Ork Records: New York, New York

Ork Records: New York, New York


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Rock & roll would probably not survive if it weren't for the passion and enthusiasm of enlightened amateurs who stepped in where professionals would keep their distance. Terry Ork is an excellent case in point; Ork was an aspiring artist and filmmaker who moved to New York City in the late '60s hoping to become part of Andy Warhol's


Rock & roll would probably not survive if it weren't for the passion and enthusiasm of enlightened amateurs who stepped in where professionals would keep their distance. Terry Ork is an excellent case in point; Ork was an aspiring artist and filmmaker who moved to New York City in the late '60s hoping to become part of Andy Warhol's retinue. In the '70s, Ork worked at Cinemabilia, a Greenwich Village bookshop that specialized in film-related books and memorabilia, where he met two guys who were forming a band. Those guys were Tom Verlaine and Richard Hell, and the band was Television; Ork loved their music enough that be became their first manager, and in 1975 he teamed with Charles Ball to form Ork Records, whose first release was Television's debut single, "Little Johnny Jewel." Ork and his cohorts had more ideas and ambition than money, but the label struggled along until 1980, and by being in the right place at the right time, Ork ended up recording some seminal performances by acts on the CBGB and Max's Kansas City scene like Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Alex Chilton, the dB's, Cheetah Chrome, the Erasers, and the Student Teachers. Respected reissue label the Numero Group acquired the Ork Records archives after the death of Charles Ball in 2012 (Ork succumbed to colon cancer in 2004), and Ork Records: New York, New York features 49 songs either released by Ork or recorded for projected releases that the label lacked the funds to press. Ork Records has been described as America's first punk label, though one should keep in mind that many of Ork's acts were punk in the way Television, Talking Heads, and Blondie were considered punk in 1976; a lot of this material plays more like new wave (the Revelons, the Erasers) or power pop (Prix, the Marbles) from a distance of a few decades. But Ork and Ball clearly had excellent taste and a good sense of what would work in the studio, and these rare tracks by the Feelies, Richard Hell, Alex Chilton, Kenneth Higney, the Student Teachers, and Richard Lloyd are fun, exciting, and a splendid reflection of the "anything goes" spirit of the early New York punk scene before stylistic codification set it. (And Ork or Ball must have been fascinated by the notion of rock critics singing, with Lester Bangs, Mick Farren, and Lenny Kaye all represented here, the latter under the stage name Link Cromwell.) Ork Records: New York, New York is a superb evocation of a vitally important time and place in American rock & roll, and it's fun, eclectic listening to boot.

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Disc 1

  1. Little Johnny Jewel
  2. Fa C.-La
  3. (I Belong to The) Blank Generation
  4. The Way (You Touch My Hand)
  5. I Won’t Give Up
  6. All of the Time
  7. (I Thought) You Wanted to Know
  8. Zero
  9. Red Lights
  10. Take Me Home and Make Me Like It
  11. Girl
  12. Girl That I Love
  13. Lost Johnny
  14. Still Wanna Die
  15. You
  16. Christmas Weather
  17. It Was So Funny (The Song That They Sung)
  18. (I Could Live with You) (In) Another World
  19. The Summer Sun
  20. Free Again
  21. (I Thought) You Wanted to Know
  22. Channel 13
  23. Where the Fun Is
  24. Everytime I Close My Eyes

Disc 2

  1. Forces at Work
  2. Fire and Smoke
  3. 97 Tears
  4. Take Me Home
  5. You Gotta Lose
  6. If and When
  7. Play With Fire
  8. The Get Off of My Cloud
  9. The Singer Not the Song
  10. Connection
  11. Summertime Blues
  12. To Know Him Is to Love Him
  13. Crazy Like a Fox
  14. Shock Me
  15. I Wanna Be the King
  16. Let It Blurt
  17. Bangkok
  18. Big Black Truck
  19. She Might Look My Way
  20. Can't Seem to Make You Mine
  21. Love You All Day Long
  22. Shakin' the World
  23. Love You Tonight
  24. Live
  25. Funky Kinky

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Bell   Guitar
Alex Chilton   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Hell   Vocals
Robert Quine   Guitar
Tom Verlaine   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Chris Stamey   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Mick Farren   Vocals
Tommy Hoehn   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Lloyd   Guitar,Vocals
Ritchie Adams   Guitar,Harmonica
David Beaver   Keyboards
Marc Bell   Drums
David Bowler   Drums
Cheetah Chrome   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Jay Dee Daugherty   Drums
Vinny Denunzio   Drums
James Luther Dickinson   Synthesizer
Mitch Easter   Drums,Vocals,Echoplex
Billy Ficca   Drums
Gordon Gaines   Percussion,Drums
Alan Gordon   Drums
John Hampton   Drums
Jody Harris   Guitar
Peter Holsapple   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Chris Hughes   Drums
Andy Hummel   Organ
Barry Jones   Guitar,Vocals
Ivan Julian   Bass
Arthur Kane   Bass
Lenny Kaye   Bass,Vocals
Fran Kowalski   Keyboards
John Lightman   Bass
John Lynch   Bass,Percussion
Glenn Mercer   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Million   Guitar
Jerry Nolan   Drums
Zeph Paulson   Drums
Richard Rosebrough   Drums
Fred Smith   Bass
Doug Snyder   Bass
Ty Styx   Drums
Jon Tiven   Guitar,Background Vocals
Ken Woodley   Bass
Lester Bangs   Vocals
Lloyd Fonoroff   Drums
Howard Bowler   Guitar
Jim Clifford   Bass
Bill Arning   Keyboards
Steve Dior   Guitar,Vocals
David Ebony   Keyboards
Richie Lure   Guitar
Susan Springfield   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Wynbrandt   Guitar,Vocals
Vic Steffans   Drums
Eric Li   Keyboards,Vocals
Ken Shipley   Compield
Jane Fire   Drums
Lori Reese   Bass
Kenneth Higney   Guitar,Vocals
Rob Sevier   Compield
Rick Clark   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Billy Balls   Piano,Keyboards
Michael Hillman   Drums
David Hofstra   Bass
Mark Volpe   Guitar,Percussion
Keith DeNunzio   Bass
David Scharff   Vocals
Dana Duquet   Drums,Vocals
Nels Pierce   Bass,Vocals
Phillip Shelley   Guitar
Laura Davis   Drums
Janis Cafasso   Background Vocals
Jody Irushalmi   Bass
Gregory Pickard   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Chris Bell   Producer
Alex Chilton   Producer
Richard Hell   Producer
Chris Stamey   Producer
Jimmy Destri   Producer
Richard Lloyd   Producer
Craig Leon   Producer
Mark Abel   Producer
Ritchie Adams   Producer
Alan Betrock   Producer
Jay Dee Daugherty   Producer
Tom Duffy   Engineer
Glenn Mercer   Producer
Bill Million   Producer
Adam Muñoz   Engineer
Richard Robinson   Engineer
Fred Smith   Producer
Doug Snyder   Producer
Jon Tiven   Producer,Engineer
Ken Shipley   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Brooke Delarco   Engineer
Rob Sevier   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Larry Kusik   Producer
Steve Zion   Producer

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