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Robert Forster / Danger In The Past and Calling From A Country Phone reissued

Long unavailable solo albums to be reissued by Needle Mythology • Vinyl available with SIGNED lyric sheets • Remastered CDs with bonus tracks

Robert Forster, the ex-Go-Betweens singer-songwriter, is to reissue his first two solo albums this March.

The albums – Danger In The Past and Calling From A Country Phone – are the fourth and fifth releases from Pete Paphides’ Needle Mythology label. These were first issued in 1990 and 1993 respectively, and have been long out of print and indeed, this campaign also heralds the debut of Calling From A Country Phone on vinyl.

It’s been a busy old time for Forster of late, following a 2019 which saw a new album Inferno, and the release of the well-received box set G is for Go-Betweens Vol. 2.

1990’s Danger In The Past was originally recorded in Berlin with a cast of Bad Seeds alumni such as Mick Harvey (producer, multi-instrumentalist), Hugo Race (guitar) and Thomas Wydler (drums) while Calling From A Country Phone saw Robert return to Brisbane and the same studio where most of the early Go-Betweens gear had been recorded.

These vinyl reissues are issued on heavyweight vinyl (pressed at The Vinyl Factory), are housed in a gatefold sleeve and each comes with a bonus seven-inch single; Danger In The Past has ‘The Land That Time Forgot’ / ‘Falling Star’, and Calling From A Country Phone features ‘Lonely Boy’ / ‘Brookfield 1975’. The CDs append these songs to the albums as ‘hidden’ bonus tracks, and come with a 16 page booklet.

Forster himself has been fully involved on these reissues contributing new sleeve notes and unearthing old photographs.

Curator Paphides has been particularly effusive about the remastering undertaken by Sean Magee at Abbey Road, saying his work “dramatically revealed a depth and physicality to these recordings that casts new light on Robert’s intentions for these records. Calling From A Country Phone, in particular, is a revelation. It’s as though an invisible membrane between listener and songs has been removed.”

Both albums are now available to pre-order on either format via Needle Mythology’s official store. CDs come with a Needle Mythology badge pack while vinyl purchasers get the badges and a SIGNED lyric sheet. Bundles also available!

Danger In The Past and Calling From A Country Phone are released by Needle Mythology on 27 March 2020



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ROBERT FORSTER / DANGER IN THE PAST vinyl LP

Heavyweight vinyl pressing (@ Vinyl Factory) plus bonus 7”, housed in a gatefold sleeve featuring The Land That Time Forgot and, for the first time on vinyl, Falling Star. The CD comes with 12-page colour booklet.

Side One:

1. Baby Stones
2. The River People
3. Leave Here Satisfied
4. Heart Out to Tender
5. Is This What You Call Change

Side Two:

6. Dear Black Dream
7. Danger in the Past
8. I’ve Been Looking for Somebody
9. Justice

Bonus 7”

A1. The Land That Time Forgot
B1. Falling Star

ROBERT FORSTER / DANGER IN THE PAST CD edition

1. Baby Stones
2. The River People
3. Leave Here Satisfied
4. Heart Out to Tender
5. Is This What You Call Change
6. Dear Black Dream
7. Danger in the Past
8. I’ve Been Looking for Somebody
9. Justice
10. The Land That Time Forgot*
11. Falling Star*

*Hidden bonus tracks.

ROBERT FORSTER / CALLING FROM A COUNTRY PHONE  vinyl LP

First time ever on vinyl for Calling From A Country Phone, CD has been out of print for over a decade. The album features revised artwork featuring unseen photos and brand new sleeve notes from Robert Forster. Heavyweight vinyl pressing (@ Vinyl Factory) plus bonus 7”, housed in a gatefold sleeve. First time on vinyl for the 7” bonus material – Lonely Boy and Brookfield 1975. The CD comes with 16 page 4 colour booklet.

SIDE 1

1. Atlanta Lie Low
2. 121
3. The Circle
4. Falling Star
5. I Want to Be Quiet

SIDE 2

6. Cat’s Life
7. Girl to a World
8. Drop
9. Beyond Their Law
10. Forever & Time

BONUS 7” Single

A1. Lonely Boy
B1. Brookfield 1975

ROBERT FORSTER / CALLING FROM A COUNTRY PHONE CD edition

1. Atlanta Lie Low
2. 121
3. The Circle
4. Falling Star
5. I Want to Be Quiet
6. Cat’s Life
7. Girl to a World
8. Drop
9. Beyond Their Law
10. Forever & Time
11. Lonely Boy*
12. Brookfield 1975*

*Hidden bonus tracks.

