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Label & Cat.Number: Staalplaat / Muslimgauze Archive 21
Release Year: 2013
Note: re-issue of the epic title track (mCD on Staaplaat 1994) together with those additional tracks that were delivered with the DRUGSHERPA master originally (all unreleased so far); this shows the more silent, trance-inducing, ethno rhythmic MG, with some unusual sounds & arrangements (saxophone for example); lim. 500
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €14.00
More Info"Oftentimes when a reissue has bonus tracks their provenance can be tangential or suspicious; in this case, they're more like a homecoming. When Bryn Jones turned into the master for what would become 1994's 'Drugsherpa' mini CD to once and future label Staalplaat, the label selected the twenty-minute title track, truly one of Muslimgauze's most distinct and awe-inspiring tracks, to fill the release. The sinuous, doom-haunted 'Drugsherpa' still sounds fresh today but in 1994 it was so far ahead of its time that the rest of us didn't catch up until a decade or more later; only now does it really sound like it has contemporaries. It deserved its own space.
But it wasn't alone on that tape; and with the mini CD long since sold out, this reissue releases its siblings into the world for the first time. Unlike 'Drugsherpa' itself, now restored to its original place as track three of the reissued 'Drugsherpa', the other six tracks on this now 56-minute album are all remixes of other Muslimgauze material. As usual for Jones those remixes take the songs in all sorts of directions, subtly or not; shorter, longer, backwards, dubbed out, less dubbed out, and so on. The result, as well as functioning as a kind of ad hoc compilation of material from several recent-at-the-time Muslimgauze releases (plus a remounting of 'Gulfwar' from 1987's 'Abu Nidal'), shows anew the infinite variety, multiplicity, and complexity of Jones' work. 500 copies." [label info]
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