A high school prog-psych opus – Tom Nehls’ hand-made album, LP #13 in Now-Again Reserve

A rock concept album, as progressive as it is psychedelic, recorded by a 17 year old Tom Nehls and his high school friends in Minneapolis over a three month period in late 1972.nShipping late April 2019


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Tom Nehls’ original notes for I Always Catch The Third Second Of A Yellow Light describe his influences: The Beatles, Zappa, Tolkien. But that amalgamation cannot prepare you for the depths that this wunderkind explored with first-time engineer Paul Stark, who would later found Twin/Tone Records and sign and develop punk legends The Replacements and dozens of other bands. Stark custom pressed a run of 1000 copies of the album for Nehls, but 900 of them were destroyed when Nehls’ basement flooded. He hand-assembled the remaining copies, spray painting the first few covers and then pasting black and white sheets of paper on the rest. He sold a few copies to friends in his high school. And that, for nearly 20 years, was that.

Legendary psychedelic record collector Rich Haupt, one of the first to discover Nehls’ album over three decades ago, writes “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and true genius never comes in a slick package. If these words are true, I Always Catch The Third Second Of A Yellow Light is the proof.” This album is a welcome addition to the genre Paul Major called “Real People Music;” a wonderful and sincere exploration of the human predicament that reveals more of itself with each listen.

This is the first vinyl reissue of the album, overseen by Nehls with Now-Again’s Eothen “Egon” Alapatt, and mastered from Starks’ original tapes, with previously unreleased music in a bonus second LP –  available only to subscribers. Nehls story is told for the first time in an extensive essay by Evan LeVine. The covers are pasted with slicks mimicking Nehl’s original design. Download card for WAV files included.

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