SPARKS DEMOS
(also known as Halfnelson demos)


Sparks


TRACKS:-

1.  CHILE FARM FARNEY
2.  JOHNNY'S ADVENTURE
3.  ROGER
4.  ARTS & CRAFTS SPECTACULAR
5.  LANDLADY
6.  THE ANIMALS AT JASON'S BAR & GRILL
7.  BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN
8.  MILLIE
9.  SACCHARIN AND THE WAR
10. JOIN THE FIRM
11. JANE CHURCH
12. THE FACTORY


Halfnelson were formed in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles in 1969 by brothers Ron Mael (keyboards), Russell Mael (vocals) and Earle Mankey (guitar).  The trio made dozens of home recordings during the late sixties.  The most famous recording was the demo of twelve songs listed above.  Halfnelson decided that the demo album should be professionally recorded and for that reason required a rhythm section. John Mendelsohn (drums) and Ralph Oswald (bass) were added to the line-up.  About one hundred copies of the above demos were sent out to record companies. None of them reacted positively.  However Todd Rundgren, producer of Bearsville Records, rescued the band with a contract and became the producer of the band's debut album in 1971.



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