Fred Frith ‎– Gravity

East Side Digital ‎– ESD 80452
CD, Album, Reissue

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1 The Boy Beats The Rams (Kluk Tluče Berany) 4:53
2 Spring Any Day Now 3:05
3 Don't Cry For Me
Percussion [Snare Drum, Maraccas] – Chris Cutler
4 Hands Of The Juggler 5:31
5 Norrgarden Nyvla 2:54
6 Year Of The Monkey
Recorder – Frank Wuyts
7 What A Dilemma
Bass [Subliminal] – Tina Curran
8 Crack In The Concrete 1:24
9 Come Across
Drums – Frank Wuyts
10 Dancing In The Street / My Enemy Is A Bad Man
Composed By – Fred Frith, Gay*, Stevenson*Drums [Subliminal] – Hasse BruniussonOrgan – Dave Newhouse
11 Slap Dance
Soprano Saxophone – Tom Scott (2)
12 A Career In Real Estate 4:39
13 Dancing In Rockville, Maryland 2:46
14 Waking Against Sleep 2:02
15 Terrain 3:46
16 Moeris Dancing 4:58
17 Geistige Nacht 5:15
18 Life At The Top 1:40
19 Oh Wie Schön Ist Panama! 5:00

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Tracks 1 to 13 were initially released in 1980 as Ralph FF 8057 (LP, USA).
Track 14 previously unreleased.
Tracks 15, 16 were initially released on Art Bears' album "Hopes And Fears" (1978).
Track 17 was initially released on Aksak Maboul album "Un Pen De l'Ame Des Bandits" (1979).
Track 18 was initially released on Skeleton Crew LP "Learn To Talk" (1984).
Track 19 is "fairly recent guitar improvisation".

Recorded August 1979 at Norrgarden Nyvla, Uppsala, Sweden and Sunrise Studios, Switzerland. (1 to 6), November 1979 at Catch-a-Buzz Studio, Rockville, Maryland, USA and January 1980 at Sunrise Studios, Switzerland (7 to 13).
Also heard: Toads, Seals, The Renaissance etc. (1 to 6), Aqsak Maboul backwards, the Dogs of Rockville, Rain on the Roof (7 to 13).
Special services, clandestine operations: Chris Blake, D.J. Perry, David Vorhaus.
Many thanks to the Zamlas, Birgitta Hollmer, Eva John, Etienne, Marc, Veronique, Colleen and the Muffins without whose time and generosity this record would not exist; and to Tina who was an indispensable part of it from the start.
Produced with criticism from T. Curran, M. Hollander, V. Vincent and C. Cutler.

In 1937, Curt Sachs wrote of dance, that it represented "the victory over gravity, over all that weighs down and oppresses, the change of body into spirit, the elevation of creature into creator, the merging with the infinite, the divine" which may not have a whole lot to do with this record, but it seemed like a good place to start.
And in 1980, on moving to an apartment in Loisaida, New York, we found the following written indelibly on the kitchen wall: 'NO APAGUEN EL FUEGO DEL ESPIRITU".

Engelsk es die langage internazionale

© ℗ 1990 RecRec Genossenschaft, Zurich, Switzerland.
Licensed for North America by East Side Digital.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 21561-8045-2 4
  • Matrix / Runout: DADR 0JRM1<1012>ESD80452

Other Versions (5 of 8) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FF 8057-L Fred Frith Gravity(LP, Album) Ralph Records FF 8057-L US 1980 Sell This Version
RecRec 901 Fred Frith Gravity(Cass, RE) RecRec Music RecRec 901 Switzerland 1991 Sell This Version
ReR/FRO 01 Fred Frith Gravity(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) ReR Megacorp, Fred Records ReR/FRO 01 US 2001 Sell This Version
BELLE 152440 Fred Frith Gravity(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Belle Antique BELLE 152440 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
ReCDec 901 Fred Frith Gravity(CD, Album, RE) RecRec Music ReCDec 901 Switzerland 1991 Sell This Version