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Outside the Dream Syndicate: 30th Anniversary Edition

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. From The Side Of Man And Womankind
  2. From The Side Of The Machine

Disc: 2

  1. The Pyre Of Angus Was In Kathmandu
  2. The Death Of The Composer Was In 1962
  3. From The Side Of Woman And Mankind (Complete Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 2004)
  • 30th Anniversary Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Table of Elements
  • ASIN: B0001L1XEU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By andres park on April 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
this record was recorded in 1972 in a major label. nobody listened to it then. now the avant-garde label table of the elements reissues it in a de luxe edition with an extra cd with alternate takes, impossible-to-find tracks, larger liner notes and even the label's back catalogue.
how does this record sound? why should i listen to this? first of all, if you like drone music like faust, minimalist music like brian eno or steve reich, and keep the track of north american avant-garde bands like gastr del sol and u.s. maple, this is a record you'll enjoy.
it sounds like a rhythmic section playing the same for about nearly half an hour (most of the tracks long that much) and a violin squeeking the same thing, too. at first it sounds just noisy, but afterwards it gets you and you get mesmerized. besides, it sounds very very modern for its time.
if i've been clear, just listen to it. but if you don't like avant-garde music, just leave it.
and if you want to begin to listen to tony conrad, this is your record (better than slapping pythagoras, for instance).
nobody listened to it in 1972, now you can in the year 2003!
could you listen to it now and say it was recorded long time ago?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Dembinski on September 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's funny how albums like this (well, this is a bit unique) come around so many years later and are fawned over by the press and hipsters. What do we have here? Early minimalism/drone violinist Tony Conrad for some blessed reason hooking up with Faust at their compound back in 1972. TC already an idea, he just needed the open minded musicians of Faust to make it happen. Standard Rock ensemble with violin using a very basic beat and bass line (like how about 2 notes-wow!) to be the rhythm section while TC plays trance music. Here in 2007 this may be thought of as "so what"? Back in 1972 trance/drone music was not part of the Western music vocabulary. Now do you see? Groundbreaking, folks. And actually most listenable. Get this release before Table of the Elements runs out and they start going for big bucks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brotagonist on May 27, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Faust's legendary collaboration with minimalist artist Tony Conrad is one of those 'must have' albums that you have likely skipped over in delete bins since its release in 1972. I certainly did. To rectify the error of your ways will cost you a pretty penny, but you will be rewarded in listening pleasure many times over. Tony Conrad plays a droning violin to Faust's metronomic beat. The result is a musical document as tireless as it is timeless.

This 30th Anniversary Edition includes the entire original album, plus a single and an alternate version of one of the tracks on 2 CDs. The 32-page album booklet is filled with interesting information and includes a poster. The box, however, leaves a bit to be desired: it is clumsy, some millimetres larger than a standard CD box, and unnecessarily includes a 100-page catalogue of other albums from the label that should have been shrink-wrapped outside a much slimmer CD sleeve.
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