Crazy Ed For Governor: Live From Crazy Ed’s (1973)
God bless the internet. It always catches up and surpasses your expectations. Sometimes you just have to wait. This album was released in 1973. I’ve owned it since 1997 and I’ve had no idea what it was or why it came to happen despite a few Googlings – until just very recently. Now I know that “Crazy Ed” was American restaurant owner/operator Ed Chilleen and in the 70s he had this album made as a souvenir for customers (presumably) to celebrate the Crazy Ed restaurant’s house band. This was somewhere in the Phoenix area as I understand it – and even found this blog post which tells some of the tale. I had listened to it a few times over the last twenty years, always wondering just why and how it existed – there is no information on the cover at all, the front cover is basically a bumper sticker on a white cardboard sleeve. There’s a tracklisting on the record labels and that is it. So how did I even come to own this curio? Well that’s a story too. I was in my first record-store gig, working late nights in Manners Mall and a guy came in and asked if we bought second hand LPs. He reckoned he had a heap of techno and drum’n’bass LPs he was desperate to offload. I told him the store didn’t take such items – we only sold new. But added that I might be interested, I was working on building up a record collection and newly enthused by trance and drum’n’bass and techno since it was big at the time and we played a lot of it instore and a few of the co-workers were teaching me about key labels and artists. So this guy came back with about 40-50 records and told me he wanted $125. I talked him down to $60. And it wasn’t until he was long gone and I was left holding a Robert Miles Dreamland LP (a new release at the time) and a random bunch of other records that I clicked to the fact that these were likely stolen. So I’ve felt strange about that. And I doubt I retain very many from that grab – I’ve jettisoned them with time, though there were a few drum’n’bass and techno gems – including True People: The Detroit Techno Album boxset of 12ers”. The other option of course was that it wasn’t a stolen collection merely a guy that was trying to be a DJ, teaching himself to cut, paste and mix and then in a moment of realisation he gave up. Maybe thinking that makes me feel better. Anyway, Crazy Ed’s is part of this crazy story. I have for years wondered what the fuck this record was – and why it existed. And now I know. And you do too.
Sample Track: Pine Top Boogie
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