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Aenima DAT tapes

Tool fan Richard Keenan has been posting on Facebook recently about a set of Aenima DAT tapes, which are a series of recordings, both released and unreleased from the Aenima sessions.  Today Richard shares with us the story of how he obtained these tapes.  It’s an interesting read, and maybe these recordings will see the light of day eventually:

The story of my DAT tapes. 
Here is how the story goes. When ZOO Entertainment was liquidating JOE went to visit LOU at ZOO. Lou passed him the RIAA Award presented to skip Peterson. He was there to pick up some stuff. As he was walking out this BOX of DATS was sitting on LOU’s desk.. JOE asked him what is that box can I take it. LOU said No sorry I can’t give those away. Joe said no problem and proceeded to leave. At the last minute LOU SAYS, JOE ! take this box and do not tell anybody where you go them. 
For most of you who know this page I been collecting Tool for a very long time. I also use to be a power seller on ebay. Seems the money I made on Ebay went straight into Tool swag lol. I do not think I ever transferred funds to my Personal bank account ha. 
Back in the early 2000 I had met a lot of people within the music collecting and selling hobby .This 1 guy I met ,We will call him ‘JOE” own’s a website of super rare promo cd’s. He was a friend for 4 years and I purchased a few items from him. He always and still has TOP brand new promo copies never played. I had him keep a eye out for The AENIMA PROMO . After a few deals and trust was gained he explained to me how he comes across all his stuff.

Turns out he lives in REDONDO beach California.
Being in the L.A region he grew up knowing and having many personal friends in the music industry. He explained to me, When companies make promo cd and what not, handful of copies are passed around to employees within the company and people who did not want them just tossed them out in the garbage can. He would make his rounds from company to company seeking PROMO stuff and sometimes yes dig in the garbage. 
As funny as this sounds he has a very successful website today and is doing very well. These days he just gets a phone call to pick up stuff. 

Sometime in mid 2000 I travelled to California to visit record stores I was buying from for ages online and wanted to go hand pick items. So now here I was in L.A.

I messaged JOE and told him I was in the area and I wanted to met him personally so we hooked up at a Starbucks in REDONDO right buy the Pier.

I was actually picking something up from him. Once we met him personally he said to me . I have a warehouse full of stuff and need to look around for some items I know you will like but he said I cannot tell you. So we parted ways … About 3 days after that he called me up and said I found what I been looking for do you want to hook up so I can show you .. Well DUHHHH of course lol.. I zipped up to Redondo from San Diego that day and met up for another coffee.

Here we are back at the Starbucks and I see Joe holding 2 items. A small box and a RIAA AWARD presented to SKIP PETEFRSON. You can see the award in my photo I already have posted it . NOW ! and only after I see the RIAA Award he hands me a small box. When I opened the box WHAMO !!!! 27 STUDIO DAT TAPES FROM ZOO ENTERTAINMENT.. WTF.
To be honest I had no Idea what they really were , But I know they were RARE AS HEN”s TEETH and I have never seen such thing before. I asked WTF is this. He said to me This Box is Tool studio work from Zoo Entertainment. He said a price, I paid and away I went. No way I was walking away from this box.

Here is how the story goes. When ZOO Entertainment was liquidating JOE went to visit LOU at ZOO. Lou passed him the RIAA Award presented to skip Peterson. He was there to pick up some stuff. As he was walking out this BOX of DATS was sitting on LOU’s desk.. JOE asked him what is that box can I take it. LOU said No sorry I can’t give those away. Joe said no problem and proceded to leave. At the last minute LOU SAYS, JOE ! take this box and do not tell anybody where you go them. 
So Joe put these dats in his warehouse and forgot about them for 15 years until I started buying Tool stuff from him.

To be very honest I had no idea how important these dats were because I could not play therm.. Joe also gave me a DENON DAT PLAYER so I could play the tapes. However your need a amp and all that stuff and I was on Vacation/ Vinyl shopping so Had no access to equipment to listen to it. Finally back home I decided one day to give these tapes a shot. I hooked up my dat player popped in a Tape and WHAMO ! the machine ate the tape !!!!!!!!!! MY heart started racing. then I gathered myself up, grabbed a screwdriver and open the thing up. . I saved the tape none the less and smashed the machine with a baseball bat HA . So I would never be tempted to put a tape in it again.

