The Greyboy Allstars have a new single, “December’s Bicycle”, which is set to appear on the forthcoming reissue of their second studio album, A Town Called Earth, due to release on September 16th via the band’s own Knowledge Room Recordings in collaboration with Light In The Attic. Along with the single, the band shared a live video of the song from its hometown show at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, just outside of San Diego, on November 27th, 2021.
Originally released in the summer of 1997 as the follow up to the band’s 1994 breakthrough debut West Coast Boogaloo, A Town Called Earth has become a classic album documenting The Greyboy Allstars’ groovy fusion of funk, boogaloo, soul, jazz, R&B, and more. Saxophonist Karl Denson, keyboardist Robert Walter, guitarist Mike Andrews, a.k.a. Elgin Park, bassist Chris Stillwell, and founding drummer Zak Najor (whose seat is now occupied by current drummer Aaron Redfield) recorded the album over a sprawling ten-day session at San Francisco’s Hyde Street Studios with engineer Mickey Petralia. Until now, the groundbreaking recording was unavailable on streaming platforms, but the band will celebrate the album’s 25-year anniversary by reissuing it on digital streaming platforms and vinyl.
“A Town Called Earth features the original 1996 ten-track album supplemented by the previously unreleased ‘Cassiopeia’s Chair’, a tight yet breezy groover with a touch of the band’s skewed, cosmic sensibilities,” the band said in a press release. “The vinyl reissue, dubbed A Town Called Earth: Immortal Edition, was remastered from the original analog source tapes by Dave Cooley and Phillip Rodriguez at Elysian Masters. It was pressed on 180-gram audiophile, earth swirl color vinyl and packaged with an 18×24” color poster and features original liner notes by legendary funk trombonist Fred Wesley. Only 2000 copies of the double-LP set will be issued.”
Watch The Greyboy Allstars perform “December’s Bicycle” live at the Belly Up in 2021 below. The original album version of the track is available on all streaming platforms. Pre-order A Town Called Earth here.
The Greyboy Allstars – “December’s Bicycle” Live At The Belly Up – 11/27/21
A Town Called Earth Tracklist:
1. Turnip’s Big Move
2. Planet of the Superkids
3. Happy Friends
4. The Many Moods of Erik Newson
5. Quantico, VA
6. Toys R Us
7. A Town Called Earth
8. December’s Bicycle
9. Blues for Celia (Cee Cee’s Blues)
11. Cassiopeia’s Chair