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     "Recommended to all fans of the era." - JON SAVAGE/MOJO

     “It’s no lie to say we were shocked (SHOCKED!) by the amazing contents of Rocky Mountain Low.”
                                                                                                                                                                                    - BYRON COLEY & THURSTON MOORE/BULL TONGUE

     “This is a great surprise and a necessary listen." - HENRY ROLLINS

     “This is raw art rebellion before all the rules, genres and fashion put the blinders back on.” - JELLO BIAFRA

     “Colo was once, for a brief moment, behind only L.A., New York, and San Francisco as a music scene." - JOE CARDUCCI

     “This compilation presents a thriving panorama of 1970s underground “Punk” in the truest, best sense .” - TERMINAL BOREDOM

     “ Dear Lord this is an amazing compilation! The music is killer! You are stupid if you don't buy this.” – ROCTOBER

     “A total knockout of a compilation.” – MAXIMUMROCKNROLL

     Rocky Mountain Low captures a moment of flux and confusion that makes for some great listening.” – WIRE

     “Action of the highest order!” - OTHER MUSIC

     “Any fan of old Punk Rock who is also a music history buff needs to have this in his/her collection as does any fan of 1970s
        Punk Rock/New Wave Rock and Roll.” – THE PUNK VAULT

     “Perhaps the purest, most vital core sample of local music you could ever hope to hear. A+” - ONION/DECIDER

     “Super well researched, incredible song selection, a totally unknown lost scene, a bunch of amazing bands, and tons of killer tracks.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - AQUARIUS RECORDS

     “A must-have for any Denver rock aficionado or Punk Rock archeologist.” - AVERSION

     “You'd do yourself proud by snatching up a copy of Rocky Mountain Low.” - BLOG TO COMM

     “This is a must-have for Colorado music enthusiasts..” - DENVER POST

     “Captures the vitality, humor and exuberance of a Punk and Post-Punk scene that flourished in the shadows.” - WESTWORD

    “This is some document! If you're a fan of Punk there are more than a dozen reasons to buy this compilation, so get to it before it's gone. “
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            - FEAST OF HATE AND FEAR

     “A first-rate compilation. “ - JERSEY BEAT

     “Colorado had a nice and healthy scene back then, and it’s sweet to now being able to share a bit of the pleasure.” - UGLY THINGS

     “The fact that we are fortunate enough today to hear this music is pretty damn impressive.” - LAST DAYS OF MAN ON EARTH

     “Hopefully with this inspired collection other folks will document their lesser-known cities and give us all history lessons that we all deserve
        (and need).” - DAGGERZINE

     “It becomes clear that despite the provincial seclusion of Colorado and especially the two cities of Denver and Boulder, that they had an
        astoundingly active scene.” - OX-FANZINE

     “Absurdly awesome.” - COLORADO SPRINGS INDEPENDENT

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    Rocky Mountain Low is a unique portrayal of a late-1970s American Punk/New Wave scene. It is the first time that a Punk/New Wave scene, from its inception in 1976 through to the end of 1979, has been documented in its entirety. In their presentation of Colorado's musical reaction to the initial wake of Punk Rock in the late 1970s, the compilers have set the bar unattainably high for future would-be historians. While Colorado's late-1970s underground music scene was small and existed on the margins of the larger, more well-known scenes, its documentation is important in that what is being presented is a complete and accurate portrayal of part of the cultural movement that was taking place at the time. Thorough and comprehensive research viewed through an objective lens provides a previously unseen snapshot of America's musical underground of the period. This documentation shows that the Punk movement of the late 1970s was anything but paint-by numbers - a concept that seems to have been sadly lost on younger generations.

    Until now, very little has been known about what transpired in Colorado's musical underground in the late 1970s. Did you know that Wax Trax, who later became world famous for their record label in the 1980s, started as a store in Denver in 1975? Their early story is told here. Or that Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys fame is a Boulder native? Contained in this compilation you will find the origins of the Dead Kennedys name as well as some of Jello's pre-Dead Kennedys recordings, available for the first time ever (including a bonus, vinyl only recording of the improvised, very crude original "California Uber Alles").

    But it is much more than success stories that comprise any music scene. Though a tiny number of bands from this scene released records, the vast majority of the groups presented here are unknown and unheard until now. It is their collective story and music that is compiled here in great detail, contextualized within the broader musical and cultural underground of the time.

    Rocky Mountain Low presents Colorado's entire late-1970s Punk/New Wave scene within a deluxe, double LP package which includes a bonus CD of the recordings, as well as a 24-page booklet containing extensive historical liner notes, dozens of photos, and complete biographies for 19 bands, 17 of which are represented with recordings: Ravers - Front - Radio Pete - Jonny III - Immortal Nightflames - Joey Vain & Scissors - Dancing Assholes - Dirty Dogs - Corvairs - Lilly Rose & The Thorns - DefeX - Healers - Instants - Profalactics - Guys - Cells - Transistors. 32 songs/84 minutes of music. All material is previously unreleased with the exception of the Dirty Dogs track which was taken from their 45, self-released in 1978.

     In time, we promise to update this site with a lot more goodies for your viewing and perhaps listening pleasure, but why wait for that? Why don't you a copy of Rocky Mountain Low right now?

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To see a flyer archive chronicling Colorado's underground music scene from 1977 to 1986, please visit our friends at Trash Is Truth.

For another view of Colorado's late 70s/early 80s underground music scene, please visit the Colorado New Wave/Punk Rock website.

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