13326Re: Riley/Cale - Church of Anthrax
- Nov 1, 2001Church of Anthrax?
Pretty good, in a "rock-meets-minimalism" kind of way. I thought it
was a dull pop/rock sell-out when i first heard it, but grew to love
it. It's basically 3 good 8-10 minute jams, broken up by a couple of
inconsequential numbers, including a so-so Cale song. It's usually
cheap, so go to it. Great great drumming on "ides of march", btw -
ayone know who's doing it? Sounds like it could be 2 drummers, but
you never know...
If you want a better inroads into Riley after "rainbow...", try the
excellent "all night flight" on Organ of corti - it's a gorgeous 45
min live take on side 2 of "rainbow", where all sorts of great
sax/organ/tape delay action happens. My favourite Riley.
I've also had really good times with:
"descending moonshine dervishes" (solo electronic keyboard swirl from
"in c" (i just know the classic late 60s Columbia version, but it
really is terrific - big band with Riley, Jon Hassel + others - like
how Steve Reich's band compositions might be if he left things a bit
looser + warmer)
"you're nogood" (crazy tape/moog piece mangling a motown side - like
Reich's "it's gonna rain" but wilder/more fun, and it predates that
one too I think)
"harp of new albion" (solo piano jams from the 80s - uses just
intonation like la monte's "well tuned piano" snooze, but is way
better, plus it's only a mere double CD)
Ones to avoid = "Salome" (string 4tet + more polite composition than
those above, which have elements of composition, but let Riley jam
all over them) and the one of "keyboard studies" not played by him
(like, he's still alive, why not let him play them?). I regard him
more as a musician than a composer anyway...
Ah, I really love Riley - I used to cringe at a few of the borderline
new age-isms in there, but I've learned not to care about them.
Good luck - there's plenty of good stuff in there....
--- In thewire@y..., Simon Fay <simonfay2001@y...> wrote:
> Been curious about this collaboration (and Riley's own
> work of which I know only 'Rainbow in Curved Air') for
> some time - a good one?
> Presumably anthrax itself has infected this group -
> it's gone awfully quiet lately
> Nokia Game is on again.
> Go to http://uk.yahoo.com/nokiagame/ and join the new
> all media adventure before November 3rd.
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