Monday, February 1, 2010

V/A-16 DANCE PARTY SMASH HITS!, 16x7" BOXSET, 1985, VARIOUS







































Discs 1 & 2: Faust-Extracts





Disc 3: Peter Blegvad-Alcohol




Disc 4: Univers Zero-Triomphe Des Mouches




Disc 5: Art Zoyd-Manege






Disc 6: Joseph Racaille-Six Petites Chansons




Disc 7: Art Bears-Coda To Man And Boy





Disc 8: V/A-The Recommended Sampler EP



Disc 9: Art Bears-Rats & Monkeys/Collapse






Disc 10: Lindsay Cooper-Pictures From The Great Exhibition




Disc 11: News From Babel-Contraries





Disc 12: Chris Cutler & Fred Frith-Limoges



Disc 13: David Thomas, Chris Cutler & Alan Ravenstine-Didn't Have A Very Good Time




Disc 14: Cassiber-Time Running Out






Disc 15: Mnemonists-Nailed/Tic



Disc 16: Vogel featuring Ivor Cutler-Guten Morgen Arschloch


Well, this sprawling beast (clocking in at around 2 1/2 hours of music) took two full days to pull together, so it's gonna be my sole post for this round, but hopefully it's one that'll fill in a lot of desired blanks for those that recognize the centrality of R.I.O. in general and Recommended Records in particular to any discussion of adventurous music, as the contents herein offers both a spot on crash course in the idiom for the uninitiated and, for those already keyed into this vibe, a trawl through the obscure odds 'n' ends bin of some of the most radical bands of the last 30+ years; this jaw-dropping doorstop of a boxset serving as the repository for all of the accumulated bonus singles that had come with subscriber's editions of albums issued by this nonpareil Rock In Opposition imprint over the years (barring the Art Bears' Rats & Monkeys single, which was issued by Ralph). Sure, some of of this stuff has appeared elsewhere in the intervening years (most notably the four Faust sides, which were later repurposed for their Last LP and the subsequent 71 Minutes Of Faust CD), but it felt essential to make this set available in it's complete form, as the cumulative impact of experiencing all this back to back makes this one of the most impressive artifacts of the scene in existance, not least for the inclusion of the Art Bears' quietly harrowing Coda To Man And Boy, which gets my vote for the most sublime guitar work that Fred Frith has ever laid to tape. All the aforesaid does however come with the proviso that the 11-13 minute per side duration of the Art Zoyd single and The Recommended Sampler EP make both sound like they were pressed on recycled truck tires.

Contents:

Discs 1 & 2: Faust-Extracts
Disc 3: Peter Blegvad-Alcohol
Disc 4: Univers Zero-Triomphe Des Mouches
Disc 5: Art Zoyd-Manege
Disc 6: Joseph Racaille-Six Petites Chansons
Disc 7: Art Bears-Coda To Man And Boy
Disc 8: V/A-The Recommended Sampler EP
(Peter Blegvad, Ici La Bas, Faust, R. Stevie Moore)
Disc 9: Art Bears-Rats & Monkeys/Collapse
Disc 10: Lindsay Cooper-Pictures From The Great Exhibition
Disc 11: News From Babel-Contraries
Disc 12: Chris Cutler & Fred Frith-Limoges
Disc 13: David Thomas Chris Cutler & Alan Ravenstine-Didn't Have A Very Good Time
Disc 14: Cassiber-Time Running Out
Disc 15: Mnemonists-Nailed/Tic
Disc 16: Vogel featuring Ivor Cutler-Guten Morgen Arschloch

Get pt. 1 (music) via Megaupload Here

Get pt. 2 (music) via Megaupload Here

Get pt. 3 (artwork) via Megaupload Here

Get pt. 4 (artwork) via Megaupload Here


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Get pt. 2 (music) via Rapidshare Here

Get pt. 3 (artwork) via Rapidshare Here

Get pt. 4 (artwork) via Rapidshare Here

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

totally amazing! thank you so much!

mujura said...

i am in a daze here....i am going to induldge now but i want to send out my greatful spinal orgasmic vibes beforehand. yes!

fuzztunnel said...

