- 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|
'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.