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Arthur Russell: Instrumentals: Vinyl 2LP

Instrumentals: Vinyl 2LP

Arthur Russell

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  • Release Date 13 May 2022
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Product code
RT0307LP
Format
Double Vinyl LP
Label
Rough Trade

Remastered double LP with 12 page booklet including liner notes by Tim Lawrence, Ernie Brooks and Arthur Russell.

Before Disco, and before the transcendent echoes, Arthur studied to be a composer.

His journey began in 1972, running away from his home in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Heading west to Northern California, Arthur studied Indian classical composition at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music followed by western orchestral music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, before ending two years later in New York at the Manhattan School of Music. Traversing the popular and the serious, Arthur composed “Instrumentals” in 1974, inspired by the photography of his Buddhist teacher, Yuko Nonomura, as Arthur described, “I was awakened, or re-awakened to the bright-sound and magical qualities of the bubblegum and easy-listening currents in American popular music”.

Initially intended to be performed in one 48 hour cycle, “Instrumentals” was in fact only performed a handful of times as a work in progress. The legendary performances captured live in New York at The Kitchen (1975 and 1978) and Franklin St. Arts Center (1977) feature the cream of that eras downtown new music scene including Ernie Brooks, Rhys Chatham, Julius Eastman, Jon Gibson, Peter Gordon, Garrett List, Andy Paley, Bill Ruyle, Dave Van Tieghem, and Peter Zummo.

Pitchfork lauded “Instrumentals” Vol. 1 as a masterpiece and one of Arthur’s “greatest achievements”. Americana touching on Copeland, Ives, and maybe even Brian Wilson. “Instrumentals” Vol. 2 is a moving, deeply pastoral work performed by the CETA Orchestra and conducted by Julius Eastman. Also included are two of Arthur’s most elusive compositions, Reach One, and Sketch For “Face Of Helen”. Recorded live in 1975 at Phill Niblock’s Experimental Intermedia Foundation, Reach One is a minimal, hypnotic ambient soundscape written and performed for two Fender Rhodes pianos. Sketch For “Face Of Helen” was inspired by Arthur’s work with friend and composer Arnold Dreyblatt, recorded with an electronic tone generator, keyboard and ambient recordings of a rumbling tugboat from the Hudson River.

Tracks
LP1 SIDE A:
1 "Instrumentals" Volume 1  
2 "Instrumentals" Volume 1  
3 "Instrumentals" Volume 1  
4 "Instrumentals" Volume 1  
5 "Instrumentals" Volume 1  
6 "Instrumentals" Volume 1  
7 "Instrumentals" Volume 1  
8 "Instrumentals" Volume 1  
9 "Instrumentals" Volume 1  
10 "Instrumentals" Volume 1  
Tracks
LP1 SIDE B:
1 "Instrumentals" Volume 2  
2 "Instrumentals" Volume 2  
3 "Instrumentals" Volume 2  
Tracks
LP2 SIDE A:
1 "Instrumentals" Volume 2  
2 "Instrumentals" Volume 2  
3 Sketch For The Face Of Helen  
Tracks
LP2 SIDE B:
1 Reach One  

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