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Just stumbled across this super duper article:

http://www.djfriendly.co.uk/more_arthur.php?PHPSESSID=b85999859e6a03b077fbba7754af8ed8


BTW. I just got a copy of "24 24 Music" by Dinosaur l and I think that this should be at the forefront of the Arthur Russell releases just coming out. I mean - it absolutely nails ,/em> the whole NY disco/No Wave thing infinitely better than, say, Liquid Liquid. It's a fantastic record. Is anyone reissuing this?!

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Saturday, 10 January 2004 06:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Sorry. Didn't mean to italicize that entire sentence.

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Saturday, 10 January 2004 06:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ok. no more posting to ILM whilst "tipsy". I promise.

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Saturday, 10 January 2004 06:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

dan seltzer mentioned the possibility of this to me recently, so fingers crossed

mullygrubber (gaz), Saturday, 10 January 2004 06:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

well, if Audika and Sould Jazz don't do it for some reason, and I can't get anyone to let Acute do it, I'll gladly, as I said, make CD-r copies of it for whomever. I think I said recently, it coulda been so cool, a Dinosaur CD with 24-24, the Go Bang mixes and Kiss Me Again, a Loose Joints CD w/ Is It All Over, Pop Your Funk, etc and so forth. I've just been to busy w/ current projects and the actual job that pays the actual bills to be as aggressive as I'd like to be with pursuing reissues...

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Saturday, 10 January 2004 07:19 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...
Did 24-24 ever get a proper release?

adam... (nordicskilla), Sunday, 21 November 2004 19:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I just ordered WORLD OF ECHO. Also, Arthur plays cello on a bunch of tracks (some of which also feature Bob Dylan)on the Allen Ginsberg box

don, Sunday, 21 November 2004 19:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Has anybody heard the Necessaries? Did they make any records w/Arthur Russell on keyboards?

lovebug starski (lovebug starski), Sunday, 21 November 2004 21:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

there is an lp with arthur on it. i didn't really like it.

he also appears on a couple of peter zummo albums ('song iv' by russell and zummo is one of my fave things ever), and on a jill kroesen album (which i love but it's hard to hear arthur).

stirmonster, Sunday, 21 November 2004 21:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

thanks. will search for zummo and jill kroesen. her name rings a bell, perhaps an early 80s nyc new-music type.

lovebug starski (lovebug starski), Sunday, 21 November 2004 21:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

hes also on the bonus cut on mimi's cd soak.

bulbs (bulbs), Sunday, 21 November 2004 22:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I had the Necessaries' "Walking And Driving At The Same Time" on my once-blog a few months ago. Best thing on that album. Here's a description.

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Monday, 22 November 2004 01:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Necessaries aren't that good. I want the Dinosaur album bad.

Sonny, Ah!!1 (Sonny A.), Monday, 22 November 2004 01:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

me too.

bulbs (bulbs), Monday, 22 November 2004 02:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Walking and Driving is the one song on the album where you can really tell Arthur's involved. I played it at my Arthur Russell tribute night a few years ago(remember...) and Tom Lee came into the booth, introduced himself and told me how impressed/suprised I was that I dug that record out.

The Peter Zummo record I have, Zummo with an X, is a must for Russell fans, I don't think he get's credit as composer, but with him playing cello and singing, it's pretty damn Arthur Russell!

finally got the World of Echo reissue today, haven't watched the DVD yet, but it's a beautiful package.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Monday, 22 November 2004 03:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I got mine too!! For $23! It's going for $45 on Amazon!!

adam... (nordicskilla), Monday, 22 November 2004 03:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

totally forgot - also check peter gordon's 'Innocent' lp. arthur's 'that hat' is sublime.

stirmonster, Monday, 22 November 2004 05:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

What ONE Arthur Russell track should I download?

Sanjay McDougal (jaymc), Monday, 22 November 2004 05:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

21.99 at Other Music!

there is no ONE song, he performed in too many different styles.

I'd say two of the tracks that appear on Disco Not Disco, the 6 min edit of Kiss Me Again and Tell You Today.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Monday, 22 November 2004 06:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i'd say lets go swimming, the walter gibbons mix.

bulbs (bulbs), Monday, 22 November 2004 08:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

actually i'd say a kid like you.

bulbs (bulbs), Monday, 22 November 2004 08:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i love his voice

bulbs (bulbs), Monday, 22 November 2004 08:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'm glad that people in Newcastle, UK are so not with it that I got 24/24 Music for fifty pence (although I had to pay five pounds for the first ESG 12".)

