Juno-nominated Canadian cult-hero Nash the Slash's early catalogue is set to be reissued through Canadian label Artoffact Records.
Artoffact will reissue CD and vinyl remasters of Nash's first record, Dreams & Nightmares, as well as his most popular full-length Children of The Night, the super-rare live album Hammersmith Holocaust, and the EP Bedside Companion. Long-time Nash admirer Gary Numan has penned the liner notes for Hammersmith Holocaust.
The rarest Nash the Slash release was Hammersmith Holocaust. Recorded live off the soundboard in 1980, Hammersmith has almost mythical status. It captures a young Nash supporting Gary Numan at his famous Hammersmith Odeon show, performing Children of the Night, Wolf, Smoke on the Water and other classic cuts.
The original vinyl numbered only 300 copies which were hand-stamped, and certainly fewer than 300 survive today, 35 years later. A mint-condition copy, if you can find one, will run you over $500.
Artoffact Records reissues Hammersmith Holocaust in an expanded gatefold sleeve, complete with a replica of the original insert, printed inside the fold. As a special bonus, Gary Numan, without whom the live show would not have happened, has written a wonderful piece for the liner notes, explaining why he invited Nash to be his support, as well as how influential Nash was over the years.
The vinyl is remastered, the artwork is restored, and the entire package comes on a special "square-splatter" black/white colour effect, an effect which is as rare as the original record. A solid black vinyl is also available.