Wow. Too cool!

Anonymous said...

Astonishing. Thank You,for the nice work you put in to it. Lovely,those little shiny bastards 7 inches.
groet,
Stuiterbal

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's stunning. Thank you.

agggggnes said...

guau! total!
gracias, muchas

Klockwerk said...

I am in disbelief that 1/10 of the music I find here on this Blog, and this release in particular, exists (and got by me). Maybe we should recommend the owner of Mutant Sounds for Knighthood?

Norberto said...

Whooow, thanks, thanks and thanks!!

C said...

Holy shit. Your ability to procure objects of music that I have no knowledge of continues to amaze me. Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

This is INCREDIBLE ! How do you manage to put your hands on such rarities ? Thanks for sharing them.

I spent years searching for the Lindsay Cooper "pictures from the great exhibition" and suddenly I found 2 versions on different upload offers. The first I found was here (by the way, everyone interested in this post should seek the compilation below) :

PR Cyclone said...

Yowsa!!! Everything from UZ and AZ to Chris Cutler and Lindsay Cooper all in one tidy package!!

You ROCK (in opposition, of course)!!

Dave

dave said...

I visited the recommeded shop in 1986. the reason recommended put out the box set was they had all these singles that no one was buying. once the box set was put together, these singles became highly sought after and the boxes were flying off the shelves.

V ! said...

i was listening to Cassiber's 'man or monkey' & 'beauty and beast' just yesterday. What a coincidence! ^_^

danny said...

hot damn - never even seen this!

SenzuriChampion said...

goddamn, this is massive, and all the artwork too...

I'm pretty unfamiliar with these names, as I am with most of the things you post, so I'm really looking forward to finding out what all this is about... *_*

thank you!

Reynard said...

wowzerz

Anonymous said...

DAMN, this stuff gives me a BIG OL' BONER and then I use it to put out the fire at Billy Joel's house and then I save all the kittens!

Anonymous said...

could you provide a 'proper', readable scan of the accompanying booklet?
thanks!

Davis McArdle said...

Goodness me. What a post. I've got a copy of the David Thomas 45 somewhere over *there* (peers at box of little-heard items languishing sadly on a shelf out of the reach of little 'uns), but this is a feast indeed. Many, many thanks!

yrs
DMcA

The Bomber said...

Yeahhh!!
this its great!
I ll tell you later which one s my favourite!

Anonymous said...

Thang you very much. Great work; great music. Amazing blog

Lyria said...

WOOAAAAAAAHH

Zach said...

UH WOW I THINK YOU BLEW EVERYONE AWAY

icastico said...

Kudos...Lovely packaging.

Mucho Maas said...

to reiterate what everyone else said: THANK YOU.

what a marvelous set.

V ! said...

329 Mb of art work was a bit too much so i resized the set...sharing it for some of you (size is 48 Mb) here

(those are 25% of original size & 50 % or o.s. resizes that still do the work for me).if you are on mac you can zoom holding ctrl and two fingers move...

Anonymous said...

holy!!!!!!!

Kry-1 said...

Kickass Biyatch!!!
Thanks for everything.

erik ruin said...

thanks so much! this is great! anyone know anything more by/about the Vogel who play w/ Ivor here?

The Bomber said...

Really liked the ArtZoyd 13min suite!
& coda to mand and boy by art bears!

Great stuff...and amazing job with the artwork

Thanks x the BIG share man

5tars post

Anonymous said...

is it only me, or the first of the two folders here dedicated to artwork doesn't open/download properly (because of excessive length of titles, perhaps)... suggestions anyone?

Brennan Cavanaugh said...

Cheers! This is like the special olympics of uploading amazing material...wait a serious feat, slog, and, of course, benefit! Thank you...i hope you enjoyed as much as we did...

Anonymous said...

Wow¡¡¡¡¡¡

Thanks a lot...Muchas Gracias
R.I.O. forever!!!!

