Blaze of Glory is the debut album by Game Theorya California power pop band fronted by guitarist and singer-songwriter Scott Miller. A remastered version with 15 bonus tracks was released in September by Omnivore Recordings. Alternate Learning was based in Sacramento and Davis, and frequently performed at U.
Davis until it was officially disbanded by Miller in May With a lack of funds to both press the album and print a jacket, the band packaged a thousand copies of the LP in white plastic trash bags with photocopied cover art glued to each bag.
The album opens with an emotionless female voice stating, "Game Theory: Blaze of Gl—," before the title is abruptly cut off by "layers of chimes and oscillating synths," which, according to critic Franklin Brunoraised immediate confusion as to whether this was a pop album or an experimental one, causing the listener to question "whether you'll be hearing songs at all.
All of the songs from Blaze of Glory were included on the Distortion of Glory compilation CD by Alias Recordswith some changes from the original release. In JulyOmnivore Recordings announced their reissue of an expanded version of Blaze of Gloryremastered from the original tapes, which was released on September 2, on CD and vinyl. In addition to the 12 original tracks, the reissue was supplemented with 15 bonus tracks four from Alternate Learningand 11 previously unissued recordings.
Dan Vallor, as co-producer of the reissue, supervised the remastering of Blaze of Glory from the original tapes. According to Vallor, who was Game Theory's tour manager in the s, Miller expressed "mixed feelings about his early work. At times he was convinced it was best not revisited, and at other times he appreciated that it could stand on its own. His uncertainty was borne of rigorous standards he set for himself as a writer and as a musician.
But his work from the very start shows Crayons - Sludgeplow - Coleslaw unrelenting creative energy rarely matched by his contemporaries.
In the liner notes of the reissue, Fred Juhos stated that Blaze of Glory "foreshadows Scott's other recordings admirably. Within it, I hear some of Scott's freshest material. It's innocent and contains no hint of the jaded cynicism found in his later work.
Harvard professor Stephen Burtwriting inconsidered this album "true to the visceral power, the sexual charge, in guitar-based Anglo-American pop" while simultaneously exemplifying "the wordy awkwardness Davis, but the location was altered for the sake of scansion and a better rhyme.
At the outset of "Sleeping Through Heaven," according to The Big TakeoverJuhos' bass and "Nancy Becker's period-appropriate synthesizer chords and countermelodies" dominated Miller's The Great Train Robbery - Black Uhuru - The Great Train Robbery voice in the mix," until Miller raised his voice to sing "with growing confidence in a way that suggests facing fears and emerging victorious," bringing a defiant edge to the chorus, "I want to go bang on every door and say, 'Wake up, you're sleeping through heaven.
In 's All Music Guide: Tass Lben - Alpella Definitive Guide to Popular Musiccritic Chris Woodstra called Blaze of Glory "a pleasant amalgam of '60s pure pop and the quirkier elements of new wave" that "only hinted at the band's potential.
According to Trouser Pressthe album was a "promising debut" with "awfully thin sound and more enthusiasm Something To Show - Game Theory - Blaze Of Glory skill. Inprior to the reissue, Omnivore Recordings wrote that Blaze of Glory displayed the origins of the "power-pop mixed with new-wave sensibilities" for which Game Theory was later to be known, with hints of "the upcoming Paisley Underground sound that would take California by storm,"  According to CMJon Blaze of GloryMiller's "primitive electro sounds" and jangle pop displayed "a wee hint of punk residue, sounding today like a indie-pop band landing inmutated, from a Star Trek transporter.
Reviewing the reissue, Blurt ' s Michael Toland described Blaze of Glory as "that special kind of debut album — not perfect, perhaps, but boiling over with so many ideas and so much talent it makes you eager to hear where the band goes with the rest of its career. Considered somewhat raw, even amateurish, at the time of its original release, the record sounds far more accomplished in retrospect. The low budget nature of the production would be in vogue 15 years later, and Something To Show - Game Theory - Blaze Of Glory sonics indicate a band that knew how to make the most of its time in the studio.
More importantly, Miller's vision for Game Theory — a masterful blend of the catchy, synth-frosted new wave of the day with a 60s-inspired approach to psychedelic arrangements and atmosphere, garnished by lyrics more concerned with Something To Show - Game Theory - Blaze Of Glory than meaning — was there from the beginning, springing fully formed from Miller's brow like Athena bursting forth from Zeus ' noggin.
Tinkly synthesizers Something To Show - Game Theory - Blaze Of Glory in and out of jangling guitar paintings, while Miller's inimitable voice — high, keening, edging into a whine but never quite getting there — croons over the top. The rhythm section bounces gracefully between caffeinated bop and elastic shimmy, supporting Miller's whimsy wherever it leads.
According to Wilfully Obscurethe debut "charts the slyly esoteric path that Game Something To Show - Game Theory - Blaze Of Glory were poised to venture off on," and "boasts some profoundly great signature tunes" in a "stunning reissue. The London music magazine Uncutin its review of the reissue, wrote:. Blaze of Glorycircathough, was early days. Frenzied and unfocused, but abuzz with hooks atop more hooks, with one might say more sonic ideas than places to put them, it plays like a try-out for the varsity.
Erudite yet playful, lo-fi yet dense, Miller's songs arrive from a million different angles. When it all unspools fully realised — e. Others, like "Tin Scarecrow" and "Mary Magdalene", might be too overflowing and grandiose for their own good, but fascinating all the same.
At its zenith, Miller's songwriting brims with the ebullience of youth, whether rewriting notions of romance — the swirling, carnivalesque "Date With An Angel" — or gallantly philosophising, via righteous critique of the decay brought on by adulthood, as on the timeless beauty of "Sleeping Through Heaven". Guest musicians: . Production credits: . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Game Theory. Hal Leonard Corp. Summer Archived frontback from the original at Cover Art Archive.
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