RIYL: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Michael Holman, Vincent Gallo

Label: Ubiquity Records

Still a mysterious, genreless institution after 40 years, Gray’s industrial ambience is a shining moment from New York City’s art scene of the late 70s and early 80s. Founded by the late Jean Michel Basquiat and performance artist Michael Holman, Gray dabbled in plunderphonics, jazz, post punk, r&b and hip hop and turned them into something unidentifiable, haunting and engaging. The band invited other artists into its fold like Shannon Dawson, Wayne Clifford, Nick Taylor and eventually Vincent Gallo. Gray was eventually consumed by Basquiat’s brutal ‘rags to riches’ rocket to global stardom, but the music remains a love letter to pre-gentrified NYC and a time capsule to the short-lived era of a group of starving artists with nothing to lose.

Their music was reissued on vinyl in 2013, but that one is quite hard to come by if you don’t have the cash. For Black Friday’s RSD in 2019, another version was released with additional remixes from Todd Rundgren, Sal P (Liquid Liquid), Tewz, Free The Robots and many more with features from Amir Yaghmai and Kool Keith. As of this post, 15 copies are left, but it looks like the label is adding more once the previous batch sells out. Take a minute to listen to the whole album below. There’s a lot to ingest here, but the price is certainly worth it for the whole package.

The Details

Limited 3xLP Vinyl Pressing w/ 16 page Booklet. Housed in Custom M-Pack 3 Pocket Gatefold Jacket.

Includes unlimited streaming of Shades Of... Anthology via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Ships out within 2 days
Edition of 100

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Price $49.99

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