Oh Sees Release New Box Set Of 8-Track Tapes

by Bill McCool on 11/25/2019 | 2 Minute Read

The Oh Sees have been a lot of things over their music career. For starters, they’ve also been the OCS, Thee Oh Sees, The Ohsees, and The Oh Sees, and they’ve played everything from lo-fi garage rock and pysch to proto-metal and prog. Jon Dwyer, living argument for strapping your guitar as high as possible, has always been the one constant since 2003 (well, him and a blistering, punishing live show), and now they’re releasing a retrospective box-set that will have the rock n’ roll kids scrambling for an 8-track player on eBay

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Dwyer and company are set to release a super-limited 12-album box set on 8-track tapes. The band manufactured 100 sets, and only 60 of them will go on sale (the rest go to the group and everyone who worked on this behemoth of a box set).

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Selling at an incredibly high $420, no one is making any cash on the release (unless, you know, eBay) as the box set was costly to make because of the handmade nature of this labor of love. Every single 8-track in the collection was reconditioned by hand in Texas, all from cartridges and tapes some 40-plus years old. According to the band, “that means that these 8-tracks have been beat up and played in old pickup trucks for decades, they are NOT going to be mint condition.” 

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This lovingly curated box set features artwork by Elzo Durt (who also did the cover for Carrion Crawler) and comes jam-packed with over 8 hours of tunes, a 36-page fanzine, posters, patches, stickers, and buttons. Sorry, kids, Warm Slime and the newly-released Face Stabber didn’t make the cut, but all the other greats are there like Floating Coffin and Putrifiers II.

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Anyway, I’ve got to return all of my children’s Christmas presents so I can buy this now. It’s available today, and there are only 60 copies available, so I kinda have to get on that.

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