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Fourth World Vol 1: Possible Musics - Jon Hassell

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    This long out-of-print, seminal album from 1980, profoundly influenced futurist ambient sounds and global-minded musical explorers. The gatefold features an essay by Brian Eno and an exclusive interview with Jon Hassell. Remastered on 180gm vinyl with a CD included.

    Originally released in 1980, Jon Hassell and Brian Eno’s collaborative album “Fourth World Music Vol.I: Possible Musics” is a sound document whose ongoing influence seems beyond dispute. Not only is the album a defining moment in the development of what Eno coined as “Ambient Music” but it also facilitated the introduction of Hassell’s “Future Primitive” trumpet stylings and visionary “Fourth World” musical theories to the broader public. These vectors continue to enrich contemporary audio culture. Eno’s Ambient strategies are now fixed in the DNA of electronic music and the cross-cultural legacy of Hassell’s “Fourth World” concept is apparent not only in the marketplace genre “World Music” but also more persuasively in the accelerating number of digitally driven, borderless musical fusions we now experience.

    Brian Eno has been an essential fixture of both experimental and popular music since the 1970’s: An art school education; early success as an androgynous synthesizer interventionist with Roxy Music; a run of influential vocal-oriented solo records; the embrace of the term “ambient music” and the application of it to increasingly discreet and oblique electronic instrumental albums; seminal collaborations with David Bowie, The Talking Heads, Robert Fripp and Krautrock pioneers Cluster; and by the mid-80’s chart-topping marquee productions for the Irish rock band U2.

    Jon Hassell’s musical journey, while more obscured from the cultural mainstream, is every bit as storied and individual as Eno’s. A childhood in Memphis; a classical conservatory education studying the trumpet; composition and electronic music study with Stockhausen in Cologne; a passage through the New York minimalist sphere with Terry Riley, Lamonte Young and Phillip Glass; a singular and radicalized approach to the trumpet developed after a mentorship with the Indian vocal master Pandit Pran Nath; collaborative excursions with The Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, David Sylvian, Bjork and Ry Cooder; an ongoing questioning of the dichotomies between North and South, sacred and sensual, primitive and futurist.

    Glitterbeat is proud and honored to re-release and re-introduce this compelling, groundbreaking album.
    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

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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

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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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