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Postcards from the Edge: Mind & Matter, 1977
August 22, 2013, 8:57 am
Filed under: Mind & Matter, Purple Snow

In March of 1977, Mind & Matter completed the final mixes of “Sunshine Lady” and “I’m Under Your Spell,” which would share sides of the group’s self-released 45. Tracked at Creation Studios on Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington, Minnesota, one forward thinking bandmate thought enough of the occasion to bring a camera to the recording session. The prints survived for decades, and were digitized sometime around the advent of the consumer photo scanner. Sadly, those prints have since disappeared. While the digital files were too small to properly reproduce in Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound or the band’s dedicated release Mind & Matter: 1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement), they capture the mighty band mid-flight, offering an intimate glimpse into one of the most sought after artifacts from the dawn of Minneapolis Sound.









Mastered from the original 1/4-inch stereo mix, “I’m Under Your Spell” and “Sunshine Lady” will appear on Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound. Closing out said compilation will be “No One Else Can Do It To Me Baby,” which opens Mind & Matter: 1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement), a bundle of endearing demos tracked by the band in the Fall of 1977. Preorders are available here for CD and LP.

The tease: Mind & Matter revealed
July 31, 2013, 1:41 pm
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NUM050.5_Mind&Matter_CoverMuch has been said about our massive 050 Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound collection, but creeping up behind that thunderhead is another front. Assigned the supplementary but by no means diminutive 05012 catalog number, 1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement) is an extraordinary full-length, subterranean set from Mind & Matter (best known as Jimmy Jam Harris’ first band), recently restored and carefully prepared for deployment on LP and CD. That’s Jam himself, front and center, looking basically like he doesn’t even have a Roland SH1000 holding down his teenage frame.