The classic album Portable Pop, from 70′s group The Late Show will be released as a reissue by Trashy Creatures Records on May 29, 2012.
Produced by Trashy Creatures’ Greg Roberson (Tiger High, Reigning Sound, Arthur Lee’s Love), the reissue will be available on both CD and cassette, featuring the original twelve-song LP plus four previously unreleased studio bonus tracks recorded just prior to Portable Pop. The cassette reissue contains the original twelve-song LP plus an entire ten-song live concert from 1980 as bonus tracks.
Portable Pop, originally released in 1980 on Rave Records, was the only official release by The Late Show, and was only available at the time on vinyl. Portable Pop has a classic power pop sound but is also heavily influenced by sunny 60′s pop melodies. The record has been out of print since the early 80′s.
Originally forming in 1972, The Late Show’s starting line-up included drummer Mark Cutsinger and guitarist Kevin Kimberlin, along with Don Main and Mark Moran. With a move to New York City in 1974, The Late Show caught the attention of producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Artful Dodger, New York Dolls, The Knack). After a series of recordings with Douglas at the Record Plant, the band got offers from major labels CBS, Epic, Windfall, and Don Kirshner’s record label, all of which the band turned down expecting a bigger deal to be around the corner.
This summer, The Late Show will be featured in a new book called Power Pop 360, and the song “Take a Chance” will be featured on the CD Compilation that will accompany the book. The book covers 360 of the most essential power pop records in history.