It's almost unbelivable that 24/24 isn't readily available on CD. It shows that there is still a big gulf between rock reissues and those of other genres, esp. dance stuff, where it could be said that reissues are even more crucial bcz a lot of important/excellent stuff never came out on LPs in the first place.

Raw Patrick (Raw Patrick), Monday, 22 November 2004 13:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Peter Zummo record I have, Zummo with an X, is a must for Russell fans, I don't think he get's credit as composer, but with him playing cello and singing, it's pretty damn Arthur Russell!

Gee, Dan. You still owe me a trade for that Tower Of Meaning CD from a while back! *hint*

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Monday, 22 November 2004 18:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
I've been trying to track down Tower of Meaning, 24-24, and some more of his stuff with Zummo (I only have Experimenting With Household Chemicals.) Anyone on slsk/want to arrange a trade by mail?

stephen morris (stephen morris), Thursday, 9 June 2005 23:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

that article is awkwardly written and a little tired, but HE certanily isn't, he's great! haven't listened to much World of Echo yet. My favorite song of his right now is probably Another Thought. i used to love it when he talked about love etc. but now I love it when he talks about the ocean.

Susan Douglas (Susan Douglas), Thursday, 9 June 2005 23:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

what's on Tower of Meaning?

am i the only one that has (has heard) Instrumentals? it's trés boring

[that bastard] jaxon (jaxon), Friday, 10 June 2005 00:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yeah i have that jaXon. and i agree.

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Friday, 10 June 2005 00:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

did you finally get "24 24 music" from dan? is it fantastic? is there a lot of stuff that didn't make it to World of?

[that bastard] jaxon (jaxon), Friday, 10 June 2005 00:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

no :( i never got it. hey have you heard that tiger stripes 12"? its siano but russells fingerprints are all over it.

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Friday, 10 June 2005 00:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I bet I'd love "Instrumentals", I LOVE boring music

A Viking of Some Note (Andrew Thames), Friday, 10 June 2005 02:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

while at the emp, i learned that tim lawrence, who wrote love saves the day. is current working on a russell biog.

strng hlkngtn, Friday, 10 June 2005 03:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I didn't remember that, sorry.

I think one of the pieces on instrumentals is incredibly beautiful. The rest of it isn't nearly as interesting. You know the one, if you've heard it.

There's absolutely a few cool cuts on 24-24 that didn't make it to World of, and remember that the versions of World Of are the remixes, right? The Francois K version of Go Bang vs. the 24-24 version. I have to check that these are different. I recall the album versions being looser. But there's 1 song that totally ROCKS. I'll computerize and post it sometime soon.

Don't forget to aim yr slsk or actual shopping tools at the Loft box-set for it's original version of Is It All Over My Face, recorded as a 13 min hippie disco jam.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Friday, 10 June 2005 05:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Great interview (courtesy Danny Wang) with Steven Hall, AR's guitarist friend here.

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 21:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I like how Steven Hall says Arthur was incredibly forward, and propositioned him the first time they met.

Confounded (Confounded), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 21:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Funny how AR hung out at the Ninth Circle bar, which Danny Krivit says (in this same issue of Keep On) was owned by his dad! This Steven Hall interview is definitely one of the best re: Russell I've read yet.

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 22:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ok, i had to yousend this for someone else so i thought i'd post this link here. for me, this is one of the holy grails of arthur's music. i have listened to this so many times and yet i still hear something new each time. it is from a peter zummo lp called 'zummo with an x' and is a 20 minute russell / zummo collaboration featuring trombone, cello, tabla, arthur murmuring and echo. i think this is possibly thee definition of sublime. it is listed on the sleeve as part 4 of 6 and i live in hope that one day the other 5 parts will see the light of day.

http://s41.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1SD7B2S78KM280LKKQATNSBQ22

stirmonster (stirmonster), Thursday, 18 August 2005 11:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I found that record at the WFMU record fair in an "art music/downtown" type crate, and still paid some 25 bucks for it. Really beautiful.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 18 August 2005 12:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

thank you jd!

mark p (Mark P), Thursday, 18 August 2005 13:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

omg thanks twitch this is gorgeous

(so did 24-24 ever get a commercial release or what?)

strng hlkngtn, Thursday, 18 August 2005 13:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

nope.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 18 August 2005 13:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

seventeen minutes in and LOVING this. sublime is right.

mark p (Mark P), Thursday, 18 August 2005 13:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

thx stirmonster!

wow this is great!

i'ven never heard arthur russell before....is it all this cool? sweet....

