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World of Echo Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (10 Jan. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B0006IY5GQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Tone Bone Kone
  2. Soon To Be Innocent Fun/Let’s See
  3. Answers Me
  4. Being It
  5. Place
  6. She’s The Star/ I Take This Time
  7. Treehouse
  8. See-Through
  9. Hiding Your Present From You
  10. Wax The Van
  11. All-Boy All-Girl
  12. Lucky Cloud
  13. Tower of Meaning
  14. Let’s Go Swimming
  15. The Name Of The Next Song
  16. Happy Ending
  17. Canvas Home

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World of Echo is simply astonishingly beautiful. The sound Arthur Russell creates is incredible - a shimmering, reverberating, almost tangible noise. Someone described Arthur Russell's music as Nick Drake meets New Order. Not a bad attempt to describe the man's music.
Although Arthur Russell's disco stuff is fantastic dance music, I personally prefer music of this ilk - quiet, meditative, almost melancholic (perhaps this is the result of the time he spent in a buddhist commune). Songs like "Let's Go Swimming" aren't so much a song as a glorious idea modelled by sound.
The album is essentially an exploration of echo in its various forms (Arthur explains his philosophical concepts of sound in the sleevenotes). To me, it is a great analogy. I find that the wavering notes emitted from Arthur's electric cello are released and then dragged back into place by the beat - like an echo. The structure and rhythm of the songs seems to reflect the sound itself - as opposed to mixing echoes with plosive beats and rigid song structures.
I cannot praise this album highly enough - I was afraid to write this review in case I had not evaluated its genius properly, or in case I deterred people from buying it. I hope I haven't and I hope you buy this great album. I may have ill-described the album, but I am fairly certain that it is a masterpiece, in some shape or form.
If you don't have any Arthur Russell albums, I would recommend that you buy this album simply to hear it. The sound created is incredible - if you enjoy ambient music, I'm sure you will enjoy this. If you already have Arthur Russell's other albums I imagine that you will buy this album regardless, or perhaps you already have it and are idly seeing who gave it 5 stars. Well - someone had to.
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By C. Brown VINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I bought this purely on a whim - the shop I was in seemed to be very keen on Russell and were selling this for just a fiver, so what was not to like. Fortunately, for once my intuitions were right and this turned out to be a beezer of an album. I was trying to think of the best way to describe it, given that the washes of luminous reverb and echo that cover Russell's voice and cello render it pretty unclassifiable. The closest I can get is to say its like Nick Drake singing over fragments of Lou Reed's Street Hassle. It really is that good. I'm not saying that it will be everybody's cup of tea, but for anyone looking for beauty bound in the most original of forms, this is for them.
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Disappointed with it, given it away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Feb. 2017
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great album
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 29 July 2013
By Carl R Myers - Published on
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This is an amazing Arthur Russell album. Do yourself a favor and check it out! It is truly beyond words.
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2.0 out of 5 stars uneasy listening 19 April 2012
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on
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For anyone curious about discovering the music of Arthur Russell, this is definitely NOT the album to begin your journey. "Love is Overtaking Me", for one, would be a much better album for the initiate. "World of Echo" is an appropriate title for this collection of ... sounds. I really don't think you could call these normal songs, or even standard musical compositions. The music ebbs and flows, snippets of melody occasionally bursts through the murky mix, but is otherwise buried in the dubs and echoes that abound. This is ... challenging to listen to. While I admire the fact that Arthur Russell was trying to do something different, and "artistic," I have to ask myself: Do I enjoy listening to this album? In all honesty, not much.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovery! A Wild Combination: Arthur Russell 15 July 2011
By Pam Dalsin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I don't profess to be a Musicologist, just someone who appreciates important, artistic contributions. I am a visual artist. I have always loved music, but accepted the fact that I did not have the innate skills to become a great musician - although, I developed an early appreciation of music. In terms of Arthur Russell, I am not talking about music that overtakes us and makes us 'shake our booty'! I appreciate that from time to time - no doubt - as I LOVE to dance. Arthur avoided trite commercialization. I believe that Arthur Russells's art was created with committment, humility and a profound sense of his Reality. As time goes on, his music grows into something greater than even he (possibly) originally conceived. His Echo music has powers to heal - not only the mind, but the spirit. I don't know where he found his Muse, but, he certainly followed it very diligently and with a great deal of conviction and heart. Wow, quite a journey this guy took! Gotta admire that. I just discovered his music through the video, "Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell". Yes, as is with most of us, he had feet of clay and made some mistakes, but I am greatful to have learned about him and his music. My world will never be the same...
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 20 Mar. 2005
By Benjamin D. Collins - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It sounds kind of like nick drake if he had played cello instead of guitar. That's about the best thing I can say and if that means anything to you then buy this record.
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