My wife had just walked into the room where I was laying on the floor, playing with our daughter. Bobb Trimble's Iron Curtain Innocence was on the turntable, and his pixie-like vocals had stirred her curiosity enough to warrant the question. The LP jacket featuring Trimble stoically perched with a guitar and machine gun only furthered her intrigue.
Not surprisingly. Trimble's voice is one of the most otherworldly and immediately arresting I've ever heard, especially when layered atop the shimmering guitar sounds of his two wildly obscure psych-rock albums. Iron Curtain Innocence and its followup Harvest of Dreams were privately pressed in editions of only a few hundred copies back in the early 80s. After years of languishing in the strict province of record-collecting cellar dwellers, both albums were mercifully re-upped by Secretly Canadian a couple of years ago. I prefer Iron Curtain Innocence, especially for its aural centerpiece: "One Mile From Heaven", a song that washes over you with utterly elegant incandescence. Stream or download it from the Free Music Archive using the player below.
There's a longer (and better--though just 'cause it's longer) version of "One Mile from Heaven" on Iron Curtain Innocence, so think of this MP3 as a mere placeholder until you track down the real deal. There are also two Bobb Trimble live sets (one from WFMU's excellent Talk's Cheap program, another from the Issue Project Room) available for download in the Free Music Archive. The Guardian (UK) ran a great overview of Trimble's curious career back in 2007, just as these re-issues were dropping. Check it here.