Plague Mass (1984 End of the Epidemic)

Plague Mass (1984 End of the Epidemic)

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by Diamanda Galás
     
 

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Diamanda Galas, who has been known for both her own work and as a singer of extremely demanding modern scores, created this heart-wrenching cry about the physical suffering caused by the AIDS plague being compounded by the shameful arrogance of self-appointed moralists. Maintaining an incredible intensity and depth for over an hour's solo vocal (recorded live at The… See more details below

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Diamanda Galas, who has been known for both her own work and as a singer of extremely demanding modern scores, created this heart-wrenching cry about the physical suffering caused by the AIDS plague being compounded by the shameful arrogance of self-appointed moralists. Maintaining an incredible intensity and depth for over an hour's solo vocal (recorded live at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC, with suitably minimal band and electronics backup), Galas proceeds through Mahalia Jackson-influenced spiritual singing, saxophone-like wails, to dramatic dialogues in many dialects and languages ("there are no more tickets to the funeral") to engrossing Portuguese fado singing to taking on the attributes of Satan (in "Sono L'Antichristo," "I Am the Anti-Christ") in order to challenge the concept of a vengeful, instead of compassionate deity (and society), much as Nina Simone did in her controversial song "God Is a Killer" in the '60s. The Mass ends with the heartfelt lyrics "I go to sleep each evening now dreaming of the grave and see the friends I used to know calling out my name. O Lord Jesus, do you think I've served my time ?." At times, the singing is "self-indulgent," but, oh well.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/1991
Label:
Mute U.S.
UPC:
0024596104324
catalogNumber:
1043
Rank:
104157

Tracks

  1. There Are No More Tickets To The Funeral  - Diamanda Galás
  2. This Is the Law of the Plague  - Diamanda Galás
  3. I Wake up and I See the Face of the Devil  - Diamanda Galás
  4. Confessional  - Diamanda Galás
  5. How Shall Our Judgement Be Carried out upon the Wicked  - Diamanda Galás
  6. Let Us Praise the Masters of Slow Death  - Diamanda Galás
  7. Consecration  - Diamanda Galás
  8. Sono l'Antichristo  - Diamanda Galás
  9. Cris d'Aveugle  - Diamanda Galás
  10. Let My People Go  - Diamanda Galás
  11. [Untitled Track]  - Diamanda Galás
  12. [Untitled Track]  - Diamanda Galás
  13. [Untitled Track]  - Diamanda Galás
  14. [Untitled Track]  - Diamanda Galás

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Diamanda Galás   Primary Artist,Piano
Blaise Dupuy   Keyboards
David Linton   Percussion,Drums
Ramon Diaz   Percussion

Technical Credits

Diamanda Galás   Arranger
Blaise Dupuy   Producer
Tim Holmes   Liner Notes
Rory Johnston   Executive Producer
Kooster McAllister   Engineer
Kurt Munkasci   Producer
Kurt Muckacsi   Producer
Immanuel Velikovsky   Liner Notes
Scott Widney   Engineer
Naj Wikoff   Producer
Jedediah Wheeler   Producer
Simon Nathan   Engineer
Scott Widney   Engineer
E. Smith   Composer

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