Fire Records re-issues the rare and regarded 'Black Out' recording from 1993. Forged
from the embers of the recording session which was 'Purge & Slouch' , and wholly
acoustic, this collection of takes was originally released only in Germany. 'Black Out' sits
proudly amidst the Giant Sand re-issue project.
"When we gathered for the grand experiment of 'purge & slouch" Howe Gelb recalls, "the
idea of which was to record without having written anything prior for it . Some actual
songs did pop out , perhaps for the sake of warm-up or while mics were being wired ..
maybe just for the sake of vigorous deployment .. re-living some old songs there and
then, we bundled em up after the fact for what would become "stromausfall" instead."
"This was a limited batch release on a small german label who took my original title
"black out" and translated it .. the idea being that this is the sound that would happen
during one .. songs without electricity attached". Since then, most of that original
pressing made in germany has mysteriously self destructed so it is with pleasure we have
the opportunity to release the album again, including a bonus piano track for when the
city goes dark.