IOWA DREAM by ARTHUR RUSSELL

SKU110748
ArtistARTHUR RUSSELL
TitleIOWA DREAM
LabelAUDIKA RECORDS
Catalog #AU 1017-1
Genre
ReleaseW 47 - 2019
FormatVinyl - US2LP
EAN Barcode880301101718
Import
 € 33,50 incl. VAT, excl. shipping

Tracks

  1. Wonder Boy
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-01-01.mp3
  2. I Never Get Lonesome
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-01-02.mp3
  3. Everybody Everybody
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-01-03.mp3
  4. You Did It Yourself
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-01-04.mp3
  5. Come To Life
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-01-05.mp3
  6. Iowa Dream
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-02-01.mp3
  7. Words Of Love
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-02-02.mp3
  8. I Still Love You
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-02-03.mp3
  9. You Are My Love
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-02-04.mp3
  10. Barefoot In New York
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-03-01.mp3
  11. Just Regular People
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-03-02.mp3
  12. I Wish I Had A Brother
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-03-03.mp3
  13. I Felt
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-03-04.mp3
  14. The Dogs Outside Are Barking
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-03-05.mp3
  15. Sharper Eyes
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-04-01.mp3
  16. Follow You
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-04-02.mp3
  17. List Of Boys
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-04-03.mp3
  18. I Kissed The Girl From Outer Space
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-04-04.mp3
  19. In Love With You For The Last Time
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/a/au_1017-1_iowa_dream/sf751147-01-04-05.mp3

Description

Over 10 years in the making, Audika records offers us 'another archival release that peels back another layer of Arthur Russell's idiosyncratic sense of sound' - mostly all tracks yet unheard, including music once recorded as demo for major labels, as well as several recently discovered folk songs he wrote during his time in Northern California in the early 1970s

Over the past decade, the visionary musician Arthur Russell has entered something close to the mainstream.

Sampled and referenced by contemporary musicians, his papers now open to visitors at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center in New York, and his name synonymous with a certain strain of tenderness, Russell is as widely known as he’s ever been. Thanks to Russell’s partner Tom Lee and to Steve Knutson of Audika Records, who have forged several records from Russell’s vast archive of unfinished and unreleased work, the world now hears many versions of Arthur Russell. There’s the Iowa boy, the disco mystic, the singer-songwriter and composer, and the fierce perfectionist deep in a world of echo. While all of these elements of Russell are individually true, none alone define him.

Now, after ten years of work inside the Russell library, Lee and Knutson bring us Iowa Dream, yet another bright star in Russell’s dazzling constellation. Blazing with trademark feeling, these nineteen songs are a staggering collection of Russell’s utterly distinct songwriting. And although Russell could be inscrutably single-minded, he was never totally solitary. Collaborating here is a stacked roster of downtown New York musicians, including Ernie Brooks, Rhys Chatham, Henry Flynt, Jon Gibson, Peter Gordon, Steven Hall, Jackson Mac Low, Larry Saltzman, and David Van Tieghem. Musician Peter Broderick makes a contemporary addition to this list: more than forty years after Russell recorded several nearly finished songs, Broderick worked diligently with Audika to complete them, and performed audio restoration and additional mixing.

Several tracks on Iowa Dream Russell originally recorded as demos, in two early examples of his repeated brushes with potential popular success—first in 1974, with Paul Nelson of Mercury Records, and then in 1975, with the legendary John Hammond of Columbia Records. For different reasons, neither session amounted to a record deal. Russell kept working nearly up until his death in 1992 from complications of HIV-AIDS.

At once kaleidoscopic and intimate, Iowa Dream bears some of Russell’s most personal work, including several recently discovered folk songs he wrote during his time in Northern California in the early 1970s. For Russell, Iowa was never very far away. “I see, I see it all,” sings Russell on the title track: red houses, fields, the town mayor (his father) streaming by as he dream-bicycles through his hometown. Russell’s childhood home and family echo, too, through “Just Regular People,” “I Wish I Had a Brother,” “Wonder Boy,” “The Dogs Outside are Barking,” “Sharper Eyes,” and “I Felt.” Meanwhile, songs like “I Kissed the Girl From Outer Space,” “I Still Love You,” “List of Boys,” and “Barefoot in New York” fizz with pop and dance grooves, gesturing at Russell’s devotion to New York’s avant-garde and disco scenes. Finally, the long-awaited “You Did it Yourself,” until now heard only in a brief heart-stopping black-and-white clip in Matt Wolf’s documentary Wild Combination, awards us a new take with a driving funk rhythm and Russell’s extraordinary voice soaring at the height of its powers. On Iowa Dream, you can hear a country kid meeting the rest of the world—and with this record, the world continues to meet a totally singular artist.

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