Artist: Neil Campbell
Title: Wheel Ramble
Format: 10" Clear Vinyl
Label: No Label
Catalogue Number: n/a
Year of Release: 1996?
A Wheel Ramble
B Real Scramble
I have something of an obsession with The Vibracathedral Orchestra. When I see something of theirs, especially on vinyl, especially if I don't already have it (and sometimes, even if I do) I must buy it. In 2002 I was perusing a sadly now defunct record shop on Morrison Street in Edinburgh (who may even, at the time, have been having a closing down sale) and I came across this 10" single from founder member of VCO for an astonishing 99p. I had no cash on me, and found nothing else to buy, and so paid for it with a debit card. The owner sighed, and mentioned that the fees for processing the debit card transaction would probably mean he'd lose money on the sale. I offered to go and get some cash, but he rejected the offer with the kind of rolling of the eyes that no doubt kept him in business all those years. I signed (those were the days), and left. His loss was very much my gain.
Each side features 10+ minutes of feedback, picks and squeals, ending suddenly. On Wheel Ramble Neil is joined by another avant-garde guitarist Jeff Fuccillo, although Jeff only contributes "hi-fi" to this track. I therefore take it he is responsible for all the radio-tuning-type noises. The various guitar parts resolve into an excellent sitar-like drone at the end, and the radio interference emulates synthesizer effects to good effect.
On Real Scramble Neil is joined by former A Band colleague Stewart Walden, still recording as Steward Walden and collaborating with Neil on a recent CD Cucumber Sandwich for Campbell's own Music Mundane label. Stewart brings a loop of some kind to the mix - my guess is it's the stretched-tape sounds that play at the start and towards the end, framing the improvised guitar noises.
I'm also guessing at the release date, as both tracks were recorded in May 1996, and as to how limited this release was, let's just say - stupidly. Stupidly, maybe even incredibly limited private pressing.