Godspeed You Black Emporer – “F♯ A♯ ∞” LP
Dating from 1997, the vinyl debut from Montreal’s experimental music collective and post-rock legends. The band took its name from a 1976 Japanese documentary which follows the exploits of a Japanese biker gang, the Black Emperors. An anomalous album, abstract and dramatic – over the top, sure, but groundbreaking, too. Wide screen soundtracks to the apocalypse (did it ever arrive? too soon to tell…). Amazingly, this is still in press with the same packaging: embossed card sleeve with a photo (three different images – train, water tower, highway lights) glued to the front, complete with inserts and goody bag/envelope within. A real act of dedication. Respect.