24>>24 Music [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Of all the posthumous recordings in Arthur Russell's voluminous legacy, the Dinosaur L recordings from 1981, titled 24 -> 24 Music on the original Sleeping Bag Records imprint, are the most delightful to listen to. While it's true in one way they are not the most musically sophisticated of his many recordings -- and this is not a disclaimer, far from it -- in another way they are. Who else heard and created improvisational, non-ironic, avant-garde disco in 1981? The tunes here (at the time they were issued simply with numbered titles, and here are restored to their original names) are a series of preprogrammed beats, which change every 24 bars. Russell also used two ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Of all the posthumous recordings in Arthur Russell's voluminous legacy, the Dinosaur L recordings from 1981, titled 24 -> 24 Music on the original Sleeping Bag Records imprint, are the most delightful to listen to. While it's true in one way they are not the most musically sophisticated of his many recordings -- and this is not a disclaimer, far from it -- in another way they are. Who else heard and created improvisational, non-ironic, avant-garde disco in 1981? The tunes here (at the time they were issued simply with numbered titles, and here are restored to their original names) are a series of preprogrammed beats, which change every 24 bars. Russell also used two 24-track tape recorders (hence the title 24 -> 24) to capture the music that he very loosely scored and directed in a series of a five musical sketches, thereby allowing players to come in anywhere on any of the songs he created. He used the tape decks -- and ultimately the studio itself -- as instruments. The studio band had to improvise everything else on top of the beats: from guitar lines, horns, vocals, keyboard vamps, basslines, etc.! The Ingram family were an established act, and had worked with Russell and Will Socolov on the Loose Joints sessions the year before and were used to Russell's inventive quirks. They are fully present here, as are saxophonist Peter Gordon, organist/vocalist Julius Eastman, trombonist Peter Zummo, bassist Wilbur Bascomb Jr., conguero Mustafa Khaliq Ahmed, trumpeter Rik Albani, guitarists Larry Saltzman and Ed Tomney, and vocalists Jill Kroesen, Denise Mercedes, and Marie-Chantal Martin. The musical terrain is in the blurry hinterlands where disco, downtown avant improv, new music, and funk meet no wave playfulness. Many of these cuts were issued as 12" singles, such as "#1" ("You're Gonna Be Clean on Your Bean"); "#3" ("In the Corn Belt"), which has faux operatic vocals by a male baritone impersonating a tenor; "#5" ("Go Bang"); and so on. There is no way to actually describe what a blast this is to slap on the box and let it rip. In addition to the original tracks, Sleeping Bag and their parent company Traffic provided four bonus tracks on disc one: the Fran├žois Kevorkian remix of "Go Bang," the Larry Levan remix of "In the Corn Belt," a strange extended edit of "Go Bang!" called the "Thank You Arthur Edit," and the rare Walter Gibbons mix of "Go Bang!" There is so much spacy groove here that this disc is simply impossible to ignore if you are a fan of either Russell, strange space funk, sci-fi disco, or simply a good time. The beautiful deluxe edition of 2011 contains a second disc of rare remixes, edits, and even a test-pressing mix for "You Can't Hold Me Down." It comes as two separately packaged discs in sturdy, LP-style gatefold sleeves with a stand-alone booklet featuring a lengthy essay by Russell's biographer Tim Lawrence, with loads of photos and other ephemera. It's all packaged in a very hardy slipcased box. Get it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2011
  • Label: Traffic Ent.
  • UPC: 829357653420
  • Catalog Number: 76534
  • Sales rank: 102,844

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 #1 (You're Gonna Be Clean On Your Bean) (3:53)
  2. 2 #5 (Go Bang!) (7:54)
  3. 3 #2 (No, Thank You) (1:26)
  4. 4 #7 (1:46)
  5. 5 #3 (In The Corn Belt) (6:59)
  6. 6 #6 (Get Set) (7:11)
  7. 7 Clean On Your Bean #1 (6:35)
  8. 8 #5 Go Bang! (7:34)
  9. 9 Go Bang! (8:51)
  10. 10 In The Corn Belt (5:56)
  11. 11 Go Bang! (12:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 5 Minutes - Bonzo Goes to Washington (3:18)
  2. 2 Tiger Stripes - Felix (6:52)
  3. 3 Chill Pill - Sounds of JHS 126 Brooklyn (4:15)
  4. 4 School Bell/Treehouse - Indian Ocean (10:25)
  5. 5 You Can't Hold Me Down - Felix (5:40)
  6. 6 Treehouse/School Bell - Indian Ocean (7:03)
  7. 7 5 Minutes - Bonzo Goes to Washington (4:07)
  8. 8 You Can't Hold Me Down - Felix (6:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dinosaur L Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jill Kroesen Liner Notes
Arthur Russell Producer
Bob Blank Liner Notes
Joyce Bowden Liner Notes
Joey Negro Liner Notes
Freddy Fresh Liner Notes
Janette Beckman Liner Notes
DJ Spinna Liner Notes
Salvatore Principato Liner Notes
Trevor Gendron Art Direction
Steven Hall Liner Notes
Noah Uman Reissue Producer
Tim Lawrence Liner Notes
DJ Cerock IHS Executive Producer
Matt Wolf Liner Notes
Will Socolov Liner Notes
Tom Lee Artwork
Will C. Mike Sampson Remastering
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