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Amplified - New Music Meets Rock 1981-1986 [Live]

Sonic Youth Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Jun 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Orange Mountain Music
  • ASIN: B000FILUEC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. World Looks Red - Sonic Youth
2. Shaking Hell - Sonic Youth
3. Clay Man - Swans
4. Weakling - Swans
5. RTZ - Bill's Friends
6. Hiding Your Present From You - Arthur Russell
7. All-Boy All-Girl - Arthur Russell
8. His Master's Voice (Opening) - Christian Marclay
9. Guitar Trio (1977) - Rhys Chatham
10. Crowds And Power - Elliott Sharp

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Philip Glass's label presents its third - and very different - release of music from the legendary New York experimental venue, The Kitchen. 'Amplified' features Sonic Youth, Swans, Arthur Russell, Christian Marclay and more in live performances recorded over 20 years ago.

'Amplified: New Music Meets Rock, 1981-1986' is the third release in a series of CDs compiled from The Kitchen's archive that documents historic concert recordings from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s. Far more than just a live music venue The Kitchen has been New York's cultural catalyst for the alternative and avant-garde scenes for over 30 years: "The Kitchen has helped nourish a roster of talent in the visual arts, dance, music, and performance art that reads like a who's who of the avant-garde" (The New York Times).

The previous two releases in the series - 'New Music, New York 1979' and 'Steve Reich and Musicians, Live 1977' - focused on the New Music avant-garde scenes. Amplified sees the focus shift to the rock underground in the early 1980s and The Kitchen's famous leftfield sensibilities - representing a vocabulary that emerged from the avant-garde, minimalist, and No New York scenes in the 1960s and 1970s in New York City - become merged with the alternative rock sound.

Highlights from the CD include some of Sonic Youth's earliest concert recordings, two tracks by Swans, classical cello played from effects pedals by cult post-disco pioneer Arthur Russell, the layered guitars of Rhys Chatham, a Christian Marclay piece created with multiple turntables "prepared" with his "To and Fro-nograph" and a rarely performed large orchestral piece by Elliott Sharp.

Even now, more than twenty years after these shows took place, these recordings capture an explosive energy that feels fresh, vibrant and vital.


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3.0 out of 5 stars frustrating 26 April 2011
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whilst i'm no stranger to bootleg quality recordings and have been known to enjoy some really quite primitive recordings, I found the swans tracks on this recording really frustrating, the swans were a brutal live act but on this cd that famously deafening guitar assault is barely audible on a dry and thin soundboard recording, its like having a wall between you and the band

and the other tracks? well Arthur Russells Cello experiments are quite beautiful
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exclusive Live Tracks From the Archives 30 Dec 2010
By JC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A period piece that shows the intersection of very vital music at a special time. Diverse but with unifying elements. Some of the avant artists here actually make more of a squall than the punks.

One complaint might be that almost anyone interested in this would feel at least half this material definitely deserves full-length treatment. What's here is just a taste.

Sonic Youth - World Looks Red
Sonic Youth - Shaking Hell
Swans - Clay Man
Swans - Weakling
Bill's Friends - RTZ
Arthur Russell - Hiding Your Present From You
Arthur Russell - All-Boy All-Girl
Christian Marclay - His Master's Voice (opening)
Rhys Chatham - Guitar Trio
Elliott Sharp - Crowds and Power
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Nothing 22 Feb 2009
By David Meltzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ordered this for the Arthur Russell material but also to get a sense of that time & scene & those avant punks & avant sound magi which this compilation does not disappoint in its variety & eclectic enthusiasms
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