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Fascinating piece (not an awful lot gets revealed that we didn't already, but there are one or two insights, and just the fact that MD agreed to this is amazing in itself). I hope what reaction follows in the wake of this interview is positive enough not to dispirit Deebank to the point where he disappears from view again. I like Lawrence a lot, but it's high time the other major player in the Felt story told his side of things. I always considered them a band with two leaders or guiding-lights or what have you, but there's a danger that if the Felt history is left in the hands of Lawrence. his sometimes slanted version of events becomes gospel. When you think about it, Primitive Painters had to have been primarily Maurice's creation - the parts in the interview where he discusses the early influences on him, and his view of what music as an expressive art is or should be, just serve to strengthen what you already felt (arf), but maybe hadn't fully credited before. Surely Lawrence and the others could never have concocted such a grandiose, almost proggy swirl of sound without MD at the helm (and the input of Guthrie and Fraser). And they never really concocted anything like it again, did they.
It's interesting Rich that you mention the input of Guthrie and Fraser in Primitive Painters - and particularly Guthrie here. My favourite review on the latest reissues comes from Jimi Fletcher on his blog Fletch Talks - this is the review for the whole catalogue.....
and this is his review on the Ignite "de-mix"
Jimi Fletcher opines that the new version of "Ignite" is a bit of a mess because only part of the album was remixed. For me it's quite telling that the only vocal track that stayed as Guthrie mixed it was "Primitive Painters". The grandiosity of the track for me is as much to do with Guthrie's mix as it was with Deebank's guitar work. I wonder what the results would have been like if this song had been remixed in the same way as the others. Personally I feel that it may have been left too stark, clinical, and sparse. Overall I feel that Guthrie's original mixes win the day over the new versions - they bring the kind of atmosphere to Felt that Maurice alludes to wishing for in the interview - but "That's just me" to quote another track on the album LOL.
When you think about it, Primitive Painters had to have been primarily Maurice's creation
Lawrence said as much in his Record Collector interview in 1993:
Amazing interview Crystal (nice name too).
There's so much more to be said, more for Maurice to say.
We're getting a glimpse and a understanding of what was happening and the mood.
That's very true.