21 responses to Robert Forster / Danger In The Past and Calling From A Country Phone reissued

  1. noyoucmon says:

    Also, that typography on the front of Calling from a Country phone. They’ve got white text bleeding into white surf. They could have easily moved that text down so it’s in the sand and thus fully visible (or they could have used a color other than white for the title text). A nice photo and I don’t mind changing the cover pic if Forster wanted to, but that is just bad type placement.

    All of that being said, I’m excited for these reissues.

  2. Regan Judson says:

    I want this but am waiting for a retailer with more favorable shipping rates to the USA.

  3. noyoucmon says:

    Man, one thing I do NOT like is the blocky Needle Mythology logo appearing on the front cover of these reissues. The artwork, especially for Danger in the Past, is elegant and that just junks it up. Not one of the better label logos.

  4. noyoucmon says:

    I ordered these in a flash. So fast, in fact, that I messed up and ordered the largest bundle twice. Turns out Townsend Music has an easy cancellation policy and they’ve already refunded the money of my second (erroneous) purchase! Brilliant!

    Can’t wait for these, some of my favorite albums of the ’90s. I was lucky to see Forster on tour this past fall, and between this and the new Go-Betweens set it is an embarrassment of riches. I look forward to the remaining Forster reissues by Needle Mythology.

  5. Tim Barton says:

    I welcome these. Not sure which format I will opt for. Either way, I end up purchasing these.

    It would grea if the label could get Grant’s out as well!

  6. GTR says:

    Wasn’t expecting these to be reissued but its very welcome. Any idea why the cover to ‘Country Phone’ was changed? I was happy with the original. These are 2 great albums and well worth the investment. Would like to see Grant’s stuff released on vinyl too but he always had more songs and the albums ran a little too long so not sure how good they’ll sound on vinyl. Robert has always liked to keep it around 40 mins with no fat. Perfect for vinyl.

    And its lovely to see Robert having a bit of a renaissance lately. Seeing him and meeting him in Bristol last year was the musical highlight of the year for me.

  7. Gert says:

    Great albums but very little extra’s for cd fans. And what to expect from the “extra depth and physicality” ? In think I will wait to buy these.

  8. David Tomlinson says:

    Shipping is prohibitive outside of the UK. Maybe Amazon later.

  9. Wayne says:

    Why no option for a signed lyric sheet for CD?

  10. Klaus says:

    Nice new cover art for “Calling From A Country Phone” and both cds a must-buy for the additional tracks.
    Would like Pete Paphides to try the same approach with some of Grant McLennan’s solo outings.

  11. Auteur55 says:

    Definite pre-order for me. Although i’ll need to wait till they show up on Amazon UK.

  12. David B;y says:

    With my recent receipt of the “G stands for Go-Betweens Volume 2” box set, and the downloads that came with them put on a flash drive and an external 5TB hard drive for safe-keeping, I decided to get my solo Robert Forster and Grant McLennan CDs out, and digitised them myself for safe-keeping. So imagine my amusement to now learn that 2 of the 4 Forster albums I just digitised are being re-released, and with bonus tracks!
    No big deal really, as it didn’t take that long to do, and I very much look forward to these new editions on CD and LP.

    Related to this, as I had mentioned before about my meeting Robert and Grant (and Robert Vickers) years ago, all but one of the Forster CDs are autographed from then, as are the Grant CDs. In addition, Grant autographed the CD of the Jack Frost duo album he did with Steve Kilbey (of The Church).
    In that one, he autographed it by writing “Steve Kilbey is a great guy! Grant McLennan” – on top of Kilbey’s face and body! So damned funny!

    • Barry Horsebutter says:

      You poor man, going to all that effort digitising two whole CDs only to find out they were due for a release. I for one would have found this too much to handle.

  13. Ex-Oligarch says:

    The bonus tracks are a nice touch.
    While the CDs of these albums are not at all rare, the vinyl for DITP is a bit scarce, so fans who prefer that format will be pleased.

  14. Christian says:

    This is amazing. ‘Danger in the Past’ is my second favourite Go-Betweens/Forster/McLennan album, right behind Tallulah.

  15. Gary Fowles says:

    Wonderful news. Cheers Paul.

  16. James says:

    Will you also be stocking these in the SDE shop, Paul?

  17. Jim says:

    What an amazing gift for us G-B’s snd Robert fans who have been searching for these high and low. Pete Paphides should be knighted!

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