Craig Leon ‎– Nommos

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Ring With Three Concentric Discs 4:57
Donkeys Bearing Cups 6:02
Nommo 7:02
Four Eyes To See The Afterlife 13:30
She Wears A Hemispherical Skull Cap 4:53

Versions (5)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TAK 7096 Craig Leon Nommos(LP) Takoma TAK 7096 US 1981 Sell This Version
4XT 72796 Craig Leon Nommos(Cass, Album) Takoma 4XT 72796 US 1981 Sell This Version
none Craig Leon Nommos(LP, Unofficial) Not On Label none US 2011 Sell This Version
SV017 Craig Leon Nommos(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Superior Viaduct SV017 US 2013 Sell This Version
SV017 Craig Leon Nommos(CD, Album, RE) Superior Viaduct SV017 US 2014 Sell This Version

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music_emporium

music_emporium

December 15, 2016
referencing Nommos, LP, TAK 7096
First appearing incongruously on John Fahey's Takoma label in 1981, Nommos remains enshrouded in impenetrable mystery – from its understated artwork to the rich assemblage of analog synths contained inside. According to Head Heritage, Nommos is the "missing link between the proto-industrial rhythm and drone of Suicide and the whole minimalist drone / static / repetition method of Terry Riley and La Monte Young."
Best known as a producer, Craig Leon worked on landmark debuts from Suicide, Richard Hell, The Ramones and Blondie. Rather than ape the early NYC punk that he helped foster, Leon's own music is filled with lush textures and pulsating rhythm boxes. Comparisons can be made to German innovators such as Cluster and La Dusseldorf, yet Nommos is an unbalanced cosmos marked by anxious melodies, aggressive shifts and spiritual overtones.
The name "Nommos" itself refers to mythical deities worshipped by tribes in West Africa. Some scholars have argued that the myth has extraterrestrial roots. While these are significant details for understanding the album's peculiar meditative qualities, there was little context for these sounds upon their initial release. Even today, in the cold light of the early 21st century, Leon sounds fiercely contemporary.
Absurdino

Absurdino

April 8, 2015
referencing Nommos, LP, Unofficial, none
is this version a bootleg?
SergioCocco

SergioCocco

January 26, 2015
referencing Nommos, LP, TAK 7096
There's a new Craig Leon-sanctiioned re-issue with Visiting LP added as bonus (+ download code,of course) !!
B3N

B3N

December 21, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Nommos, LP, TAK 7096

Excellent. Recommended.
B3N

B3N

December 21, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Nommos, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, SV017
Just recently I found a copy of the original Takoma pressing and was quite surprised at the differences. It seems that most of the subtle, dynamic upper-harmonics were lost in the mastering of this reissue. If you want to hear a true marvel of minimal electronics, listen to the original. If not...
esotericexcuse

esotericexcuse

March 7, 2014
referencing Nommos, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, SV017
If the artist isn't happy about it, I think it's not too far of a stretch to consider it a bootleg.
pauleile

pauleile

October 26, 2013
referencing Nommos, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, SV017
This is not a bootleg, though the artist is not happy about it, please see:
http://thewire.co.uk/in-writing/interviews/craig-leon_
fergus222

fergus222

July 17, 2013
referencing Nommos, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, SV017
This relase is still an unofficial bootleg, official reissues out later this year!
Tim_Hayter

Tim_Hayter

July 16, 2013
referencing Nommos, LP, TAK 7096

According to the sleeve, the first track is 'Ring With Three Concentric Circles', while the label has it as 'Ring With Three Concentric Discs'