Thursday, 24 July 2014

The McTells - Jesse Man Rae (Frank 7" 1988)

Seven 7" Singles In Seven Days #5
I previously wrote about The McTells in November 2012 when I posted their debut Bi-Joopiter flexi disc. After several cassette only releases under various guises, the group issued their first "conventional" disc in 1988 on the Frank label.  
The lead track was a radical re-write of Across The Sea from their debut eponymously-titled cassette only release, while the remaining three tracks had all appeared in earlier forms on the aforementioned debut and Expecting Joe cassettes.
The sleeve design was unmistakably Creation influenced with a fold out paper cover housed in a poly bag which included a colour 7 x 7 Bi-Joopiter mail order insert. As far as I'm aware none of the versions of these songs on this ep have ever been re-issued.
The McTells continued to release "proper" records into the 90s and the Bi-Joopiter label has been inspirational to many budding independent label bosses of subsequent generations.
Virginia MC was included as a bonus track on the deluxe edition C86 box set and the group reconvened to perform at the album launch at 229 in London last June.
A1 Jesse Man Rae
A2 If Only
B1 Rotten
B2 M.T.B.


  1. Do you have any cassettes by these chaps that you could share - my McTells knowledge is woefully inadequate & their stuff is virtually impossible to find nowadays innit? :)

    1. I used to have a taped copy of the cassette, long lost in the mists of time. But there are copies up for sale on Discogs, predominately in the States and Germany. I'm tempted to treat myself. There are even cassette reissues from 2011!