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Bill OrcuttA History Of Every One

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Editions Mego – EMEGO 173LP
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Tracklist

1Solidarity Forever
2When You Wish Upon A Star
3Black Betty
4Ten Thousand Men Of Harvard
5Spanish Is The Loving Tongue
6White Christmas
7Zip A Dee Doo Dah
8Black Snake Moan
9Ballad Of Davy Crockett
10Onward Christian Soldiers
11Bring Me My Shotgun
12Massa's In The Cold Cold Ground
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A History of Every One by Bill Orcutt is an album of songs: minstrel songs, holiday songs, hymns, marches, cowboy songs, Disney songs, work songs, Delta blues. The original tunes themselves are nothing special, well known, but not particularly well-regarded. Most would be filler on a mid-'60s Doris Day or Burl Ives LP. What Orcutt does with them however is remarkable: expanding upon techniques developed on 2011's How the Thing Sings (EMEGO 128CD/LP) and incorporating ideas forged since his recording of "The Star Spangled Banner" during his 2012 tour, Orcutt interrogates the apparent banality of his material, subjecting it to discontinuity, disjuncture and a fractured repetition that is disturbing and revelatory. Titled after a line from Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans and inspired by the scholarship of Elijah Wald and Eric Lott, A History of Every One is a bold re-writing of an important historical thread, an interpretation of a lost text and a bewildering extension upon Orcutt's already singular language.

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