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Symphony No.1

3.4 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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For Fans Of: Sonic Youth, Swans, Helmet, Rhys Chatham, Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, LaMonte Young, Noise Bands, Guitar Driven Heavy Metal. Recorded July 18 & 19, 1981 at The Performing Garage, NYC. Produced by Lee Ranaldo.Digitally Remastered By Glenn Branca and Wharton Tiers June 1998!

Performers: Glenn Branca (Soprano and steel-wire guitars) with:
Craig Bromberg:

Tenor, soprano, bowed; Richard Edson :Trumpet and octave guitar; Dave Buk: Trumpet, baritone horn; Ned Sublette:Soprano, tenor and steel-wire guitars; Ann DeMarinis:

Keyboard, percussion: Barbara Ess: Baritone and bass guitars, percussion; Robert Harrison: Soprano, tenor and bowed guitars; Thurston Moore: Tenor, soprano and bowed guitars; Lee Ranaldo: Soprano and steel-wire guitars; Wharton Tiers:Keyboard, soprano and steel-wire guitars /percussion; Gail Varchon:

Keyboard; Fritz Van Orden: Tenor saxophone; Stephan Wischerth: Drums, percussion; Margot Zvaleko: French horn; David Rosenblum: Baritone and Steel-wire guitars


What the press had to say about Glenn Branca and "Symphony No. 1" released as a ROIR cassette in 1983:
"Symphony No. 1 is the acme of what recent New York art rockers have yet accomplished. This may be the loudest piece of music this writer has ever heard." John Rockwell, New York Times. July 19, 1981

"Imagine a lion roaring and put your head in its mouth. Then you might get close to the impact of Branca's music. All the flesh of pop music is hacked away, but the terrifying bones still remain." New Musical Express, UK, January 14, 1984

"He succeeds in turning over the so-called evil sexual powers of rock music in its primitive state into a form of resistance." Kim Gordon, Art Forum, January 1983

"Awesome orchestral impact of Branca's massed minimalist heavy metal mantra." Michael Shore, SoHo News, August 8, 1981

"Those who heard Symphony No. 1 in 1981 knew it left them all shook up. This recording shows there was method in the mayhem. Huge and brutal and utterly magnificent." Jon Pareles, New York Times, Liner Notes, 1983

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Symphony No. 1 is the acme of what recent New York art rockers have yet accomplished. This may be the loudest piece of music this writer has ever heard. --John Rockwell, New York Times

Imagine a lion roaring and put your head in its mouth. Then you might get close to the impact of Branca's music. All the flesh of pop music is hacked away, but the terrifying bones still remain. --New Musical Express, UK

He makes explosive challenging music, strong stuff. He's playing with fire and he knows it. --Steve Albini, Matter
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2016)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ROIR
  • ASIN: B000009PWY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Remastered from the orignial ROIR casette of a live performance. Thundering, thudding, clanging, exhuberant. Play it load with the windows down and drown and those stupid pop beats. Wagner would be proud of this sturm and drang
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I have no idea where some of the other people reviewing this album are on, especially the one that likes to go around giving instrumental bands 1-star reviews and praising Nickelback and Creed. With that being said, this CD is awesome! This is definetly at the top of Branca's list along with The Ascension and Lesson No.1. The sound on this CD is massive, I believe he had 16 musicians on this symphony. This is music for people with open-minds. Excellent.
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By Tim Tape on February 12, 2005
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the comments of the people before have been very disapointing and very ignorant. This peice is a masterwork of giagantic porportions very itricitly composed. The ignorant narrow-minded naysayers below me just dont understand anything that pushes the limits

This is a must have for anyone that isnt an ignorant narrow minded naysayer but even for them it is truely a must have
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This symphony by Glenn Branca is great! Each movement is as powerful and rockish as the last while managing to be quite different from the one that proceeds it. The first movement is a rocking tour de force based around a simple E chord and its harmonies, dissonances, etc. The drums are pounding and primal on this one. The second movement is like psuedo-gamelan music, with lots of choked cymbals, chimes, horn blats, and things of that sort. The third movement builds around a throbbing guitar-and-horn, um, (I'm at a loss for words) which is eventually accompanied by rolling, thudding drums, crescendoing and becoming more and more startling in its power until it ends abruptly at about 17 minutes and 30 seconds. The fourth and final movement starts with simple, thudding percussion (including metal barrels), accompanied by low-pitched guitars, and slowly, gradually begins to change, and is all in all, a great finish to the piece.

Branca has composed a near-masterwork with this symphony, and to the reviewer who claimed you could do this with your kid brother and his buddies in your basement, I'd like to see him try. I look forward to purchasing more of Branca's compositions in the future.
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I am sorry but it is just noise it is giving me a headache and I love distorted guitars man he has pulled the wool over your eyes or I'm just not getting it .Honestly it seems like the emperor has no clothes and the people who bought it well maybe you should turn it off and listen to some stones.
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