Skafish: Skafish DLX RM US CD 
- Joan Fan Club
- Maybe One Time
- Obsessions Of You
- We’ll See A Psychiatrist
- Romantic Lessons
- Work Song
- Guardian Angel
- Disgracing The Family Name
- No Liberation Here
- Take It Out On You
- Sink Or Swim
A little over three years ago, I reported that the debut album by Jim Skafish, one of the earliest releases by I.R.S. Records, and definitely one of the idiosyncratic eddies of the American New Wave, had reverted to Skafish’s ownership. He set about making a new remaster and wanted to get this work out into the world again. And now, its time has come. I just got word a few days ago that Skafish has begun a Kickstarter campaign to allay the reproduction costs of the CD production. His goal was not to make profit necessarily, but to get the CD made at cost. An honorable aim! The campaign began five days ago and I’m happy to report that the campaign is closing in on double its modest goal already.
So that’s great news, there. On the other hand, three years ago the non-LP B-side to the “Obsessions Of You” [above] US 7″ was a track called “Sink Or Swim.’ At the time, it had not been mooted as part of the project, but in the interim, the decision was made to add it to the project. Mastering engineer Trevor Sadler [Tony Levin, Sheila Chandra, NIN] obtained two sealed copies of “Skafish” to draw upon as mastering source 35 years later. Along the way, clean copies of the “Obsessions Of You” single must have been obtained as well. Then the decision was: how do we tweak the vinyl for mastering? They could opt for a “flat transfer” and reproduce the vinyl with utmost fidelity; remembering that the original master tape was shaped and molded sonically for its eventual home on PVC. Or the EQ could be radically recast for its new home on CD and DL. After mulling the decision, the goal was not to make it sound radically different, just a better version of what it always was. These are questions I wrestle with myself when mastering from vinyl [not that I’ve done any of that lately!]
Of course a Kickstarter campaign has various levels of buy-in. This time there are several options.
- DL only – $10
- CD/DL – $15
- Autographed CD/DL – $25
- Autographed Poster + CD/DL – $35
- Album Cover T-shirt/Autographed CD/DL – $50
- Fan Pack – all of the above – $75
- Super Fan Pack – All of the above plus album postcard, sticker, 15 minute Skype call with Jim Skafish – $125
There are still 25 days to go on the campaign and some high rollers have grabbed up some of the high end packages. I was looking just for a CD and I was going to “sweeten the pot” with more than the scanty $15 asked, but the T-shirt package really taunts me. The notion of that powerful image on a T-shirt really makes a statement. I have enough in sales from my Discogs store to pledge for the CD now. But the notion of that T-shirt tempts me. We’ll see where this trend goes, but in the meantime, anyone pining for the high-impact psychodrama that Skafish bought to the plate need only hit that button below.
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