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Black Tango album out on CD

Black Tango‘s 7-song album, Maggots in the Icing, is now available through Amazon’s CD on demand service (in addition to the earlier release on most digital services).

There are two ways to purchase the CD from Amazon:

  • The main Amazon site using your Amazon account.
  • Amazon’s subsidiary, Createspace. On this site you can use discount code ARCH5V3L to save $5 off the list price.

See the album’s page (Maggots in the Icing) for more information and full sample tracks.

In the Works – Black Tango’s Album Reissue

The first Normal Heights Records project is a re-issue of the 1986 cassette-only release of Black Tango‘s 7-song album, Maggots in the Icing. If all goes well, the album will be available via all the digital outlets (iTunes, AmazonMP3, etc.) and Amazon CD On-Demand in mid-April 2013.

The tracks were recorded at Normal Heights Studios from January through March, 1986. A Tascam 38 half-inch 8-track recorder was used, mixed on a Studiomaster 12-2c mixing desk, with a few external effects — delay, reverb and compression. The DX drums were synced on one track and recorded direct to the stereo cassette master.

Analog to digital conversion was performed using the original stereo cassette master. Other than typical normalization, no changes were made to the overall sound.

Nearly all the original cassette sleeve artwork will be incorporated into the new CD sleeve design, with the addition of a few photos from the period.

Let’s Get Started

Normal Heights Records is a new record label based in San Diego. The focus is on the post-punk era in this region, roughly 1979 to 1989. The aim is to get currently unavailable material out via streaming, downloads, and CD on-demand.