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Robert Forster / Danger In The Past and Calling From A Country Phone

Long unavailable solo albums to be reissued by Needle Mythology • Vinyl available with SIGNED lyric sheets • Remastered CDs with bonus tracks

Robert Forster, the ex-Go-Betweens singer-songwriter, is to reissue his first two solo albums this March.

The albums – Danger In The Past and Calling From A Country Phone – are the fourth and fifth releases from Pete Paphides’ Needle Mythology label. These were first issued in 1990 and 1993 respectively, and have been long out of print and indeed, this campaign also heralds the debut of Calling From A Country Phone on vinyl.

It’s been a busy old time for Forster of late, following a 2019 which saw a new album Inferno, and the release of the well-received box set G is for Go-Betweens Vol. 2.

1990’s Danger In The Past was originally recorded in Berlin with a cast of Bad Seeds alumni such as Mick Harvey (producer, multi-instrumentalist), Hugo Race (guitar) and Thomas Wydler (drums) while Calling From A Country Phone saw Robert return to Brisbane and the same studio where most of the early Go-Betweens gear had been recorded.

These vinyl reissues are issued on heavyweight vinyl (pressed at The Vinyl Factory), are housed in a gatefold sleeve and each comes with a bonus seven-inch single; Danger In The Past has ‘The Land That Time Forgot’ / ‘Falling Star’, and Calling From A Country Phone features ‘Lonely Boy’ / ‘Brookfield 1975’. The CDs append these songs to the albums as ‘hidden’ bonus tracks, and come with a 16 page booklet.

Forster himself has been fully involved on these reissues contributing new sleeve notes and unearthing old photographs.

Curator Paphides has been particularly effusive about the remastering undertaken by Sean Magee at Abbey Road, saying his work “dramatically revealed a depth and physicality to these recordings that casts new light on Robert’s intentions for these records. Calling From A Country Phone, in particular, is a revelation. It’s as though an invisible membrane between listener and songs has been removed.”

Both albums are now available to pre-order on either format via Needle Mythology’s official store. CDs come with a Needle Mythology badge pack while vinyl purchasers get the badges and a SIGNED lyric sheet. Bundles also available!

Danger In The Past and Calling From A Country Phone are released by Needle Mythology on 27 March 2020



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ROBERT FORSTER / DANGER IN THE PAST vinyl LP

Heavyweight vinyl pressing (@ Vinyl Factory) plus bonus 7”, housed in a gatefold sleeve featuring The Land That Time Forgot and, for the first time on vinyl, Falling Star. The CD comes with 12-page colour booklet.

Side One:

1. Baby Stones
2. The River People
3. Leave Here Satisfied
4. Heart Out to Tender
5. Is This What You Call Change

Side Two:

6. Dear Black Dream
7. Danger in the Past
8. I’ve Been Looking for Somebody
9. Justice

Bonus 7”

A1. The Land That Time Forgot
B1. Falling Star

ROBERT FORSTER / DANGER IN THE PAST CD edition

1. Baby Stones
2. The River People
3. Leave Here Satisfied
4. Heart Out to Tender
5. Is This What You Call Change
6. Dear Black Dream
7. Danger in the Past
8. I’ve Been Looking for Somebody
9. Justice
10. The Land That Time Forgot*
11. Falling Star*

*Hidden bonus tracks.

ROBERT FORSTER / CALLING FROM A COUNTRY PHONE  vinyl LP

First time ever on vinyl for Calling From A Country Phone, CD has been out of print for over a decade. The album features revised artwork featuring unseen photos and brand new sleeve notes from Robert Forster. Heavyweight vinyl pressing (@ Vinyl Factory) plus bonus 7”, housed in a gatefold sleeve. First time on vinyl for the 7” bonus material – Lonely Boy and Brookfield 1975. The CD comes with 16 page 4 colour booklet.

SIDE 1

1. Atlanta Lie Low
2. 121
3. The Circle
4. Falling Star
5. I Want to Be Quiet

SIDE 2

6. Cat’s Life
7. Girl to a World
8. Drop
9. Beyond Their Law
10. Forever & Time

BONUS 7” Single

A1. Lonely Boy
B1. Brookfield 1975

ROBERT FORSTER / CALLING FROM A COUNTRY PHONE CD edition

1. Atlanta Lie Low
2. 121
3. The Circle
4. Falling Star
5. I Want to Be Quiet
6. Cat’s Life
7. Girl to a World
8. Drop
9. Beyond Their Law
10. Forever & Time
11. Lonely Boy*
12. Brookfield 1975*

*Hidden bonus tracks.

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