liner new notes and photos from David Chesworth himself, plus two digital-only bonus tracks.

Due on 31 March, pre-order the record here.

Tracklisting:

1. The Great Yawn
2. Have Beat – Will Travel
3. Could You Repeat That?
4. Green Lady
5. 3 3/4
6. Malignant Humour
7. Give ‘em Heaps
8. Kraut Mich Mit Einem Dachshund
9. Do The Boogaloo
10. C.H.C.M.C.
11. Hommage To Billy Holiday
12. A-Sat
13. The Shady Elements
14. I Told You So
15. Etc
16. Necrophilia
17. Forbin Project
18. Bi-Pole Antenna
19. O! Wow!
20. Flea Circus (Synth Version)
21. Synthetic Neo Classic Promenade
22. Joe Fibernacci – Private Eye
23. ?
24. Inverted Commas Space Outlaw
25. Co-Co- Nut Smooth
26. Feelings Diminished
27. Alternately Yours
28. Just About
29. Its All Done With Headphones
30. Mind Your Expander
31. Making Waves
32. No Strings
33. 100
34. It Don’t Mean a Thing
35. Then I Transmitter
36. Feline Twice the Cat
37. Tropical Fruit Salad

Digital Bonus Tracks
38. No Name
39. And/Or=1