Locus Solus

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All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
This captures over an hour's worth of John Zorn's search for the improvised song form. Several lineups from 1983 are documented here. The first eight tracks feature Zorn with Christian Marclay spinning and Peter Blegvad speaking. The text is unremarkable for example, "Honey-Cab"'s ."..tell her everything I know/ In ink as black as carbon/ On paper white as snow", but Blegvad's sonorous delivery works well with the chaos that the other two musicians spit and spin out, combining into tides of noisy mischief. Tracks 9-15 find Zorn with Arto Lindsay providing lyrics and guitar, and Anton Fier on drums. Zorn squawks and spurts an array of sounds, from birdcall to babydoll. M.E....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
This captures over an hour's worth of John Zorn's search for the improvised song form. Several lineups from 1983 are documented here. The first eight tracks feature Zorn with Christian Marclay spinning and Peter Blegvad speaking. The text is unremarkable for example, "Honey-Cab"'s ."..tell her everything I know/ In ink as black as carbon/ On paper white as snow", but Blegvad's sonorous delivery works well with the chaos that the other two musicians spit and spin out, combining into tides of noisy mischief. Tracks 9-15 find Zorn with Arto Lindsay providing lyrics and guitar, and Anton Fier on drums. Zorn squawks and spurts an array of sounds, from birdcall to babydoll. M.E. Miller replaces Fier on drums for the next set, which features a driving rock beat. This is followed by eight pieces from Zorn, Wayne Horvitz, and Ikue Mori. The final fifth of the album captures the walloping interplay of Zorn, Miller, and turntablist Whiz Kid. Overall, an album of short, angular, experimental energy tracks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/1995
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397730323
  • Catalog Number: 7303
  • Sales rank: 122,552

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bass and the Treble (2:57)
  2. 2 Acquisition and Control of Fire (1:33)
  3. 3 Honey-Cab (2:33)
  4. 4 Switch (2:15)
  5. 5 Juan Takes It Out of His System (2:11)
  6. 6 The Wish (2:02)
  7. 7 A Case Arose (2:00)
  8. 8 The Elf (1:41)
  9. 9 Getting Curly (1:51)
  10. 10 Don't Switch (1:50)
  11. 11 Smooth Cheeks of a Big Ego (1:51)
  12. 12 Add Water (2:15)
  13. 13 Cold (1:31)
  14. 14 Fraiar T. (0:58)
  15. 15 Too Me (2:16)
  16. 16 You Rang? (1:17)
  17. 17 Self-Satisfied (1:22)
  18. 18 Agora (1:10)
  19. 19 Dot, Dot, Dot (1:14)
  20. 20 Moi Non Plus (1:43)
  21. 21 Liver (1:49)
  22. 22 The Footman's Eyes Get Crossed (1:04)
  23. 23 Heike Cipher Mystery (1:47)
  24. 24 Jedi Mind Trick (1:06)
  25. 25 Mysterious Island (2:11)
  26. 26 You Only Live Twice, Mr. Bond (1:59)
  27. 27 When Arrows Meet (1:38)
  28. 28 Never Say Never Again (1:45)
  29. 29 Sign of the Four (2:13)
  30. 30 Locus Solus, Pt. 1-2 (2:11)
  31. 31 Where Are My Victims? (2:06)
  32. 32 Disco Volante (2:06)
  33. 33 Kaiser in Borneo (1:48)
  34. 34 The Saint (1:40)
  35. 35 The Violent Death of Dutch Schultz (1:23)
  36. 36 Thunderball (1:43)
  37. 37 White Zombie (1:30)
  38. 38 The Slaves of Vesuvius (2:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Zorn Primary Artist, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Voices, Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument)
Peter Blegvad Vocals
Arto Lindsay Guitar, Vocals
Christian Marclay Recorder, Turntables
Anton Fier Drums
Wayne Horvitz Organ, Electronic Sounds
M.E. Miller Conga, Drums, Vocals
Ikue Mori Drums
Whiz Kid & YSL Turntables
Technical Credits
Martin Bisi Engineer
Michael Lytle Engineer
Christian Marclay Records
Bob Ludwig Remastering
Stevie McCallister Engineer
John Zorn Producer
Scott Hull Digital Editing
Anthony Lee Reissue Design
Tomoyo T.L. Reissue Design
Mare Earley Cover Design
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