Doesn't M@tt He1geson Deserve A Cool, Funny Login Name? (Matt Helgeson), Thursday, 18 August 2005 13:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

wow matt go buy the world of... RIGHT NOW (nb: may contain upwards of 50% disco)

strng hlkngtn, Thursday, 18 August 2005 13:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

will do....

i ain't scurred of a lil' disco!

Doesn't M@tt He1geson Deserve A Cool, Funny Login Name? (Matt Helgeson), Thursday, 18 August 2005 14:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

late last year, dustygroove had boots of 24-24 music, which is about as close as you can get, i reckon.
not sure of the legal situation reissuing it, but i would think Audika could do something about it. i know they are working on the orchestral stuff right now, along with another project.

Beta (abeta), Thursday, 18 August 2005 14:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

thanks for the track

Dominique (dleone), Thursday, 18 August 2005 14:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Stirmonster you roxxx!

Gerard (Gerard), Thursday, 18 August 2005 14:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Cheers Stirmonster! This track is exquisite!

LRJP! (LRJP!), Thursday, 18 August 2005 20:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Merci, twitch!

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Thursday, 18 August 2005 21:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

mmhmm see my brother on this is so out of sight, like the most futuristic thing i have ever heard him do

tender is the late-night daypart (schlump), Friday, 12 June 2015 19:47 (one year ago) Permalink

first time i listened to corn i accidentally had side 2 on at 45 and was marvelling at arthur pre-empting auto tune techniques by over a decade before i realised. i quite like his voice at 45.

stirmonster, Friday, 12 June 2015 20:15 (one year ago) Permalink

really stirmonster, better than the costal dub? only by a hair surely

wherewasyou, Monday, 15 June 2015 03:36 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah. Good stuff on here but it does feel like odds n' ends. Nothing I'd call "definitive".

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 15 June 2015 04:17 (one year ago) Permalink

First few tracks like sketches, but gets better (more vivid, detailed sketches at least) as it goes along. So not too odds 'n' ends, far as I'm concerned.

dow, Monday, 15 June 2015 04:27 (one year ago) Permalink

Of course it's an album assembled by other hands, but works well enough as such, I think.

dow, Monday, 15 June 2015 04:28 (one year ago) Permalink

really stirmonster, better than the costal dub? only by a hair surely

perhaps it's the shock of the new. or the new old, rather.

stirmonster, Monday, 15 June 2015 12:48 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm not quite sure why it's my favourite. I do like a lot of his other music - albeit some a lot more than other - but this doesn't feel like it's as rooted in one genre as some of the other albums/compilations. Like, even at their most boundary-pushing, they never feel like quite as seamless or instictive as this one seems to feel to my ears.

boxedjoy, Monday, 15 June 2015 20:35 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Unreleased Arthur Russell!!! Rub those peepers again, pal, this indeed features the previously unreleased versions for Arthur Russell's Loose Joints classic, 'Is It All Over My Face' (1980, West End). A-side holds Kon's fe/male duet mix and an unreleased single female vocal version; flipside sports the original full length version, all 12 minutes of it, from humid intro to a beaming outro with a much more psychedelic, smudged middle. TIP!

http://boomkat.com/vinyl/1058393-loose-joints-is-it-all-over-my-face-unreleased-original-version

paolo, Thursday, 16 July 2015 13:40 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Cool remix of "Hop On Down"
https://soundcloud.com/cocktail-damore/hop-on-down-massi-ext-edit

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 1 August 2015 17:42 (one year ago) Permalink

six months pass...

The complete Loose Joints singles to be issued on vinyl

Arthur Russell's disco group is the subject of a triple-vinyl set out on Record Store Day.

Loose Joints' Pop Your Funk: The Complete Singles Collection will be released on vinyl via West End Records for Record Store Day.

The tracks Arthur Russell created for Loose Joints are among his most enduring, dance floor-ready productions. The group has been the subject of various rounds of reissues courtesy of West End, but this coming April version is for the completists, taking its basis from a 2013 Japan-only CD set. Included across six sides are six versions of "Is It All Over My Face," among them Larry Levan's original "Female Vocal Version" and two 2001 remixes from Masters At Work. The Record Store Day release also includes various takes of the group's other singles, "Pop Your Funk" and "Tell You Today."

