TERJE RYPDAL — The Singles Collection

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Album · 1989

Filed under Fusion
By TERJE RYPDAL

Tracklist

1. There Is A Hot Lady In My Bedroom And I Need A Drink (4:27)
2. Sprott (4:37)
3. Mystery Man (4:42)
4. The Last Hero (2:37)
5. Strange Behaviour (3:01)
6. U.N.I. (5:36)
7. Coyote (2:53)
8. Somehow, Somewhere (3:02)
9. Steady (4:09)
10. Crooner Song (2:51)

Total Time: 38:00

Line-up/Musicians

Terje Rypdal - Guitar, Main Performer
Allan Dangerfield - Keyboards, Synclavier
Bjorn Kjellemyr - Bass
Audun Kleive - Drums

About this release

ECM 1383 (Germany)

Digital recording, August 1988 Rainbow Studio, Oslo

Not a compilation, though title seems to imply that

Thanks to snobb for the updates

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The Singles Collection title is a bit of a joke. Unless, I'm very much mistaken, Terje Rypdal has never had any singles. True the tracks are shorter in length than the typical TR track. I do think the material offered here is his most "accessible" material, both in terms of a typical progressive fan and even a wider audience in general. It may have a bit too much of that '80's sound, which will probably put off fans of his earlier stuff. Not me, I picked it up around the time of it's release in 1988, having already been a fan of TR and really liked it. It's really nice blend of many of his influences, a bit of a departure from his previous material, but still distinctively Terje Rypdal.

Even though this is listed as a Terje Rypdal release, he actually had formed a guitar, bass, and drum trio in 1984 called The Chasers which had toured some before the keyboardist was added in 1987.

A quote from the liner notes (a very long essay) by Steve Lake: "The band premiered some of the material that would make up The Singles Collection at the Molde Jazz Festival, Terje's dissatisfaction with the state of contemporary jazz . giving the performance a confrontation air. By now the rock reference was unequivocal. Jazz people could take it or leave it. The Chasers were burning it up, having a ball, trying to cram Rypdal's bizarre chain of influence into vigorous little tunes alternately streamlined and swollen with ideas."

Unfortunately as I write this, the CD is out of print. There is an LP version apparently released just this year, so I'm hoping there will be a CD re-release in the near future and maybe those of you interested in this one will get lucky.

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