Ron Nagle: Bad Rice (Reissue)

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Singer-songwriter Ron Nagle was proudly out of step in acid-rock San Francisco: leading the Who-ish pop-art band the Mystery Trend, then issuing this sweet-and-salty 1970 meal of prescient roots rock and slippery romanticism. This two-CD reissue has demos that show how Nagle got to his lost-classic blend of proto-Rockpile brawls ("Marijuana Hell," "Sister Cora") and, in "Frank's Store," balladry laden with Randy Newman's strings and written from Tom Waits' future bar stool.