Tracklist
A1 Is It All Over My Face (Original 12-inch Version)
A2 Pop Your Funk (Original 12-Inch Version)
B1 Pop Your Funk (Original Single Vocal Version)
B2 Pop Your Funk (Original Single Instrumental Version)
B3 Is It All Over My Face (Original 12-Inch Larry Levan Female Vocal Version)
C1 Tell You Today (Original 12-Inch Vocal Version)
C2 Tell You Today (Original 12-Inch New Shoes Edit)
D1 Tell You Today (Original 12 Inch Instrumental Version)
D2 Is It All Over My Face (Masters At Work Remix)
E1 Is It All Over My Face (MAW Joint Dub)
E2 Is It All Over My Face (Unreleased Single Female Vocal Version)
F1 Is It All Over My Face (Unreleased Original Full-Length Version)

West End Records will release Pop Your Funk: The Complete Singles Collection on April 16th, 2016.

http://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=33345

paolo, Wednesday, 10 February 2016 10:27 (one year ago) Permalink

west end records majorly milking it now.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 10 February 2016 14:53 (one year ago) Permalink

lol and it STILL doesn't have the 15-minute "Tell You Today" afaict

the 'major tom guy' (sleeve), Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:00 (one year ago) Permalink

xpost agree

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:27 (one year ago) Permalink

My how 11 years have flown by since I started this thread. Crazy.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:29 (one year ago) Permalink

12 years!!

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:29 (one year ago) Permalink

12 years!!!

and it STILL doesn't have the 15-minute "Tell You Today" afaict

pretty sure it doesn't which does seem like they missed a trick as plenty of us suckers would have bought the whole package just for that.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Is F1 the one that was on the Loft box set?

dan selzer, Thursday, 11 February 2016 05:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Looks like it

conditional random jepsen (seandalai), Thursday, 11 February 2016 10:21 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

yeah rly wonderful news

schlump, Saturday, 28 May 2016 07:08 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Ben Ratliff on the archives and AR's working methods: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/arts/music/arthur-russell-archives-new-york-public-library.html

one way street, Saturday, 28 May 2016 09:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink

All the tapes will be digitized and cataloged as well — a process that may take as long as a year, according to Jonathan Hiam, the library’s curator for the project — but then will be available for onsite listening.

Wonderful news indeed

paolo, Saturday, 28 May 2016 10:37 (eleven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I got the reissue of Tower of Meaning and frankly I don't think it's very good

paolo, Wednesday, 20 July 2016 19:06 (ten months ago) Permalink

Maybe I just don't know enough about minimal modern classical but I've listened to it about ten times or so and I just find it boring. I'll persevere though

paolo, Wednesday, 20 July 2016 19:07 (ten months ago) Permalink

i like it a lot when i'm in the mood. soundtrack-y, meditative, dry, stately.

brimstead, Wednesday, 20 July 2016 19:55 (ten months ago) Permalink

I listen to "Instrumentals" way more often.

spastic heritage, Wednesday, 20 July 2016 22:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

"Instrumentals" is really accessible and fun! "Tower of Meaning" is a lot less user-friendly, I haven't really had much success at engaging with it.

ǂbait (seandalai), Wednesday, 20 July 2016 22:11 (ten months ago) Permalink

Yeah, the only Arthur Russell stuff I've really spent some time with is the First Thought Best Thought and the 'Tower of Meaning' commandeering disc two of the set made it so disc two rarely gets played in my house.

Austin, Wednesday, 20 July 2016 23:50 (ten months ago) Permalink

tower of meaning feels static and monolithic, but there are some beautiful and v characteristic moments, whiffs of his phrasing, you can imagine him singing it. even in the slower bits some of the changes/intervals/shifts in harmony are gorgeous, the moments are sudden and transitory but sometimes very affecting

I'm v glad he discovered disco and much nimbler phrasing and rhythm but it's really interesting to hear how distinctively arthur russellish something so different like this can sound

ogmor, Friday, 22 July 2016 17:00 (ten months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

BBC radio documentary: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07wbtsz

ǂbait (seandalai), Tuesday, 27 September 2016 16:43 (seven months ago) Permalink

The doc has its own musical qualities, with no lack of astute clarity. Very refreshing, thanks!

