Amarillo Ramp (For Robert Smithson)

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The Amarillo Ramp is an enormous land sculpture created in 1973 by the artist Robert Smithson just outside the small panhandle city of Amarillo, TX. Pictured on the front of Lee Ranaldo's fifth solo album, the Amarillo Ramp is a circular elevation that slowly builds from ground level to a sort of peak. It's a lovely thing, as is Ranaldo's half-hour instrumental of the same title, which builds on a similar structure, gradually moving from absolute stillness to a slowly-building climax, as Ranaldo loops short guitar phrases and layers them atop one another. Bearing a surprising resemblance to Philip Glass' earliest works (although the actual recording process is much closer...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The Amarillo Ramp is an enormous land sculpture created in 1973 by the artist Robert Smithson just outside the small panhandle city of Amarillo, TX. Pictured on the front of Lee Ranaldo's fifth solo album, the Amarillo Ramp is a circular elevation that slowly builds from ground level to a sort of peak. It's a lovely thing, as is Ranaldo's half-hour instrumental of the same title, which builds on a similar structure, gradually moving from absolute stillness to a slowly-building climax, as Ranaldo loops short guitar phrases and layers them atop one another. Bearing a surprising resemblance to Philip Glass' earliest works (although the actual recording process is much closer to Robert Fripp's Frippertronics methods), "Amarillo Ramp" is one of Ranaldo's most impressive achievements. The other four pieces sound rather like leftovers in comparison, but they're not without merit. "Non-Site #3" is a fractious jam with fellow Sonic Youth folks Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley, while the acoustic instrumental "Here" sounds very much like Ranaldo's acknowledged hero John Fahey. The two vocal pieces, "Notebook" and a faithful but unilluminating cover of John Lennon's "Isolation," are less essential, but, overall, this is a terrific and adventurous album for experimental rock fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/1998
  • Label: Starlight Furniture
  • UPC: 759718700824
  • Catalog Number: 8
  • Sales rank: 174,763

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Amarillo Ramp (For Robert Smithson)
  2. 2 Non-Site #3
  3. 3 Notebook
  4. 4 Here
  5. 5 Isolation
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Ranaldo Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Epic Soundtracks Drums
Thurston Moore Guitar
Steve Shelley Drums
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Lee Ranaldo Producer
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