Arthur Russell

World Of Echo

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Arthur Russell was an American cellist, composer, producer, singer, and musician from Iowa, whose work spanned a disparate range of styles. Trained in contemporary experimental composition and Indian classical music, in the mid-1970s he relocated to New York, where he became associated with Lower Manhattan's avant-garde community as well as the city's disco scene. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Russell produced a considerable collection of material, including several underground dance hits under aliases such as Dinosaur L and Indian Ocean, but his near-inability to complete projects resulted in a limited amount of released output; World of Echo (1986) was his only solo pop album to be released during his life. September 1986 saw the release of World of Echo (Upside/Rough Trade, 1986). Heralded as "a magnum opus of sorts" by contemporary critics, it incorporated many of his ideas for pop, dance and classical music for both solo and cello format. The album was well-reviewed in Britain and included in Melody Maker's "Top Thirty Releases of 1986", but a complete failure commercially. In 2013, Fact magazine ranked World of Echo the number one album of the 1980s.
A1 Tone Bone Kone
A2 Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun / Let's See
A3 Answers Me
A4 Being It
B1 Place I Know / Kid Like You
B2 She's The Star / I Take This Time
B3 Tree House
B4 See-Through
B5 Hiding Your Present From You
C1 Wax The Van
C2 All-Boy All-Girl
C3 Lucky Cloud
C4 Tower Of Meaning / Rabbit's Ear / Home Away From Home
C5 Let's Go Swimming
D1 The Name Of The Next Song
D2 Happy Ending
D3 Canvas Home
D4 Our Last Night Together