dow, Tuesday, 27 September 2016 20:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

i enjoyed that doc. it's always fun to see what will be the first piece or arthur music played in a piece like that given that he has no signature music whatsoever and it felt like an introductory piece. what first impression do you make for him?

in twelve parts (lamonti), Thursday, 29 September 2016 08:25 (seven months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Do What I Want: Selections from the Arthur Russell Papers Mar 1—May 14, 2017

Peruse Russell’s notes and scores, listen to never-before-heard tapes, and delve deep into the electronic music pioneer’s creative process. These materials are on display for the first time to the public through the generosity of Tom Lee (Russell’s partner).

http://www.bam.org/visualart/2017/arthurrussell

Position Position, Friday, 24 February 2017 02:51 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Sasha F-J on Arthur, incl. current events:
http://www.villagevoice.com/music/the-infinite-worlds-of-arthur-russell-9895575

dow, Friday, 21 April 2017 18:04 (one month ago) Permalink

If anyone has Amazon Prime, the Arthur Russell documentary (which is lovely) can be streamed there for free:

https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Combination-Portrait-Arthur-Russell/dp/B00J97MNHI

Soundslike, Friday, 21 April 2017 22:25 (one month ago) Permalink

ty for this, dow
had no idea until an offhand mention at the bam thing last night that the recent audika thing wasn't just a reissue of the first thought last thought recordings
& had no idea until this piece that it's bob babbitt on bass on kiss me again !

schlump, Monday, 24 April 2017 02:57 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm fairly sure that the Instrumentals reissue is the same as First Thought Best Thought but without Tower of Meaning included. It's a mixed bag for sure. Instrumentals vol 1 is some of his best work - upbeat and summery but not disco, a bit like In The Light Of The Miracle. The rest of it is minimalist modern classical in the same style as Tower Of Meaning

paolo, Monday, 24 April 2017 09:45 (one month ago) Permalink

I gather from reading the Pitchfork review of the latest release of Instrumentals that Audika remastered the tapes for Instrumentals again, but that it is the same collection of recordings (less Tower of Meaning, released separately).

in twelve parts (lamonti), Tuesday, 25 April 2017 08:15 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

that Instrumentals release is so very good when you fancy a bit of winsome chamber Americana without the horrible reedy vox that usually blight most of this type gear for me. Probably selling it short here like, cos it is really excellent.

calzino, Thursday, 11 May 2017 00:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

there's an arthur russell tribute show here in pdx on the 21st. i should probably check it out!

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Thursday, 11 May 2017 00:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

o man that sounds awesome, that's Sunday huh? I should come up.

I once saw Rebecca Gates (Spinanes) cover "A Little Lost", my heart nearly stopped

HONOR THE FYRE (sleeve), Thursday, 11 May 2017 00:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah it's at the, uh, holocene. i'm new in town so i don't really know anything else about it, but, you know, arthur russell.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Thursday, 11 May 2017 00:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

DJ Set by Steve Knutson (Audika Records)

!!!!

HONOR THE FYRE (sleeve), Thursday, 11 May 2017 00:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Forthcoming expanded reissue of an excellent Allen Ginsberg album, one of the relatively few saving graces of mostly hideous 1970, incl. a bunch of tracks with Arthur, some of which (really good 'uns) were in the AG box Holy Soul Jelly Roll, but pretty sure that's OOP, and this has more:

ALLEN GINSBERG’S THE COMPLETE SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND EXPERIENCE
EXPANDED AND REISSUED ON OMNIVORE RECORDINGS

Two-disc package, out June 23, marks first CD reissue of legendary album.
Booklet includes unseen photos, new interviews with the original session musicians
by set producer Pat Thomas

I once saw Ginsberg do a gig at the Troubadour in L.A. He was doing Blake stuff.
I thought, “This all connects.” —Van Morrison

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Allen Ginsberg’s original 1970 MGM album Songs of Innocence and Experience, in which he sang the poetry of the English Romantic William Blake, will be released on CD and Digital for the first time, complemented by a second disc of rarities and previously unissued songs. The Omnivore Recordings expanded reissue will hit the streets on June 23, 2017.

Lester Bangs, writing in Rolling Stone magazine, said the album was “like a labor of love, a salute from a young visionary to an ancient sage.”

