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Fourth World Vol 1: Possible Musics - Jon Hassell

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Track Listings:
    01. Chemistry (6:50)
    02. Delta Rain Dream (3:26)
    03. Griot (Over 'Contagious Magic') (4:00)
    04. Ba-Benzélé (6:15)
    05. Rising Thermal 14° 16' N; 32° 28' E (3:05)
    06. Charm (Over 'Burundi Cloud') (21:29)
Total Time: 46:00
Artist Name(s):
Jon Hassell
Brian Eno
Brian Eno, Jon Hassell
Release Year: 1980
Ambient, Drone, Electroacoustic, Experimental, Progressive
Album Type:
Live, Studio
Cassette, Compact Disc, Digital / Download, LP 33 1/3
Cover & Packge Design:
Studio Name:
Celestial Sounds Except Track 3
Mastering: Greg Calbi Sterling Sound s New York
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Glitter Beat Records
Memphis, Tennessee
Editions / Reissues
  1. Editions EG ‎– EEGCD 7 - CD US release 1989
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Jack Hertz


Wonderful introduction to the "Fourth World" concepts.  I can hear ideas taking shape on this album. While the compositions and production techniques feel bit crude at times. This is  wonderful document of a forgotten, but very influential approach to contemporary music.

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Jon Johnson


My initial entry into the World's of Jon Hassell via Brian Eno. I consider this one and the second volume released a year after this to be companion pieces though they offer differing flavors in a World of "Possible Musics'. I was in my latter days of college studying music when i bought these two a week apart from each other or so. The first song Chemistry features a prominent bass part from none other than Percy Jones of Brand X fame. The first sparse opening then hands off into Delta Rain Dreams which pleases the ears to a literal rain forest. The third track GRIOT  (Over 'Contagious Magic') was recorded live at an art gallery in Canada which has very earthy electroacoustic feel to it. Maybe it was my state of mind at the time but I always imagined snakes being charmed by the music :D This is followed by Ba-Benzele which features a very prominent Prophet 5 pad/drone with Jon Hassell soloing over top. i can't help but wonder if it's a solo with a hint of longing or loss in it. Rising Thermal  Rising Thermal 14° 16' N; 32° 28' E which rounded out the first side of the vinyl edition has what I always thought a tape loop within loop similar to what Eno/Fripp used to do together. the longest track Charm(Over 'Burundi Cloud') features percussion with ethereal synth sounds tucked around with the familiar and present trademark Jon Hassell Trumpet.

This album is a great listen especially if you are a Jon Hassell fan, an Eno fan or both. Together like so many Eno collaborations make a great combination. if we only had more cooperation among artists these days.:emo:

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