The Mistreater “Hell’s*Fire” release was where
it all started many moons ago. I had heard about this album for
years, and yet nobody I knew had it! It is a private press LP
that was issued by teh band themselves in 1981. Even my friends
in Ohio (where the band is from) had never managed to find a copy.
In the fall of 1999 a copy surfaced on Ebay, and I was determined
to get this thing once and for all. So on the closing night I
prepared for a bidding battle and dropped a last minute bid on
it which won! It was right around $100, and when the dust settled
and I called Jamie (bassist of BOULDER from Ohio) to tell him
I finally got one- we realized that I’d outbid him and another
friend of ours who were trying for it~!
When I got the album and heard if finally, it was worth the hunt
and every penny! This baby was a screamer, totally devastating
lead guitar work, soaring vocals, it just ruled! So I wanted to
share it with everyone- and yet I didn’t want to sit there
dubbing tapes and with a tape you don’t get to see the art
either. I had decided to do a label at this point, and I really
wanted to find this band and make this a reissue on the label.
But none of my Ohio crew knew anything about this band or how
to find them, so I figured I’d just in the form a micro
run on CDR complete with artwork and all.
I found out that a friend of mine had bought the album on a CDR
from a mail order place in Texas for like $30 or $40, so we already
had the tunes on that format, and it was just a matter of doing
the art. With the help of Jennifer and the use of the fiery printer
at the record company she worked at, we managed to put it all
together and make a set of 25 numbered CDs. I had the CDRs printed
by this guy up in Connecticut I think… and sat around hand
cutting covers and assembling the copies which took a while to
say the least.
In the end, the purpose was served though, 25 of my friends and
acquaintances got to hear this album, and most agreed with the
raving that had been done on my part about it! Then, right as
I finished this project, Jamie found the singer, Kurt Leudy, and
put me in touch with him. I called him and told him what a fan
I was and how I had put together 25 CDs, and sent him a couple
I had left. He was flattered, yet confused by why we were so into
these tunes from so long ago, and even though I asked 58 times
we were never able to coordinate a full scale reissue. When he
got the CDs he said he was really impressed on how professional
it looked though, and he also gave one to Larry Nottingham (the
I’ve kept in touch with Kurt, and when I went to Ohio in
the fall of 2002 Jamie and I even went out to visit him. It was
great to meet him and his family, we hung out and listened to
tunes, checked out his killer cars, and he told us the Mistreater
story. I really hope to work with the band one day to do a full
scale reissue of this so that more people can hear this amazing
LP that a band in Ohio put out over 20 years ago.