The Residents

Assorted Secrets

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A cassette-only release, re-released on CD in late 1999 to sate fans of the group. The group always regarded this very ropy recording of studio rehearsals for The Mole Show and the 13th Anniversary Show as just slightly above a bootleg. It does provide a glimpse into the very human workings of the group, in case one forgets: they flub and screw up just as much as any other band, only here it seems to only add to their mystery. The Mole Show rehearsals are a bit trying to listen to, but their takes on "Birthday Boy" and "Song of the Wild" are delightfully lo-fi. Approach this album with low expectations and you might be rewarded.

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