The Residents - The Complete Mole Trilogy pREServed - 6CD
Between 1981 and 1985 The Residents embarked on what would become the infamous, ultimately incomplete 'Mole Trilogy'.
Intended to tell the story of two colliding cultures - the Moles and the Chubs - via the mediums of narrative storytelling and recreations of the music of those societies, the project took the band into unchartered musical territory, into the concert halls of the USA and Europe for the first time and, legend has it, to the brink of collapse. Produced with The Cryptic Corporation using archival tapes supplied by The Residents themselves, this set presents, for the first time, all known recordings related to the 'Mole' saga - namely the albums Mark Of The Mole, The Tunes Of Two Cities and The Big Bubble, as well as live recordings, unreleased material, rehearsal room recordings, alternate mixes, demos and a selection of recordings which may or may not comprise part of the legendary, unreleased Part Three of the trilogy.
A significant leap, both sonically and conceptually, from their 1970s work, the Mole Trilogy proves to be the link between the freewheeling, avant-garde leanings of The Residents' early material and the concept-driven, electronically produced music they would explore in the latter half of the 1980s and beyond. Packed with almost three hours (by our count) of previously unreleased music, this set is a must-hear for fans of San Francisco's most infamous and increasingly unfathomable quartet.