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Revolutions Per Minute (The Art Record) (1982)
2xLP, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc/The Charing Hill Company, 1982
A scarce double disc of the great and the good from the early 1980s NYC art scene, this is a very mixed bag of sound pieces, spoken word and, well, some songs. But there are some gems here too, so this isn’t just notable for its rarity. The Bill Burroughs piece has his voice slowly set out of phase like an early Steve Reich piece. And the Terry Fox excerpt, from recordings made from a show where he wired very lengthy steel springs from the altar to the doors of an Italian church and then twanged them, basking in the glorious reverb, is pretty special.
This was released in a limited run, in a gatefold covered in notes, plus a couple of fold-out posters with further sleevenotes and alternative cover designs. There was also a 500-copy run with prints from may of the contributors as a collector’s item. We ain’t got that one. NB, 320 rip.