Only after I joined FB I met someone who was explaining to me how important it is to play these taps because I might have something the world has not heard. I purchased a MINI SONY dat recorder and played them all. 

There is 1 song that has never been heard Live from Irwindale 93 show, and 4 tracks mixed by Skinny puppy 2 STINKFIST TRACKS and 2 H. tracks. one of the Stinkfist can be heard on youtube if you google. it.

So here is the story of my DAT’s
This is the longest posting I have ever done haha.
Enjoy !

Here’s a link to the original post.  There could be more information to come.

Weekly Update 18-Sept-2017

Only the second edition of this weekly update thing, and already I feel like I have bugger all to write about.  Strap yourselves in for a bunch of somewhat vaguely relevant “Tool” news!

In this weeks edition:

  • Aenima turns 21
  • Tool + Taylor Swift Mashup
  • Signed “Chet Zar: I Like To Paint Monsters” DVD Documentary
  • New music I’ve enjoyed this week!

Aenima turns 21

Moreso than Undertow, I think Aenima should be considered Tool’s breakthrough album, as it signaled to the world the direction this band would take in years to come.  It was released back on September 17 in 1996, and given that I became a Tool fan not long after it’s release, I guess 21st anniversary of Tool fandom is coming up as well.

No real fanfare from the band, no collectors edition re-issue (though Danny did hint a little while back that their old albums are going to be remastered/issued).  If you’re lucky enough to own it on vinyl, give it a spin for me.

Tool + Taylor Swift Mashup

Look what you made me do:

Signed “Chet Zar: I Like To Paint Monsters” DVD Documentary

A guy called OD emailed me today, telling me he had the opportunity to catch up with artist Chet Zar recently.  He says that the really liked Chet Zar’s DVD I Like To Paint Monsters and we should all go out and buy a copy.  It includes his relationship with Adam Jones and involvement with Tool and also his involvement with the “Hellboy” movies amongst other topics.  I’m yet to check it out, but it’s always been on my list to do so.  You can get signed copies for $25, so sounds like a good deal!

Music

The last few weeks have been good for music, here’s a few albums I’ve enjoyed, that perhaps you might too.  Have a recommendation?  Let me know!

  • 90s rock band Living Colour have a new album out called Shade – it’s great worth a listen!
  • Mastodon will be putting out an EP soon called Cold Dark Place.  You can check out the first track off it called Toe to Toes here.  Speaking of Mastodon, I think Emperor of Sand is one of my favorite albums from this year.
  • Aussie prog metal band Mish put out a great album earlier this year called Entheogen.  Check it out

  • Primus released the next song off their forthcoming album called The Scheme.  I really enjoyed this, as well as the first track.  Album is shaping up to be an excellent one!

That’s all for this week.  If you have anything to share, let me know!

Axl Rose to join Tool on European tour

In news just at hand, Gun’s n’ Roses legend Axl Rose is reportedly filling in for Maynard on a special Tool tour to Europe later in 2016. Adam Jones says:

“We connected with Axl recently at a party in Malibu, and got talking about Chinese Democracy and some of the problem he went through during it’s protracted writing/recording process. We had plenty in common, and it became apparent that we should try something different on our next tour. Maynard is busy with his wine harvest, so it seemed like a no brainer.”

Word is that the tour will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Ænima and will feature the album played in full. A special tour blanket designed by Adi Granov will also be available for $300.

Adam contemplates a Chinese Democracy

Tool Smokebox Screensaver

I’ve had a few requests over the life of Fourtheye for a link to the Ænima Smokebox Screensaver.  Today I recieved another one, and decided that I’d finally upload it onto Fourtheye for anyone who wants it.  It can be downloaded here and is about 2.6MB in size.

