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Boxset / Compilation · 1980

Tracklist

A1.O.A.O
A2.On Sadism
A3.White Man
A4.Process / Motion
B1.Reduction
B2. Heritage
B3.Secret Life
B4.Dark Things

Line-up/Musicians

- Bill Laswell / 4 and 6 string basses
- Cliff Cultreri / guitar
- Michael Beinhorn / synthesizers, pianos, clarinet, percussion, tapes
- Fred Maher / guitar, drums, rhythm box, percussion
- Bill Bacon / drums
- Don Davis / sax

About this release

Celluloid – 204527-320(US/France)

Side A recorded July 23 to 25, 1979 at Eddy Offord's Studio, Woodstock, N.Y..
Side B recorded September 25 & 26, 1980 at Lindon Studio, Pa..
All of this LP tracks are also to find, among others, on the 'Secret Life' double LP on Jungle Records

Thanks to snobb for the addition and JS for the updates

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So this is where it all begins for Bill Laswell. Although in a few short years he would be rubbing elbows on a regular basis with greats like Herbie Hancock, Bernie Worrell and Ginger Baker, this first Material album (a combination of their first two EPs) finds Laswell working within the humbling confines of a three member group (counting himself even) and no massive V.I.P guest list. Material, at this point, was still part of that early 80s 'No New York' jazz/funk influenced post punk scene that also brought us Lydia Lunch, James White and the Blacks, Defunkt and various offshoots from Ornette's Prime Time band, and those punky roots show. Although the expected Laswell influences from funk, avant-garde, jazz, and techno are here, on this first Material album everything is still filtered through a harsh punk ascetic that matched their surroundings at the time. Although kind of dated and obscure by today's standards, I still find a lot of music on here to be kind of 'fun'. Side B opens with the albums two best songs, both feature driving punk- funk/techno rhythms topped with pseudo Frippesque melodies from guitarist Michael Beinhorn. Both of these two tracks remind me of Fripp's post-punk/exotica instrumental group, League of Gentlemen. I've always thought that Fripp's gentlemanly band was influenced by the early 80s NYC artsy post-punk scene, so here is your classic cross- influence? ..maybe. Side B closes with 'Secret Life', a virtual Kraftwerk clone, but a very good one.

Continuing backwards from side B, side A opens with some OK harsh punky funk that sounds like Bowie's 'Fame' without the vocals. From there this side descends into mediocrity with an odd Fred Frithish avant-garde funk number followed by two rock numbers with harsh scratchy 'vocals'. Hard to believe that ultra-sophisticated world beats entrepreneur Bill Laswell was once an uncouth 'punk rocker', but side A closer, 'Slow Murder', will be the telling document of that dirty secret for the ages.

This is a great album for Material and Bill Laswell fans to use for tracing the roots of their hero. Here his beginnings as a NYC punk with jazz/funk/dub tastes and caviar schemes are all very clear and fun to listen to. But, if this is all new to you and you are seeking the best that Material has to offer, then check out 1993's 'Hallucination Engine'.

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