Paper Bag Vintage is excited to announce the reissue of The Dears' debut album End Of A Hollywood Bedtime Story! This exclusive remastered album is limited to 750 copies worldwide.
The Dears, a critically acclaimed “orchestral-pop-noir-romantique” rock’n’roll band from Montréal, is the lifework of Murray A. Lightburn. Son of a jazzman-turned-preacher, Lightburn’s attunement to songwriting was shaped equally by nineties rock and a broad tableau of gospel, soul, and pop music.
The band formed in 1995 and released their first album, End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story, in 2000 via Grenadine Records. Their orchestral, dark pop sound and dramatic live shows cemented The Dears at the foundation of the then-emerging Canadian indie renaissance.
"Bridging the gap between late '60s European heartbreak (a nod to Serge Gainsbourg) and modern underground fury (Crime And the City Solution), this sextet perfectly fuse the essences of both eras with a pained delivery by singer Murray Lightburn, even when he stretches to barely hit the notes. Layers of vintage, timeless keys (Farfisa VIP 500 et al.) are built upon anthemic chord progressions to create musical vignettes where loneliness, lost love and an oppressive urban skyline open wounds that only drink can cure. A great long player to wander lonely streets to." (Exclaim! Magazine, 2000)
- C'était Pour La Passion
- Jazz Waltz No.3 In B-Flat
- This Is A Broadcast
- Where The World Begins And Ends
- Heartless Romantic
- End Of A Hollywood Bedtime Story
- There Is No Such Thing As Love
- Partir, Par Terre
The idea for Paper Bag Vintage grew out of a desire to showcase and preserve great Canadian albums that have yet to be pressed on vinyl or haven’t been reissued in recent years. For more than 15 years Paper Bag Records has helped to cultivate international vinyl culture by producing limited edition vinyl for all Paper Bag Records releases. This emphasis on unique and striking physical albums will be extended to the Paper Bag Vintage imprint, giving fans the opportunity to finally own these special limited edition releases.