The Raybeats first LP, recorded in 1981 is now available. Peter Buck (R.E.M) wrote a brief essay about the band.
The Raybeats came out of New York City in 1979 combining early Sixties instrumental rock with post punk experimentalism , Italian Spaghetti Western soundtrack music, and a bit of free jazz. The end result was like nothing else happening at the time, a scorching, joyful, reinvention that felt as current and up to date as it was a sly look back in time. I had the pleasure of seeing them live as well as opening for them and they were a mighty band. They were fun too, and fun was in short supply in those days. I hope these reissues will remind everyone how great they were. And I haven’t even mentioned the majesty of their apparel. (Peter Buck, March 2014.)