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Another Thought

Arthur Russell Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Orange Mountain Music Inc
  • ASIN: B000FOT8EK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Another Thought
2. A Little Lost
3. Home Away From Home
4. Lucky Cloud
5. This Is How We Walk On The Moon
6. Hollow Tree
7. See Through Love
8. Keeping Up
9. In The Light Of The Miracle
10. Lucky Cloud (Return)
11. Just A Blip
12. Me For Real
13. Losing My Taste For The Night Life
14. My Tiger, My Timing
15. A Sudden Chill

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The re-release of 'Another Thought' (originally issued on Point Music) by Philip Glass's label Orange Mountain Music is a celebration of an especially haunting and inspiring collection of Arthur Russell songs and a tribute to a great musical innovator.

During his lifetime, the classically trained composer, cellist and disco artist Arthur Russell studied and performed with a wide variety of musicians and artists such as David Byrne, Ali Akbar Khan, Allen Ginsberg, John Hammond, Rhys Chatham, Jon Gibson, Peter Gordon, Jerry Harrison, Garret List, Frank Pagano, Leni Pickett, and Peter Zummo.

As a solo act in the 1980s, Arthur Russell produced his own brand of warped-out disco-funk meets avant garde classical music. His successes included "In the Light of the Miracle" and the album 'World of Echo' which incorporated many of his ideas for pop, dance and classical music for both solo voice and cello format.

Another Thought was originally released posthumously in 1994. During the last years of his life, although he wrote and recorded many wonderful songs, an ailing Arthur Russell was unable to complete a projected album for Point. After his death that label took on the archival challenge of organizing his life's work (over 800 reels of tape were catalogued) and produced this album as "a broad yet still personal view of Arthur's world". The album mostly features Russell on cello and vocals, but he's joined by various singers and musicians on several tracks.

The booklet for this re-released and re-mastered 'Another Thought' includes all the lyrics to its 15 songs as well the insightful biographical essay from the original release.

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Heart-breakingly beautiful posthumous release from minimalist composer/cellist/underground disco legend

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5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing & Beautiful 14 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
It's sad to see so little reviews for Arthurs work, one of the few genuinely groundbreaking artists of the 20th century gone too soon. Saying that, I only became aware of this character via the forever tasteful Mr. McCabe (oh the joys of myspace 'influence' rants!) Luckily for us Arthur left an expansive body of work behind - which you should try to hunt down all of. I promise you will be a better person for having experienced this stuff. Charming in its quiet joy.

Much love x
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a re-release of this outstanding collection 13 Jan 2007
By somethingexcellent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1994 on Point Music, Another Thought went out of print like so many other albums before a renewed interest in the work of Arthur Russell made the prospect of a re-release more likely. Other than being remastered and some minor liner note changes, the album has been unchanged, and yet like so much of Russell's work, it still manages to sound fresh twelve years later (and probably roughly fifteen years since it was actually created). Another Thought was actually the first posthumous release from Russell, and despite all the great work that has followed on the Audika label, it's great to have it back in print.

Sure, there are tracks on the release that have been featured in different forms on newer releases (most notably "Lucky Cloud" from World Of Echo and "Keeping Up" from Calling Out Of Context), but Russell himself notoriously reworked his own tracks over and over, seemingly rarely actually finishing a track in his own perfectionist way, while oftentimes leaving several and uniquely outstanding versions of the same track on tape.

In many ways, Another Thought is the most pop-oriented release in the entire Russell catalogue so far. The first half of the release finds tracks structured in very normal ways, with some of his more mainstream sounding instrumentation. "A Little Lost" finds him weaving his usual cello bowing with some nice acoustic guitar and line after line of catchy vocal melodies. The aforementioned "Lucky Cloud" finds him plucking out more rhythmic cello work, but again his vocals dip and climb and veer all over, keeping one step ahead over the course of the two minute piece.

Elsewhere, the six-minute "Keeping Up" is not only one of my favorite songs by Russell, but possibly within my top 20 favorite songs ever. The song is fairly simple musically, with only plain rhythm programming and sparse cello work with vocals, but it's what Russell does with the space that's so magical. His cello moves from dancing, melodic notes to hyper-fuzzy passages that sound like overdriven electric guitar, while the male/female vocal parts (some of them clipped and edited uniquely) and repetitive lyrics push the song forward at a relentless pace. In other places, you can hear the worldly influences (polyrhythms, etc) that bled into his music and tracks like "In The Light Of The Miracle" sound like alternate-universe versions of tracks from Remain In Light by the Talking Heads.

If you've listened to any of his work to date, you know that he had a truly varied range (including everything from dense disco to avant garde cello and voice experiments and almost musique concrete). In that regard, Another Thought might very well be one of the best places in his entire catalogue to start if you haven't yet heard him. It's not as dancy as Calling Out of Context or the Springfield EP, yet it's not quite as obtuse as World Of Echo or First Thought, Best Thought. Some have said that Russell sounds like Nick Drake if he had a cello and some effects instead of a guitar, and that description isn't too far off. It's amazing, heartbreaking, inspiring music.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, challenging and worthwhile 11 Aug 2006
By Thomas W. Altizer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
With his John Martyn-like voice, Arthur Russell takes the listener on a journey to places varied and always interesting. Most of these songs are voice and cello, but percussion sometimes enters the soundscape and two songs sound like Talking Heads, circa "Remain in Light." This is not music for casual listening. It is however very beautiful and I have never heard anything else quite like it. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Arthur Russell collection to own 12 Feb 2009
By Robert Keith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This collection has the most unusual, and in my opinion, the most enduring Arthur Russell recordings. I don't love all of it, but the great songs are stunning. Keeping Up is a highlight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 6 Mar 2008
By arturo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can't wait to read the book on Arthur Russell that I think will be out soon. This guy was a pure genius, experimenting with different genres and bringing the NYC downtown together. Whether in pop, disco, rock or pure weirdness, Arthur Russell created brilliant music that will stand the test of time. Apparently he walked around New York at night listening to his demos and I dare you to do the same and listen to "I'm losing my taste for the nightlife" from this album without shedding a tear. A very personal and beautiful album.
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