Love of Life Orchestra

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The downtown New York avant-garde scene of the late 1970s was both incredibly fertile and startlingly expansive; there was groundbreaking music being made in virtually every subgenre of classical, pop, and jazz music, and in retrospect, an unusually high percentage of that music was both conceptually fascinating and aesthetically rewarding. Composer Peter Gordon was responsible for more than his share of it, both as leader of the Love of Life Orchestra and as sideman to such illustrious artists as Laurie Anderson, the Flying Lizards, and David Van Tieghem (who also served as a member of LOLO). This collection brings together eight of Gordon's more popular and influential ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The downtown New York avant-garde scene of the late 1970s was both incredibly fertile and startlingly expansive; there was groundbreaking music being made in virtually every subgenre of classical, pop, and jazz music, and in retrospect, an unusually high percentage of that music was both conceptually fascinating and aesthetically rewarding. Composer Peter Gordon was responsible for more than his share of it, both as leader of the Love of Life Orchestra and as sideman to such illustrious artists as Laurie Anderson, the Flying Lizards, and David Van Tieghem (who also served as a member of LOLO). This collection brings together eight of Gordon's more popular and influential recordings from that era, including "Beginning of the Heartbreak/Don't Don't" (immortalized for contemporary hipsters by LCD Soundsystem on their Fabriclive.36 compilation) and Gordon's take on the Stephen Foster song "Beautiful Dreamer," a deconstructive collaboration with Justine & the Victorian Punks. Gordon approached pop music conventions as a composer: he took disco beats and punchy horn parts and funk bass figures and notated them, creating music that tried to wed the structure and discipline of classical music with the excitement and accessibility of pop music. Inevitably, the results were mixed: at times (notably the rather saccharine "Roses on the Disco Floor" and the ultimately silly mangling of "Beautiful Dreamer") the music feels slightly strangled by its structural rigor, but at other times (like the rhythmically wacky "Iago's Escape" and the Material-flavored "That Hat") Gordon shows how much depth and musicality can be brought to pop music by someone with serious compositional chops. Appearances by Arto Lindsay and David Byrne add more period interest to the program, and anyone with fond memories of downtown music from this period will find plenty to enjoy here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • Label: Dfa Records
  • UPC: 829732222920
  • Catalog Number: 2229
  • Sales rank: 76,325

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beginning of the Heartbreak/Don't Don't - Love of Life Orchestra (8:50)
  2. 2 Extended Niceties - Love of Life Orchestra (6:41)
  3. 3 Don't Don't (Reprise) - Love of Life Orchestra (1:25)
  4. 4 Roses On the Disco Floor - Love of Life Orchestra (8:49)
  5. 5 Still You - Justine And The Victorian Punks (7:43)
  6. 6 Beautiful Dreamer - Justine And The Victorian Punks (8:06)
  7. 7 Iago's Escape - Love of Life Orchestra (7:16)
  8. 8 That Hat - Love of Life Orchestra (9:01)
  9. 9 Another Heartbreak/Don't Don't Redux - Love of Life Orchestra (12:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Laurence Gordon Primary Artist
Arthur Russell Vocals, Valve Clarinet
Ned Sublette Guitar
David Byrne Guitar
David Johansen Harmonica, Vocals
Brian Lynch Trumpet
Garrett List Trombone
Arto Lindsay Guitar
Robby Ameen Percussion, Drums
Rebecca Armstrong Vocals
Ernie Brooks Bass
Shem Guibbory Violin
Shelley Hirsch Vocals
Iris Hiskey Vocals
Dora Ohrenstein Vocals
Lenny Pickett Baritone Saxophone
Larry Saltzman Guitar
David Van Tieghem Percussion, Drums, electronic percussion
Rik Albani Trumpet
Martha Mooke Viola
Bill Ruyle Percussion
Randy Gun Guitar
Paul Nowinski Bass
Technical Credits
Stephen Foster Composer
Arthur Russell Composer
Ned Sublette Liner Notes
Peter Laurence Gordon Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Adaptation
David Stone Engineer
Leanne Ungar Engineer
Eric Liljestrand Engineer
Keith Haring Drawing
Kit Fitzgerald Cover Art
Frank Eaton Engineer
Ninni Pascale Engineer
Mario Savastano Engineer
Jonathan Galkin Executive Producer
Rob Carmichael Layout
Kurt Munkacsi Producer, Engineer
Jon Martinez Engineer
Colette Justine Artwork
Eric Boucek Engineer
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