Tar were an uncompromising prolific Chicago four piece band from 1988 to 1995 who put out many records and toured the US and Europe frequently with the likes of The Jesus Lizard, Arcwelder, Unsane, Surgery, and Jawbox.
Over thirty years since the original releases, Tar’s first three 12″ records are being reissued. Co-released by the band’s No Blow Records and Chunklet Industries, the Handsome EP and full length LPs Roundhouse and Jackson are being rediscovered. All three records were remastered and cut to lacquer by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service. The artwork was painstakingly reimagined and recreated by the band’s drummer, Mike Greenlees.
This music has withstood the test of time. With the stunning remastering and 180gm pressing at Chicago’s Smashed Plastic pressing plant, this is no regular reissue. With exacting detail, the highest quality and attention to detail, the listener and fans are invited to truly reexperience these releases anew. It’s time to celebrate Tar. Again.
Only available individually on black vinyl. Includes download card.
Recorded at Chicago Recording Company in beautiful downtown Chicago in July, 1991 by Steve Albini. All songs and sounds by Tar (Tartar Music, BMI).
These are not in the proper order: Nothing good here…should have stirred…take you out…then it’s gone…it’s all true…with the brim of your hat…I know your work…wait to win…it’s just an idea…I don’t understand.
Front cover photograph by James Crump. Trickery by Steve.
Aluminum guitar and bass built by Ian Schneller over at Specimen Products, now in Humboldt Park.
Tar on this record is: John Mohr: Guitar and vocals. Mark Zablocki: Guitar. Mike Greenlees: Drums, graphics and notes. Tom Zaluckyj: Bass.
Mastered at CMS over by Garfield Park, by Bob Weston.
Originally released in 1991 on Amphetamine Reptile Records. Thank you, Haze.
The hands of progress: Henry Owings.
Graphics and notes: CESB.
A NO BLOW RECORDS + CHUNKLET INDUSTRIES RELEASE
MANUFACTURED & ASSEMBLED IN U.S.A.
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