Okay all you Poor Old Lu fans that have searched the world over for
a copy of Star-Studded-Super-Step and were willing to pay outrageous
prices for it just to make your collection complete . . . here is your
chance to get one hot off the press. Or if you were just curious
how Poor Old Lu sounded in the beginning, but didn't hold a hope of getting
your hands on this rare gem, now you can find out too. ...Super-Step
has been re-released by Alarma Records just for your edification.
There's only one problem . . . it's not all there! The original ...Super-Step
was released on tape in 1992, and re-released on CD in 1995 with some extra
tracks. That 1995 CD is a coveted trophy, and will continue to be
so. It contained 10 tracks and 14 bonus tracks. The new re-re-release
has all ten of the original tracks, but only four of the ten bonus tracks
from the 1995 re-release. Unlike the indie '95 release, though, we
get lyrics included in the liner notes this time. And if all this release,
re-release, and re-re-release is confusing, don't feel bad, you're not
By Mark Aylor
It's a little weird to be reviewing this now, since I'm one of the lucky few to have owned it for a couple years already. Long a highly searched-for underground release, it's now being re-released for fans after the band's demise. Joy!
The 24 tracks on the disc are split into two parts--the first 10 being their original demo and the latter 14 being some more demo tracks and "have-fun-in-the-studio" type stuff. Of the first 10 demo songs, six are previously unreleased, three are on Mindsize, and one is on Sin ("Cannon Fire Orange"). The latter 14 tracks consist of three more unreleased songs (one of them done with two different mixes), four more Mindsize demos, and six tracks of humor and half-songs. The unreleased songs might as well have been on Mindsize, though, since they feature the same groovy, psychedelic Seattle fuzz 'n wah guitar tones, distinctive vocals, cool percussion/drumming, and retro basslines. The demo-quality production, while definitely above average, matches well with the band's looseness here to give them more of a late 60s/early 70s sound than any of their other albums.
All in all, this is well worth purchasing, especially for those who enjoyed Poor Old Lu's first couple albums. This type of material (demo reissues/bootleg/live stuff) often disappoints me, but the amount of unreleased material here and differing details in the familiar songs make this an exception to the rule (otherwise I would have sold it when I could have gotten big bucks for it). Good stuff.
By Josh Spencer