| Architecture Of Language Pere Ubu 1979 - 1982
Released March 18 2016
FIRELP422, 4 lp (vinyl) box set
|A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed, 3/17/2016
Architecture Of Language spotlights -- over and over -- those moments that made Pere Ubu such pioneers of sound. Everywhere on the 4 discs of this set is the material that would set these cats apart from any peers in the era. The music here is difficult and challenging and, at times at least, terrifying. This is brave, bold stuff all around and one should approach this with both an open mind and a bit of excitement at challenging one's boundaries when considering what makes up so-called alternative music....The natural progression from the hard edges of the band's earlier stuff, these 3 releases and 1 compilation chart the growth of this band of musicians as Artists. Risky, annoying, inspiring, and corrosive, the cuts spread across the expanse of this set showcase one of the great American bands. Compared to Pere Ubu, The Velvet Underground nearly sound like The Monkees. Concerned not one little bit with making pop, David Thomas and Pere Ubu instead crossed every genre before them with a mixture of bravado and absurd risk-taking. And yet, they still kept things largely concise and that's remarkable when one considers where music like this could have gone instead... Discover the tunes of perhaps some of the last real pioneers in American song-craft.
||Pere Ubu explained If you really want to understand what Pere Ubu does, read this.
Bio • Photos • Lyrics to New Picnic Time • Lyrics to The Art Of Walking • Lyrics to Song Of The Bailing Man
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PERE UBU IN THE STUDIO
Studio time was expensive and the band would keep track of how much time was recorded. When the total reached thirty-six minutes they stopped. That was considered the optimal length of a vinyl LP. There were no alternate mixes until 'New Picnic Time' but 'The Art Of Walking' sessions were the first to yield a significant number. Under the guidance of engineer Ken Hamann the band would arrive at an agreed mix and move on to the next song. Nothing was worked on that one was not released.
Two versions of 'The Art Of Walking' came out in 1980. 'Arabia' was recorded as an instrumental. After complaints from the record company about too many such tracks, an irritated David Thomas quickly improvised vocals and the track was remixed. 'Tribute To Miles, aka 'Young Miles In The Basement,' was remixed and vocals added. A second master was cut but a mixup at the pressing plant meant that the original master was used, after all, for the first production run in June. The corrected pressing followed in August.