Peter Laughner

Take the Guitar Player for a Ride

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Thoughtfully assembled 15-track compilation of Laughner's work draws from his contributions to Rocket from the Tombs ("Ain't It Fun"), Friction, solo recordings (including a version of "Life Stinks," also recorded by Pere Ubu), and even a home tape recorded in his bedroom the night before his death. While the full rock band cuts show an admirable arty ambition ("Amphetamine" in particular strongly recalls the Velvet Underground), it's the folky solo cuts which are the most chillingly emotional, and perhaps the most durable.

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