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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining view of the underdogs of music.
Ever since my days listening to John Peel late at night, I have had a soft spot for people on the fringes of the music world, the underdogs whose "music" despite everything is interesting, as it is unusual. This is good sampler CD of such "Outsider" music.
Published on 30 Aug 2009 by L. Kearney

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1.0 out of 5 stars Its whatever they say
The main qualification is that Outsider Music has to remain a cult because basically this is music outside the mainstream.
The first true Outsider Music was out of the classical music field-Stockhausen,Anton Webern,John Cage,Edgar Varese,Charles Ives
In the Jazz world it was Theolonious Monk,Albert Ayler,Sun Ra,John Coltrane
Today some of the most Outsider...
Published on 30 May 2011 by Richard


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining view of the underdogs of music., 30 Aug 2009
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L. Kearney (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Songs in the Key Of Z, Vol. 1 & 2: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music (Audio CD)
Ever since my days listening to John Peel late at night, I have had a soft spot for people on the fringes of the music world, the underdogs whose "music" despite everything is interesting, as it is unusual. This is good sampler CD of such "Outsider" music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, 14 April 2009
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This review is from: Songs in the Key Of Z, Vol. 1 & 2: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music (Audio CD)
This collection is astounding! It has introduced me to musicians that I might never have heard of and all of the music is top notch. It doesn't sound wnky to me, just experimental. In fact, some of the tracks are very listener friendly. I wish there were a disc 3.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fringe Beneficiary, 19 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Songs in the Key Of Z, Vol. 1 & 2: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music (Audio CD)
Once you've journeyed through the furthest backwaters of KrautRock Punk, Post Punk and Garage Psychedelia with a long detour through the undergrowth of the early Eighties cassette underground, where else is there to go? This is where, to the Curious Universe of Outsider Music. This book and CD sent me off on a quest that ultimately encompassed far more than music (There is an outer fringe of everything, Art, Literature, Science, Religion)and is still far from over. Not everything here is great. For me, to qualify as great 'Outsider' music something must have a quality that goes beyond a mere 'So bad it's good' jokey kind of vibe; and not every track has that. But some definitely do and Chusid's writing and musical selections have introduced me to artists of whom I will remain a fan for as long as I live, particularly the Shaggs, Daniel Johnston and Jandek (investigating his work could become a lifetime quest in itself). My only other criticism is that some of the selections are a little mainstream. I mean, Beefheart and Barrett are all time heroes of mine, but they are not 'Outsiders' in the true sense; nor are Joe Meek and Scott Walker (though the latter's last 3 albums perhaps make him an honourary member. Apart from that, great stuff; and here are some suggestions for a volume 3 (if Chusid won't write it, maybe I will one day): Gary Wilson; Ivor Cutler; John Otway; Kimya Dawson (perhaps too mainstream after 'Juno');Ed Askew; Jeffrey Lewis and others that will come to me now that the seed has been planted.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly Present - CD, 25 Dec 2011
This review is from: Songs in the Key Of Z, Vol. 1 & 2: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music (Audio CD)
This item turned up quickly haven't listened to it yet but am hoping that I will soon.

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Bobby
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1.0 out of 5 stars Its whatever they say, 30 May 2011
This review is from: Songs in the Key Of Z, Vol. 1 & 2: The Curious Universe of Outsider Music (Audio CD)
The main qualification is that Outsider Music has to remain a cult because basically this is music outside the mainstream.
The first true Outsider Music was out of the classical music field-Stockhausen,Anton Webern,John Cage,Edgar Varese,Charles Ives
In the Jazz world it was Theolonious Monk,Albert Ayler,Sun Ra,John Coltrane
Today some of the most Outsider music has been made by Neo Classicists on labels like Unknown Public and Argo-the label
But this collections is what might be called short and not very sweet and includes things which might even have been considered for the pop charts.But probably not R Stevie Moore who is the King of the DIY album
In fact what's been chosen here is pretty ratty stuff which in some cases is enough to put you off music.Having listened to some of the samples out of curiosity I was bored-its nothing more than boring
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