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Blackest Ever Black releasing vinyl edition of Flaming Tunes

The next release from London label Blackest Ever Black is a vinyl edition of This Heat's Gareth Williams and Mary Currie's 1985 Flaming Tunes cassette. The cassette – originally released in 1985 and misleadingly bootlegged in the late 90s as This Heat's final demos After The Heat – was reissued on CD in 2009 (featured in The Wire 304) by Life And Living records.

Blackest Ever Black label head Kiran Sande says: "It's happening! A labour of love to say the least. It's almost a year ago that I first began talking to Mick [Hobbs], Mary [Currie], Andrew [Jacques] and Martin [Harrison] about doing the release."

Flaming Tunes is a collection of tracks made by Gareth Williams (who died on Christmas Eve 2001) with singer Mary Currie, recorded at the This Heat member's house on a basic Casio keyboard and a Roland drum machine on loan from Scritti Politti's Tom Morley. Tony Herrington's original transcripts from the article in issue 309 (where Sande said he first heard of the cassette) are online here.

The remastered and repackaged record is expected to be ready for June–July. More details on the Blackest Ever Black site here, and more details on the record here.