Song of the day: Max Merritt And The Meteors – "Been Away Too Long"

Quite a while ago I played you Max Merritt & The Meteors‘ version of the oft-covered “Hey, Western Union Man“.

I’m glad I played it to you, and not just because it’s my favourite version of the song. I’m glad because a chap by the name of Brian (Hi, Brian!) left a comment saying that he’s about to release an album of a 1969 Max Merritt & The Meteors concert that was taped by two teenagers (one of them was Brian) then lost, forgotten about, remembered, found, digitised, mastered, and made ready for release.

The album, Been Away Too Long, is being released on 30 April. (Or April 30 if you’re from the United States of Americans. But regardless of where you live – and how you display dates – the album will be available everywhere from the 30th day in April.)

Thanks to Brian (and Bandcamp), you can hear it here:

I like how raucous it is.

By the way, the LosTraxx Records website will give you more than everything you’ll ever need to know about the album and the grand adventure of how it eventually came to be.

Thanks, Brian!

Update: The Thing I Completely Forgot About

Brian just informed me that the album will be available from April 30.

Why didn’t I mention that in the post? [Insert emoticon of man slapping forehead here.]

Update II: You Can Ignore The First Update

I’ve just discovered that I did mention the album’s release date. (It’s in the third paragraph.) And it goes to show how much attention I pay to my own posts.

Max Merritt & The Meteors official website
Max Merritt & The Meteors on Bandcamp
LosTraxx Records website
LosTraxx Records on Facebook


7 Responses to Song of the day: Max Merritt And The Meteors – "Been Away Too Long"

  1. Brian Lewis says:

    Peter, what a great way to present the album to your readership, I am very impressed, proud and humbled.

  2. Brian Lewis says:

    Also, the album is available everywhere in Australia and New Zealand April 30th too.

  3. Peter says:

    Thanks, Brian.

  4. Chris Baker says:

    Hi Peter,
    Thanks for presenting the album, we appreciate your support. For your readers info, the album is distributed in Australia by Press Play Music and available for pre order here

    Discounted for pre orders and downloads available now.

    Chris Baker
    Press Play Music

  5. Peter says:

    Thanks for lettin' us know, Chris. I'll just shorten that link for you: That'll take you to the pre-order page.

  6. Global LosTraxx Sale in July, anyone can participate.

    Name Your Own Digital Album Price – No Minimum.

    Name Your Own CD Price – $5 Minimum plus shipping.

    Direct from LosTraxx – All Australian & NZ CD orders are fulfilled by Press Play Music and they collect all the profit on the sale.

  7. Peter says:

    Thanks for that, young Brian. I'll just make that link live for you, and…

    Max Merritt fans, leap on that link!

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