Obscure No. 5: Voices and Instruments – Jan Steele, John Cage (1976)
LP released on Island Records, Obscure No. 5, 1976
Recorded At – Basing Street Studios
Producer – Brian Eno
Words By – E. E. Cummings (tracks: B2, B4), James Joyce (tracks: A1, B3) The compositional style of Side A is the result of work with the improvisation group F & W Hat, formed in 1972.
Brian Eno's Obscure Records label released only 10 albums during its existence from 1975 through 1978. Some of these have been reissued on CD (among them Eno's own 1975 masterpiece Discreet Music), but for some reason the album Voices and Instruments (Obscure No. 5, 1976) only exists on out-of-print vinyl. It is a very quiet and beautiful record, featuring three compositions by Jan Steele on one side, and five compositions by John Cage on the other side. Lyrics are by James Joyce and E. E. Cummings, performers include Jan Steele, Richard Bernas, Steve Beresford, Fred Frith, Robert Wyatt, and Carla Bley. It is not just mellow, it is avant-mellow...
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