ORLANDO, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — After more than four decades, Ozone Unlimited is releasing an extremely rare collectible album – “Zerfas” – on compact disc. And it’s doing it to coincide with Halloween. Why? The original album cover design is orange and black to give a nod to the occasion, the same time of year the original album was first released in ’73.
Apparently, fans have found it to be a treat based on the countless number of inferior bootlegs found on the Internet, the raving reviews, and the cost to buy an original LP – if you’re lucky enough to find one.
Phil Spector described the Zerfas album as “extraordinary” in a comment he wrote on Rising Storm, a vintage music feed. Spector also noted the last time he saw the Zerfas album for sale was on eBay (prior to 2010) which fetched more than $1,500; in 2017, another album went for $1,913.
“It’s an album that tells a story about life and times through music which is why I called them chapters instead of sides,” David Zerfas, the band’s founder, says. “We’ve been asked if the story will continue. We’ll see.”
Plans are in the works to repress an official version of the original LP on vinyl for a limited run, most likely, for the last time.
First cut with the guidance of sound engineer, Moe Whittemore, in his 700 West Studios in New Palestine, Ind. – this album was the result of a teenage band influenced by artists like The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Led Zeppelin and Frank Zappa.
This official first CD release will also include a bonus CD of never released alternate arrangements for some of the original album songs. Zerfas, who designed the original album cover, included a picture of his family’s barn where the band rehearsed before going into the studio to cut the album as part of his CD design.
Since the original LP was cut in the wake of Vietnam, a portion of profits will be donated to organizations that support military veterans.
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