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Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics
     

Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics

by Jon Hassell
 

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Largely thought of merely as a mostly stillborn offshoot of Brian Eno's larger ambient music series, the Fourth World series of albums, in collaboration with trumpeter Jon Hassell, is actually an entirely separate beast. Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics starts off from the same basic idea as Hassell's previous solo albums, like Earthquake Island<

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Largely thought of merely as a mostly stillborn offshoot of Brian Eno's larger ambient music series, the Fourth World series of albums, in collaboration with trumpeter Jon Hassell, is actually an entirely separate beast. Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics starts off from the same basic idea as Hassell's previous solo albums, like Earthquake Island and Vernal Equinox: a blend of avant-garde composition, jazz soloing, and African and Middle Eastern rhythmic forms. This album adds only Eno's characteristic production touches, like the reversed echo that adds a ghostly, unreal edge to Hassell's trumpet solos on the side-long "Charm (Over Burundi Cloud)." The rest of the album, including the African hand drummers on the hypnotic "Delta Rain Dream" and the swirling, almost speech-like solos of "Griot," is pure Hassell. Although this album was never a chart hit and has become surprisingly underappreciated over the years, its influence on what has since become known as tribal techno is incalculable, as has its influence on those art rockers who have picked up a world music vibe. Peter Gabriel in particular owes a fair chunk of his royalty checks from Security onward to Jon Hassell.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2014
Label:
Glitterbeat
UPC:
4030433601921
catalogNumber:
19
Rank:
14570

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jon Hassell   Primary Artist,Trumpet,ARP,Loops,Prophet 5,Interviewee
Naná Vasconcelos   Conga,Ghatam,Loop Drums
Jerome Harris   Bass
Michael Brook   Bass
Brian Eno   Guitar,Prophet Synthesizer,Mini Moog,Prophet 5
Percy Jones   Bass
Paul Fitzgerald   electronics
Andrew Timar   Hand Clapping
Tina Pearson   Hand Clapping
Gordon Philips   Hand Clapping
Ayibe Dieng   Conga,Ghatam

Technical Credits

Jon Hassell   Composer,Producer,Loop
Chris Eckman   Reissue Producer
Brian Eno   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Michael Jay   Engineer
Night-Creatures   Contributor
Bostjan Pavletic   Original Design Concept
Of Altamira   Contributor

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