Complied by producer Pat Thomas (who also worked on the 2016 Ginsberg reissue The Last Word on First Blues, the forthcoming double CD package includes a new essay by Thomas, who tracked down several of the original musicians (never before interviewed) for this project, uncovering rare session photos as well.

Allen Ginsberg began “tuning” Blake’s poetry in 1968 (inspired by attending the tumultuous protests at that year’s Democratic Convention in Chicago), but the origin of the album dates back to a 1948 vision, or “auditory illumination” as Ginsberg called it, of Blake reciting poetry to him in his Spanish Harlem apartment. Moved by this, Ginsberg began to set Blake’s poetry to music. In 1969, he began recording the results with Peter Orlovsky and jazz legends Bob Dorough, Don Cherry, and Elvin Jones. Nineteen of those songs were released the following year as Songs of Innocence and Experience. In addition to the original LP, Omnivore’s set adds two previously unissued tracks: an alternate take and a song intended for the record but left off due to time constraints.

But that is not where the story ends. In 1971, Ginsberg returned to Blake, recording 11 songs in San Francisco with avant-garde cellist Arthur Russell — four of which were never issued. The ensemble also recorded three Tibetan mantras with a Buddhist choir, resulting in a full-on psychedelic East-West experience — also all previously unissued. This material comprises a second CD, truly making this Complete. With restoration and mastering from Grammy®-winner Michael Graves, the tracks sound timeless.

Blake’s writings from the late 18th century and Ginsberg’s interpretations from the 20th come full circle in the 21st century’s The Complete Songs of Innocence and Experience.

Track listing:
DISC 1: SONGS OF INNOCENCE
1. (a) Introduction (b) The Shepherd
2. The Ecchoing Green
3. The Lamb
4. The Little Black Boy
5. The Blossom
6. The Chimney Sweeper
7. (a) The Little Boy Lost (b) The Little Boy Found
8. Laughing Song
9. Holy Thursday
10. Night

SONGS OF EXPERIENCE
11. Introduction
12. Nurses Song
13. The Sick Rose
14. Ah! Sun-Flower
15. The Garden Of Love
16. London
17. The Human Abstract
18. To Tirzah
19. The Grey Monk

BONUS TRACKS:
20. The Grey Monk (Alternate Take)*
21. Brothels Of Paris*

DISC 2: BLAKE SONGS
1. A Cradle Song
2. The Divine Image*
3. Spring*
4. Nurses Song*
5. Infant Joy
6. A Dream
7. On Another Sorrow
8. Holy Thursday*
9. The Fly
10. The School Boy
11. The Voice Of The Ancient Bard

MANTRAS
12. Padmasambhava Mantra*
13. Om Namah Shivaye*
14. Roghupati Raghava*

* Previously Unissued
(there's also a trailer for this, but I don't have the link)

dow, Thursday, 11 May 2017 20:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Here's one from the box: AG, AR, Dylan, Amram, Perry Robinson---Arthur plays his cello like a bass:

dow, Thursday, 11 May 2017 20:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Pat Thomas's commentary in booklet for The Complete Songs:
According to Tim Lawrence’s biography of Arthur Russell,
Hold On to Your Dreams, Allen Ginsberg first saw Arthur
playing cello with the Kailas Shugendo Mantric Sun Band in
a San Francisco park in 1971. Ginsberg recalled that Arthur
“was wearing a strange composite Buddhist uniform, semi‑
military, semi‑Mongolian.” The two men quickly bonded over
“music, poetry, and Buddhism,” and they began playing music
together—focusing on Ginsberg’s Blake adaptations. According
to witnesses, the blend of Allen’s harmonium and Arthur’s cello
was delightful, and they worked on Hindu devotional songs
(bhajans) together as well.
Alan Senauke: "Arthur Russell was young, a very good musician
and quiet—nothing assertive about him at all. You’d never imag‑
ine this guy would become a figure in the avant‑garde or punk
scene. There was great depth there that I didn’t get to see. He
was very easy to work with."
Allen asked Arthur to join him at recording sessions during July
and August 1971, in San Francisco at Pacific High Studios.

