Various Artists, Air Balloon Road

Douglas Wolk

By Douglas Wolk

on 10.13.11 in Reviews

Air Balloon Road

Various Artists

More than any other label, Sarah was about the art of the mix tape — most of its releases were seven-inch singles, and over the course of its existence, it released a roughly annual series of compilations drawn from them. Air Balloon Road, from 1990, features some early highlights, notably the Sea Urchins’ wimp-lust anthem “Pristine Christine” (the first Sarah release), the Golden Dawn’s unexpectedly rough and squalling lament “George Hamilton’s Dead,” and a handful of tracks by bands like Action Painting! and Gentle Despite who vanished after a solitary single.