According to the readme associated with the screensaver, it was created by KungFuJesus and isnieZot and was originally hosted one the now defunct Tool fansite Deadohiosky.net.  All credit goes to those guys for this, however a quick disclaimer – I take no responsability for any loss of data or damage to your PC directly or indirectly caused by the program.  It does work fine on any Windows PC I’ve tried it on though, including my current Vista PC.

Signed Cesaro Summability on Ebay

Amer emailed me the other day, letting me know that he’s being forced to part with his signed copy of the “stupendously rare” (his words not mine!) Cesaro Summability picture disc.  Apparently only 25 of these signed items exist in the world, so for you die hard collectors this sounds like a great opportunity to open your wallets and grab a copy.

Current bidding on Ebay puts it at $222 + shipping, and the auction has another six days remaining.  Amer mentions he’d rather this go to a genuine Tool fan rather than a re-seller, so check it out!

Cesaro Summability Signed
Cesaro Summability Signed

Russell Crowe as Bill Hicks

Jason pointed me to an article on Ain’t It Cool, in which Russell Crowe suggests he’s developing a movie about Bill Hicks. Apparently the movie is still in the draft stage, so pretty far from being a reality at this stage.

For those that don’t know, Bill Hicks was a comedian who died of cancer at the age of 32 in 1994. The Tool album Aenima was dedicated to him an he appears in the intro to Third Eye, talking about druuuuuuuuugs.

Aenima Promo Vinyl on Ebay

Amer emailed me today and mentioned that he’s selling his Aenima Promo Vinyl.  He mentions on the auction that it’s the “Holy Grail of Tool Collecting”.  That may or may not be the case, but anyway, it’s currently bidding at over US$200.  Those of you who are keen to get a copy of the rare piece of vinyl, check it out!

My Tool Top 10: #6 Pushit

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of Aenima, Pushit is a powerful piece of love gone wrong, and is a popular one with many Tool fans. In fact I imagine quite a few would argue that #6 isn’t high enough! Not to mention the fact that I didn’t choose the Salival version (I do indeed prefer the original).

Musically the song shows almost all of the colours of Tool. It has both some of their heaviest work, and their lightest work in the same track. As is the case with most of Aenima, Maynard’s singing is sublime, especially as we reach the climax of the song.

And the ending. Who could forget that. There is no Tool song that closes as well as Pushit does. The combination of some of Danny’s finest with Maynard bleeding his heart out is an hallmark moment in their catalog.

Happy Birthday Junior!

Happy Birthday to Tool Lighting Director Junior!  Looking forward to seeing what new lighting tricks you can show us all in 2012!  To celebrate here’s some of his finest work:

Aenima 2010

Rare Aenima Master CD on Ebay

Amer contacted me today and asked my to plug his Ebay sale of an extremely rare copy of Aenima.  His description can describe it better than I can:

"A [studio master is a] recording that, presumably, has been mastered at the same studio it has been mixed at. Most recordings are mastered at a mastering facility. For security purposes (since this was a CD made before Ænima was released for public consumption), the cardboard sleeve has been numbered."

These were released in limited numbers (no one knows how many) and distributed to radio stations almost 15 years ago. This copy is #391. An overwhelming majority have been lost or destroyed, making this the rarest Tool promo item, ever. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise 🙂 I have owned several Aenima promo vinyls, signed Cesaro Summability promo vinyls and signed Lateralus vinyls, but they do not come close to this item in rarity.

The only other copy I ever saw for sale in all my years of collecting was on this obscure Taiwanese(?) auction website more than 5 years ago. I will be surprised if you see another one of these for sale for years to come. Don’t miss out.

The disc has only been played once by the original owner, and is in mint condition. The cardboard sleeve is in excellent condition for its age, with minor edgewear.

I’ve not heard of this particular edition on Aenima, then again I’m not a huge Tool collector, so I can’t really comment on it’s rarity. Either way it sounds interesting, and I’m sure that Tool collectors out there would jump at the chance to grab the piece Tool’s history.

The price is currently at $5 (I couldn’t help myself) and there is a reserve, which I’d hazard to guess would be north of $500.

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