Irresistible Impulse

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Along with Lydia Lunch, James Chance was one of the key figures in the no wave movement of the late '70s in New York. Armed with an alto sax and a disjointed funk band that knew exactly what they were getting into, Chance combined a disco beat, Ornette Coleman's Prime Time, James Brown's funk, and Stooges-era Iggy Pop theatrics that few have ever come close to matching. It wasn't odd that members of his paying audience would occasionally get assaulted by Chance if they weren't up and dancing. Unlike G.G. Allin, Chance never flung feces to get his point across, he went straight for the throat. Irresistible Impulse is an amazing triple-disc, 49-song box set covering Chance's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Along with Lydia Lunch, James Chance was one of the key figures in the no wave movement of the late '70s in New York. Armed with an alto sax and a disjointed funk band that knew exactly what they were getting into, Chance combined a disco beat, Ornette Coleman's Prime Time, James Brown's funk, and Stooges-era Iggy Pop theatrics that few have ever come close to matching. It wasn't odd that members of his paying audience would occasionally get assaulted by Chance if they weren't up and dancing. Unlike G.G. Allin, Chance never flung feces to get his point across, he went straight for the throat. Irresistible Impulse is an amazing triple-disc, 49-song box set covering Chance's entire career. It includes all four of his full-length albums, three on the Ze label Buy the Contortions, Off White, and Flaming Demonics and his 1982 release on Chris Stein's Animal Records, Sax Maniac. Also included are extremely rare tracks from Theme From Grutzi Elvis, Melt Yourself Down, Soul Exorcism, the unreleased Judy Taylor Sessions, one messed-up Christmas carol, "Christmas With Satan," and a 32-page booklet to boot. James Chance is definitely an acquired taste, but make no mistake, this set of danceable sleaze will leave its mark on the novice and have the ardent fan frothing.
Rolling Stone - Jenny Eliscu
This set is a worthy investment.
Entertainment Weekly - Marc Weingarten
The template rarely wavers but the fun never wanes. (A-)

The template rarely wavers but the fun never wanes. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2003
  • Label: Tiger Style
  • UPC: 686806003720
  • Catalog Number: 37

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Chance Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, farfisa organ
Robert Quine Guitar
Brian Lynch Trumpet
Jack Walrath Trumpet
Ray Mantilla Conga
Adele Bertei Organ, Electric Piano, Vocals
Arto Lindsay Guitar, Percussion
Robert Arron Piano, Tenor Saxophone
Joseph Bowie Trombone
Pablo Calogero Baritone Saxophone
Don Christensen Drums
Chris Cunningham Guitar
Richard Dworkin Drums
Lenny Ferrari Conga
Patrick Geoffrois Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Jody Harris Guitar
Dave Hofstra Bass
Robin Marlowe Vocals, Background Vocals
Al McDowell Bass
John Mulkerin Trumpet
Ralph Rolle Percussion, Drums
Luther Thomas Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Background Vocals
Colin Wade Bass
Fred Wells Guitar
Lorenzo Wyche Trumpet
Kristian Hoffman Piano, Vocals
Pat Place Slide Guitar
Anya Phillips Vocals, Background Vocals
Richie Harrison Drums
Bradley Field Percussion
Jerry Agony Guitar
Lola Blank Vocals
Joe Gallant Bass
Paul Colin Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
James Brown Composer
James Chance Arranger, Composer, Producer
Michael Jackson Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Bob Blank Engineer
August Darnell Producer
Alan Douches Mastering
Duke Ellington Composer
Daphna Edwards Producer
Bill Inglot Mastering
Johnny Mercer Composer
Kurt Munkasci Engineer
Steve Rosenthal Engineer
Mike Stoller Composer
Judy Taylor Executive Producer
Juan Tizol Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
James Nares Contributor
Diego Cortez Producer
Eric Mitchell Contributor
Daniel Hersch Mastering
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