Volume 3 in the series of Sun City Girls singles, compilations, and rare tracks consists of material recorded between the mid-1980s and early 1990s. Much of this collection reflects the Arabic guitar instrumental and acoustic pseudo-Asian vocal folk styles of the band from the period when they recorded relentlessly. The 14 cuts vary wildly in scope yet maintain a consistent listening experience throughout, bridging a wide gap between the band's second full-length LP, Grotto of Miracles ("Gum Arabic" being the only true outtake from that recording session), in 1986 and the 1993 launch of the group's Abduction label after the band relocated from Phoenix to Seattle. All four tracks from the Eye Mohini single as well as all six tracks from the Borungku Si Derita double single are included here, the latter featuring a vicious rehearsal version of "Esoterica of Abyssynia" with a rare captured occurrence of both Bishop brothers playing electric guitars. The remaining two tracks from the Three Fake Female Orgasms double single not included in Volume 2 of this series are present along with the extremely rare studio version of "Kickin' the Dragon" from a triple 7" box set released by an obscure Bay Area label in 1994. The disc is rounded out by a 10-minute live track from the Heinz Afterworld Lounge in Oakland from 1992 where SCG closed the show with a heavy and ecstatic version of "The Flower" from their Torch of the Mystics LP. As in the previous two volumes of this series, this is sequenced to play as a full album and is an excellent entry point for the non-initiated into a band that produced as diverse and intimidating a back catalog as any other entity in modern music.
released March 25, 2015
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