Anonymous said...

hi. just wanted to let you know that the part3-file is corrupt. i've downloaded it from both hosters to be sure, but i cannot extract the data from the zip file. i've also tried with different softwares. the file is definetly broken. the other parts worked fine.

kudos for all the efforts you put into this blog!

Tristan said...

I really can't believe it, like all the others, this is unbelievaby incredible, personally I'm amazed by the racaille EP, is it possible you might have the other album he did, called flots bleus? Not able to find it anywhere!

barger said...

fuck, that is totally epic shit

Graham said...

I stumbled on your Web site in my surfing, and I am amazed by all the obscure, cool recordings you have made available to curious music lovers like myself. The box set looks amazing, and I look forward to listening. Thanks for all your hard work!

a-g said...

Thanks a whole lot for this lot! I was one of the subscribers to this set as it came out. Sold it ALL to cheap in the early 90s. Have recovered most of the music through dl's, but not the full set as a whole - with complete artworks/inserts! Feels almost like having the hardcopy again.

RSTVMO said...

Bravo! Hail to the chief: Rock in Opposition was never more relevant than in Twentyten! / Happy trayles from Sir R. Stevie Moore in NJ.

Majus said...

I actually have one of these, ordered on subscription in 1985. It is still one of the most remarkable pieces of music/art I own. The breadth of creativity in the music is astonishing, and beautiful, unique packaging like this largely (and sadly) became a thing of the past with the shift to CD. I've been a huge fan of RIO/Recommended since the seminal '82 sampler, and have talked and interviewed many of the artists over the past 25 years. This reminds me of a time when I had to mail away and wait for months for such exotic, unusual fare--no blogs or torrents then! Thanks very much for this; saves me from digitizing it! Great blog BTW.

vdoandsound said...

R. Stevie Moore-Just totally tickled to see you commenting here. Your work is just unbelievably inspiring! Thanks for the nice words...

Eric

Anonymous said...

Absoutely great blog, but unfortunately pt. 3 of the zips doesn't work, even not in the compressed version v! posted. Maybe it's a mistake in file naming?
If you might find a moment ...
Thanks anyway for wonderful posts!
B.

gerireig said...

2nd request: what is password? Thanks.

vdoandsound said...

gerireig-there isn't one. Neither I not Jim have ever used passwords for a single post on MS. I totally hate the things. And I unfortunately have no answer as to why they'd be showing up for you. It seems that hundreds of others have opened and enjoyed these files with no issues. Wish I could help...

nehoccramcire said...

gulp! thank you for this! I already love half those artists, and can't wait to check the other half. great work, as usual!

nehoccramcire said...

wait, I gotta say one more thing: I've been grabbing things from your blog for a couple of years now, and I've got to compliment you on the archival quality of not only the audio, but especially the metadata that accompanies it; it's invaluable to have precise titles, artist credits, etc., especially on these rare vinyl finds, which are obviously a labor of love...good on ye...

Mueran Humanos said...

thank you very much, this is amazing

antignorant said...

Superb, a truly act of love, sharity and faith.... I wish I could do the same for you people somehow.
I was alive and kicking these days so is nice to recapture some aural memories from them days.
All the best, your humble
_@nti

Anonymous said...

thanx from urkenny

Anonymous said...

I knew it!! I am not alone to listen to/desperately looking for that music. All these comments prove we are at least dozens!! And that boxset...one word: wouaahhh. I discovered this site this morning, can't believe it yet!!
Braxtonniac

twyndyllyng said...

is anyone else having trouble unzipping track 22 from pt. 2 of the zipfile? it shows a really long title unlike all the others. not sure if that matters but it says "file not found" whenever i try to unzip it/drag it to the new folder.

goldenskull said...

i must wonder and ask where you found this set as i sold mine in a time of serious illness and poverty (recovered) 97/98 Melbourne "collectors corner". Anyway good to see out in the ether it truly is a journey of wonder. Mr Moss