Thomas also quotes AG producer (also rock writer and Beatles' Zapple label manager) Barry Miles's book In The Seventies for background on Arthur's situation at this point:
Allen . . . wanted to tape more Blake songs as well as some
mantras. For this we needed musicians and Allen made contact
with a Japanese Tantric Buddhist sect, known for their choir and
instrumentalists, who lived in San Francisco in an old house at
2362 Pine. They were called Kailas Shugendo (Yamabushi) and
practiced fire-walking. Their leader was a stocky Mussolini-
jawed Russian who spoke perfect English and claimed to have
been in Tibet, though he was unwilling to tell me exactly where
in Tibet or to name any towns when I asked him. His followers
knew him as Ajari or Vajrabhodi but he went under the name of
Mister Warwick in the outside world (later Dr. Warwick).
Their religious practices included running an ambulance rescue
service that specialized in fire-related incidents like getting people
out of plane crashes and fires, as well as mountain climbing,
playing country and western music and daily fire rituals of sev-
eral kinds . . . I understood that Ajari came on much too strong
for most women, and those that were there were coupled up
with men in the group. Allen asked one of them if they had sex.
She was driving us back to Grant and Columbus at the time.
She turned her head from the road and looked Allen coldly in
the eye and said, “Well it’s Tantric Buddhism so it’s Tantric sex,
you know.” Allen was very intrigued by the whole subject but
her attitude showed she was not interested in saying any more
than that. Allen nodded knowingly, though he didn’t know and
wanted to very much.

Thomas continues:
From this group of reprobates, Arthur Russell emerged. He
joined up with Allen and played on the San Francisco recording
sessions that summer as well as the November 1971 First Blues
sessions in New York, and soon moved there. Flutist Jonathan
Meyer remembers that: “Arthur Russell was involved in a quasi‑
Tibetan Buddhist cult. We called him ‘Jigme,’ which is a Tibetan
name (meaning ‘fearless’). Arthur was a very good cello player.
He eventually dropped out of that cult.”
There’s just over five minutes of the 1971 mantras in the Holy Soul,
Jelly Roll boxed set, but since we’ve sourced the original unedited
master tape for this release, that five‑minute Padmasambhava
mantra titled “Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Padma Siddhi Hum”—
which translates as “body speech mind diamond teacher lotus power
amen”—has been expanded into a soul‑searching, mind‑expand‑
ing twelve minutes! (In addition, two more unreleased mantras in
the five‑ to six‑minute range are included on Disc 2.)
Jonathan Meyer: 'I don’t remember what the source was for
the music that Allen was using for these mantras—if he got
them from monks or what—but the whole thing was fun! Allen
definitively had a very nice musical sense. I think Allen just
really wanted to make a record."

dow, Monday, 15 May 2017 19:52 (one week ago) Permalink

Those First Blues tracks with Arthur, mentioned by Thomas above, were incl. in last year's expanded AG reissue, The Last Word On First Blues.

dow, Monday, 15 May 2017 19:56 (one week ago) Permalink

To clarify (and then I'll shut up about this), here's the tracks incl. AR on Ginsberg's Complete Songs of Innocence and Experience (out 6.23.17)
DISC 2: BLAKE SONGS
1. A Cradle Song
2. The Divine Image
3. Spring
4. Nurses Song
5. Infant Joy
6. A Dream
7. On Another Sorrow
8. Holy Thursday
9. The Fly
10. The School Boy
11. The Voice Of The Ancient Bard
MANTRAS
12. Padmasambhava Mantra
13. Om Namah Shivaye
14. Roghupati Raghava
Tracks 1, 5–7, 9–11 originally issued on
Holy Soul Jelly Roll: Poems And Songs 1949–1993,
Rhino R2 71693 (1994)
Tracks 2–4, 8, 12–14 previously unissued
Arthur Russell: cello
Jon Meyer: flute
Allen Ginsberg: vocals, finger cymbals, harmonium,
Tibetan thighbone trumpet
Peter Hornbeck: violin, viola
Jon Sholle: guitar
Alan Senauke: mandolin
Reverend Adjari & Buddhist Chorus (Tracks 12–14)
Tracks 1–11:
Words by William Blake
Music by Allen Ginsberg
Tuned by Allen Ginsberg in Cherry Valley, N.Y. 1968
Tracks 12–14:
Old Tibetan Mantra(s) of Padmasambhava
Tuned by Allen Ginsberg (presumably in San Francisco 1971)
Produced by Barry Miles
Recorded at Pacific High Studios,
San Francisco, July–August 1971
Master for Disc 2 was taken from a Scotch Tape
box inscribed: “Arthur Russell’s Copy – Allen Ginsberg”

dow, Monday, 15 May 2017 22:18 (one week ago) Permalink


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