Stan Hubbs Crystal CR5

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order Stan Hubbs Crystal LP LP $25.95  add to cart CD $14.95

The official reissue of Stan Hubbs' 1982 Crystal LP is available again -- now on both LP and CD. Faithful LP repros were made of this northern California obscurity, each including a replica of the original 16 page booklet. The soft-cover CD also includes a version of the original booklet.

Crystal was recorded in Hubbs' rural Sonoma county living room and just like the original, the LP reissue was mastered and cut by Paul Stubblebine, pressed by RTI and housed in heavy, old-style jackets.

We've gathered some rare Hubbs photos and writing along with recollections from band members and thoughts from others -- scroll down and click on images for larger versions.

stan hubbs photo hubbssss  -- Piper Kaplan

I HAVE MAINTAINED THE CODE OF SILENCE. -- Jeff Hassett

The best '80s psych record for sure. Fuck the bullshit. -- Dante Carfagna

The only LP I've heard that features deadpan ensemble singing. --Patrick Lundborg (Acid Archives)

Grammy bound! -- Scott Bubrig

DON'T SCARE ME LIKE THAT. -- Ariel Pink

Greatest piece of private zonk, ever. -- Jack Fleischer

...As far as Stan goes - he never really had a problem conveying what he meant, he was a great wealth of knowledge and he always knew what he was looking for when it came to the music - it didn't even necessarily have to be perfectly in tune - you just had to be able to find the correct vibe and ride it. He had built his house out in Camp Meeker with salvaged wood and reclaimed nails which, I must say, was pretty impressive. To some it may have been modest, during the day you could see the sun beams shining through the slats in the walls and at night we had to stoke the wood stove and play like hell to keep warm - but to me it was like an old castle and Stan was most definitely the wizard of his castle.

It was a great privilege to be able to work with Stan and even more so...just to rap with him - I am sad to say when he passed both Dan and I were still pretty young, he was for me the first person that had passed away that I was close to.

Shortly after he died, we walked up the path behind his house one last time to the old tree at the cliff - I pulled out a knife and started carving his name into the tree and Dan, his girlfriend Dawna and myself stayed there carving until it was in good and deep. The same way that Stan will always be in our memories.

P.S. A kick-ass, hell yeah, shout out for Dan Heller, he ended up saving a whole box of Stan's poetry which he brought over recently so that we could share it on his website.
-- Justine Packard, 2011 (Stan's bandmate from the '90s metal group Third Stone)

[a big thanks to Justine and Dan for their help on this reissue.]


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