This is a long-overdue CD release! And an essential piece of 1980s pop history.
I was at the release party for the original vinyl LP, which I used to own and which I stupidly sold at some point in the past and which is now worth about a hundred bucks.
I was living in NY City when this band came out and knew some of the people in some of the bands, especially the Student Teachers. The Student Teachers were a power-pop band with a very wistful yet powerful sound. They are one of the more obscure bands on the record.
One band is still going strong: the Fleshtones. They haven't changed much during the past quarter century. These two songs exist in other versions: the Fleshtones produced their own low-budget versions in the 1970s and they were redone when they eventually signed with a major label--- but they sound the best here!
The Bloodless Pharaohs are sort of an early version of the Stray Cats: the Stray Cats were a spinoff from this band, which is not rockabilly at all. In any case, this is Brian Setzer's first record. He is not responsible for the spooky vocals which sound like a moose on PCP.
Finally, we have the Comateens, who sound much better here than they did in concert or on an album which appeared several years later. "Late Night City" is a perfect little bouncy synth-pop single and a joyous love song about NYC at night (written at a time when the city was dangerous and unfashionable.) And we also have the Revelons, a rootsy outfit whose lead singer's day job was actually a night job: he was one of the sound and lighting dudes at CBGBs.
This CD seems to have been mastered off a vinyl copy -- you can hear scratches and surface noise. Maybe the original multi-track master tapes couldn't be found, and this was the only way to issue 2x5 on CD. But it's a shoddy approach, and the CD should come with a warning sticker: MASTERED FROM VINYL.