The Inspiration of William Blake

The Inspiration of William Blake

by Jah Wobble

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The Inspiration of William Blake

From his early days on the British punk scene to his stint with Public Image Ltd., from his world music/dance fusions with the Invaders of the Heart to his later collaborations with Bill Laswell and Brian Eno, Jah Wobble has always been willing to try anything that strikes his fancy. Maybe that explains why he chose to write music to accompany the words of William Blake, the 19th century poet/artist/mystic cited as an influence by Beat writers like Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. But Wobble went several steps further, creating a concept album using atmospheric textures as a backdrop for his recitations of some of Blake's greatest poems. Skip past the repetitive opening track, "Songs of Innocence," and the rest of the album is a delightfully unusual marriage of spoken word and music. "Lonely London" features former Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit, whose intricate grooves meet Mark Ferda's rich atmospheric textures and Wobble's hypnotic dub bassline to form a swirling psychedelic vision Blake would be proud of, while "Bananas" uses percussion, synths, and samples to create an ethnic-influenced sound not unlike Dead Can Dance gone techno. The first release from Wobble's 30 Hertz label, this album foretells intriguing future output.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2003
Label: 30 Hertz Records
UPC: 5019148627227
catalogNumber: 13

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jah Wobble   Primary Artist,Bass,Drums,Gong,Keyboards,Voices,Vibes,Ambience
Clive Bell   Khen,Pi-Saw
Mark Ferda   Synthesizer,Voices
Neville Murray   Percussion
Abdel Ali Slimani   Voices
Jaki Liebezeit   Drums
Kui Hsuing Li   Don Shui
Zi Lan Liao   Voices
Mark Angelo   Synthesizer
Justin Adams   Guitar,Percussion

Technical Credits

Clive Bell   Contributor
Mark Ferda   Engineer,Atmosphere
Jah Wobble   Producer,Orchestration,Atmosphere
Kui Hsuing Li   Contributor
Hugo Scholten   Engineer
Mark Angelo   Engineer
Andre Schmidt   Engineer

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