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RECORD TURNOVER 80s HITS #70

Linda Smith is a musician an songwriter from New York, whose lofi home recordings have remained terribly obscure ever since she first started releasing her own tapes in the late 80s. Smith had already played in a few bands, such as The Woods, who released their only single on Justine Records in 1985 – the college rock flavoured “Miracles Tonight”.

In 1987 Smith’s first album The Space Between the Buildings was released on her own label Preference, which was distributed by the newly founded K Records. You can listen to both of her first cassettes below, or by visiting this site on the Internet Archive. Smith continued recording her brand of intimate pop songs and released singles on labels like Slumberland and Harriet. One of her later tracks, from 1996, ended up on the influential Sky Girl compilation in 2016.

Harriet Records released a great compilation of songs from her tapes way back in 1997, called Preference: Selected songs 1987-1991. Since this cd is long gone in the mists of time, Captured Tracks decided to release a new compiaition last month. This time available on vinyl, Till Another Time: 1988-1996 features an almost entirely different tracklist and focuses much more on Smith’s 90s output, eg. including all three tracks from the Slumberland EP.

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April 26, 2021

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