Ground-Zero* ‎– Revolutionary Pekinese Opera Ver.1.28

ReR Megacorp ‎– ReR GZ1
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1 Opening ~ Flying Across The J.P.Yen
Bass Clarinet – Nomoto Kazuhiro*Featuring [Telephone Samples] – Amaya Norimizu*Voice, Shamisen – Tanaka Yumiko*
2 Consume Mao
Violin [Sampled Guest] – Jon RoseVoice [Sampled Guest] – Hashimoto Osamu, Steve Beresford
3 Rush Capture Of The Revolutionary Opera - 1
Featuring [Sampled Guest] – Compostela
4 Red Mao Book By Sony
Voice – Aya (4)
5 Crossing Frankfurt Four Times 2:01
6 The Glory Of Hong Kong - Kabukicho Conference 4:52
7 Paraiso - 1 7:03
8 Announcing Good News From The West 0:39
9 Revolutionary Enka 2001
Keyboards [Enka] – Uemura Masahiro*
10 Grand Pink Junction Ballad
Violin [Sampled Guest] – Jon RoseVoice – Matsubara Sachiko*, Yoshigaki Yasuhiro*Voice [Sampled Guest] – Rudolf Ebner*
11 Crossing Snow Mountains With Yamaha Bike
Voice – Yoshigaki Yasuhiro*Voice [Sampled Guest] – Rudolf Ebner*
12 Rush Capture Of The Revolutionary Opera - 2 0:51
13 Yellow Army, Beloved Of The Various Nationalities
Voice [Mao Singers] – Haruna*, Uemura*, Nasuno*, Otomo*, Satchan, Tsunoda*, Uchihashi*, Yoshigaki*Voice, Shamisen – Tanaka Yumiko*
14 Triumphant Junction (Grand Finale)
Voice [Mao Singers] – Haruna*, Uemura*, Nasuno*, Otomo*, Satchan, Tsunoda*, Uchihashi*, Yoshigaki*Voice, Shamisen – Tanaka Yumiko*
15 International - Epilogue
Turntables [Record Without A Cover] – Christian Marclay
16 Paraiso - 2
Turntables [Record Without A Cover] – Christian Marclay

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Based on a re-sampling of Heiner Goebbels and Alfred Harth's sampled rendition of 1960's Revolutionary Pekinese Opera from China the Peking Oper (from the LP Frankfurt/Peking, CD Goebbels Heart) from 1984.
Ver. 1.28 is a updated edition of the original version released from Trigram in 1995.

Re-mix and re-mastered at Sank-oh-so Studio and Kojima Recordings, Tokyo Jan. 1996.
Recorded and mixed at GOK Sound, Tokyo, March 1995.
Mastered at Foothill Digital, NYC, 4th April 1995.

Special thanks to: the original Pekinese Opera group, Heiner Goebbels, Alfred 23 Harth, Jon Rose, Amaya Norimizu, Hashimoto Osamu, Steve Beresford, Rudolf Ebner, Compostela, Peter Kraut (Impro Bern/TAKTLOS), John Zorn, David Newgarden, Mark Fischer and Skin Graft Records, Jim O'Rourke, Chris Cutler, Tanaka Yumiko, Christian Marclay, Watanabe Hirotsugu (Locus Solus), Sat-co, Tsunoda Tsuguto and his father.

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  • Barcode: 7 52725 00632 3
  • Label Code: LC 02677

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November 5, 2017

The membership of Otomo Yoshihide's Ground Zero increased with each new project, and for the their third album, Revolutionary Pekinese Opera, the core of the band is still only comprised of six members (although there are several guests on various tracks). The bulk of the noise comes from Yoshihide's turntables, which play a greater role here than on the later GZ projects. Revolutionary Pekinese Opera was a reinterpretation of a work by Heiner Goebbels and Alfred 23 Harth, two German musicians who were involved in the early progressive rock movement, and who created a work sampling a revolutionary Chinese opera in 1984. Yoshihide uses this work as a source and as an inspiration, but the samples used here cover not only Goebbels and Harth's original work, but also martial arts movies, commercials, political speeches (including Ronald Reagan's quarter-dime-penny speech), telephones, and telephone conversations, and Western classical music. The various members of Ground Zero also get some solo spots on this album. One of Yoshihide's best guitar solos is featured in "Paraiso 1," and the percussionists (including the shamisen, which will become a full-time instrument in Consume Red) get a workout in "Opening" and "Crossing Snow Mountains." But the highlights of this album are Yoshihide's virtuosic turntables and the beginnings of a concerted assault on copyright and sampling, which would be taken to an extreme in the Consume Red project a year later. This is also the first album with sampler artist Sachiko M, who has become Yoshihide's primary partner in many of his post-Ground Zero projects.