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The Roots of Drone

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Gathering together an incredible cross section of recordings both obscure and not, the Roots of Drone compilation aims to highlight the early history of experiments with repetition and single-note musicality that have gone on to influence generations of sound from techno to metal. The collection omits obvious examples of drone in the rock arena Velvet Underground, Can, Spacemen 3, etc. and leans more toward an extremely wide variety of sounds from raw blues primitivism to field recorded bagpipe soliloquies. Minimalist composers like John Cage show up, as does Miles Davis' Kind of Blue classic "So What," taking on a different view when couched in the context of drone ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Gathering together an incredible cross section of recordings both obscure and not, the Roots of Drone compilation aims to highlight the early history of experiments with repetition and single-note musicality that have gone on to influence generations of sound from techno to metal. The collection omits obvious examples of drone in the rock arena Velvet Underground, Can, Spacemen 3, etc. and leans more toward an extremely wide variety of sounds from raw blues primitivism to field recorded bagpipe soliloquies. Minimalist composers like John Cage show up, as does Miles Davis' Kind of Blue classic "So What," taking on a different view when couched in the context of drone fundamentalism. Apart from being an engaging and colorful playlist, Roots of Drone's strongest attribute is its curation and arrangement of these 37 tracks. Finding a commonality at all between the fiery gospel of Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers and Ravi Shankar's sun-drenched ragas is no small feat, but being able to coherently gather such eclectic recordings together under the shared umbrella of early drone prototypes really takes considered research and dedication.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2012
  • Label: Chrome Dreams
  • UPC: 823564622026
  • Catalog Number: 5078
  • Sales rank: 218,886

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sally Goodin - Eck Robertson (1:03)
  2. 2 Pibroch o' Donald Dubh - Pipe Major Macintosh (2:29)
  3. 3 Nijamarmamulan Raga Umabharanam - Veena Dhanammal (2:58)
  4. 4 Good Lord (Rum Old Jeremiah) - Austin Coleman (4:31)
  5. 5 Raga Bhairava - The Original Uday Shankar Company of Hindu Musicia (3:17)
  6. 6 Hindoo Man - George Formby (3:02)
  7. 7 Skye Boat Song - Pipes and Drums of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards (2:50)
  8. 8 4'33" - John Cage (4:35)
  9. 9 Wandering Blues - John Lee Hooker (3:16)
  10. 10 Mediana - Efisio Melis (2:49)
  11. 11 Shostakovich String Quartet #4 in D, Op 83-4 Allegretto - Borodin Quartet (10:11)
  12. 12 The Coo-Coo Bird - Clarence Ashley (2:56)
  13. 13 On the Road Again - Floyd Jones (3:11)
  14. 14 Come and Go To That Land - Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers (2:36)
  15. 15 Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters (2:54)
  16. 16 Raga Simhendra Madhyamam - Ravi Shankar (10:51)
  17. 17 Live Beetle Jew's Harp - Wam Tribe New Guinea (1:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Need A Hundred Dollars - One String Sam (3:03)
  2. 2 Third Movement - Webern's Five Pieces For Orchestra (1:49)
  3. 3 For Brass - LaMonte Young (5:06)
  4. 4 Wagner-Rheingold Prelude - Hans Knappertsbusch (3:42)
  5. 5 The Eternal Voice - Monks of the Kume Tarsang Monastery of Lhasa,Tibet (2:58)
  6. 6 Trio For Strings - Giacinto Scelsi (3:09)
  7. 7 Sleepwalk - Lou Monte (2:22)
  8. 8 The Little Drummer Boy - Harry Simeone Chorale (3:10)
  9. 9 [Untitled] - Batuta, Rumania (1:15)
  10. 10 She's Alright - Bo Diddley (2:39)
  11. 11 I Asked For Water (She Game Me Gasoline) - Howlin' Wolf (2:51)
  12. 12 Jesus on the Main Line - Viola James & Congregation (3:39)
  13. 13 Lero, Baluchistan - Khuda Box Mandrani (0:55)
  14. 14 Trouble In My Way - The Swan Silvertones (2:36)
  15. 15 Ben Hur/Arrius Party - Miklós Rózsa (0:57)
  16. 16 So What - Miles Davis (9:26)
  17. 17 Sun Arise - Rolf Harris (2:26)
  18. 18 Haydn Symphony No. 104 'London" (Spiritoso) - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (5:06)
  19. 19 Signifying Blues - Bo Diddley (2:37)
  20. 20 Monotone Symphony - Yves Klein (2:52)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Floyd Jones Composer
George Formby Composer
Franz Joseph Haydn Composer
Miklós Rózsa Composer
Dmitry Shostakovich Composer
Richard Wagner Composer
Anton Webern Composer
John Cage Composer
Giacinto Scelsi Composer
Ravi Shankar Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
LaMonte Young Composer
Rolf Harris Composer
Mel London Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Henry Onorati Composer
Alan Clayson Liner Notes
Alan Wilson Composer
Farina Composer
Traditional Composer
James Shorty Arranger
Gifford Cliffe Composer
Gifford Composer
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