ERA B474 is a compilation of recordings from the earliest days of the group in 1969, to the release of the Santa Dog EP in 1972, and features the first official release of a number of the group's early recordings.
Intended as the first in a series of compilations releasing rare tracks and merchandise related to various "eras" in The Residents' history, ERA B474 includes "Blow Blusy Balloon" and "The Ballad of Stuffed Trigger", neither of which had never been released to the public in any form, as well as the complete six-minute 1969 take of "I Hear Ya Got Religion" (previously released in a shorter edit on dot.com in 1999), and the first official releases of "Mad Sawmill", "Goodbye Lover" and "Maggie's Farm" from The Warner Bros. Album.
The "ERA" project only lasted a month after the release of ERA B474, but after Cherry Red Records' acquisition of The Cryptic Corporation and the archives of The Residents in 2016, the concept developed into the much larger pREServed reissue campaign.
This compilation has been effectively superseded by the later (and more comprehensive) The Delta Nudes' Greatest Hiss and The Residents Present The Delta Nudes compilation albums, released in 2013 and 2016 respectively.
Track listing Edit
- Aircraft Damage (3:51)
- Mad Sawmill (1:30)
- I Hear Ya Got Religion (6:26)
- Blow Blusy Balloon (3:35)
- Ballad of Stuffed Trigger (2:54)
- Goodbye Lover (2:38)
- King Kong (Zappa) (4:08)
- Maggie's Farm (Dylan) (1:24)
- Party of 71 (3:00)
- D For Doorknob (3:50)
- Hallowed Be Thy Ween (14:06)