on October 12, 2011
This is a 4 track disc clocking in at 29:14. The first three tracks represent a reissue of the "Let's Go Swimming" twelve-inch single released on Logarhythm in 1986 [LR-1002-1]. "Let's Go Swimming (Gulf Stream Dub)" & "Let's Go Swimming (Puppy Surf Dub)" were on Side A. "Let's Go Swimming (Coastal Dub)" was on Side B.
The final track, "Make 1,2 (Gem Spa Dub)" is a previously unreleased 11:09 version of a song which appeared a few years ago on Calling Out Of Context. On that album, it was a 2:50 window into Arthur's world. This echoey, throbbing behemoth was recorded sometime between 1986-1990 and it is a gem.
This release comes with an insert. It's a six panel fold-out b/w poster of Arthur lying in the sand on a beach, bundled up against the cold, and completely absorbed in the act of singing into a microphone.
There are no liner notes. Inside the gatefold, there are some limited production and session details.
In his book "Hold On To Your Dreams," Tim Lawrence quotes Simon Reynold's Melody Maker review of LR-1002-1: "This is impossible dance music, jumbling your urges, making you want to move in ways not yet invented, confounding your body as it provokes it. In its tipsy mix, I seem to hear Can, Peech Boys, Thomas Leer, Weather Report, hip hop, but really this is unique, original, a work of genius."
As Audika Records moves forward by looking back into the Arthur Russell archives, I hope they'll release a similar package focusing on the various mixes and versions of Dinosaur's "Kiss Me Again" from 1978. If they have control of that song, that is. If not, then I'll settle for a massive box set compiling all 40 "Let's Go Swimming" tapes! There must be a killer country version lurking lurking in a drawer somewhere...
on September 6, 2012
This record is a very powerful insight into AR's musical, spiritual world, and consists of strong edits/mixes of "let's go swimming" and a track entitled "Make 1,2". I thought it would be leftovers from the vast amount of tapes Arthur stocked, not much more than more or less already-heard stuff; but no, it wasn't, it's not actually : it's very potent and dynamic soundwise, very effective lyricwise, a highly refined recording of variations on one tune (and since that tune is LGS, it's endless pleasure). Very good move, that release.