Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Digging For Gold: Church Of Anthrax

John Cale & Terry Riley - Church Of Anthrax (CBS, 1971)

Cool collaboration between two minimalist composers/musicians. Before Velvet Underground, Cale was performing minimal pieces with the likes of La Monte Young, Tony Conrad, etc. while Riley is one of the pioneers of the movement with "In C." This has the two playing various pianos, synths, organs; on the opening track, Cale plays a cool bass-line. On the two long tracks there's a killer drummer too, who is criminally not credited on the record... I read a bit online and found out it was David Rosenboom from Blood, Sweat And Tears! His jazzy, in-the-pocket groove gives the pieces an early Krautrock-kinda feel; Can or Neu come to mind. Good stuff.

Download: "Church Of Anthrax"

Text by Tom Hyland, formerly of The Shop Fronts and Imaginary Icons,
as well as the man behind the much-missed Dot Dash booking empire. Be sure to
check out Gowanus Wine Merchants, his shop in scenic Brooklyn, U.S.A.

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