Jim O'Rourke ‎– Happy Days

Revenant ‎– Revenant 101
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Happy Days
September - December 1996
Recorded @ Steam Room, Chicago

Happy Days © ℗ 1996 Jim O'Rourke
This release © 1997 John Fahey's Revenant

As a direct result of: Dean Blackwood, Kevin Drumm, David Grubbs, Andy Guhl, Jeff Hunt, Kris Johnson, Henry Kaiser, Maureen Loughnane, John McEntire, Rose Myers, Norbert Moslang, Phil Niblock, Soren Wittrup, Azita Yousefi
Without whom: Tony Conrad and John Fahey

Released in a six-panel digipak with obi.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 630814010126
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): W.O. 111796-5 S.O. REVENANT 101 DISC MFG., INC.
  • Mastering SID Code (Mirrored): IFPI L802
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 2F50

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title  (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PCD-23005 Jim O'Rourke Happy Days(CD, Album) P-Vine Records PCD-23005 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
Revenant 101 Jim O'Rourke Happy Days(CD, Album, RP) Revenant Revenant 101 US Unknown Sell This Version
PCD-15020 Jim O'Rourke Happy Days(CD, Album, RE) P-Vine Records PCD-15020 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
none Jim O'Rourke Steamroom 23(File, FLAC, RE, RM) Steamroom none Japan 2016
none Jim O'Rourke Steamroom 23(File, MP3, RE, RM, 320) Steamroom none Japan 2016


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February 6, 2017

Nothing less than the ideal algebraic collision of Fahey and Conrad.


June 20, 2016
HERO'S NEVER DIE. The first 10 minutes Jim plays Fahey inspired acoustic guitar at a very minimal rate (he's been collaborating with Tony Conrad and "the man" himself recently). The next 37+ minutes are an avant-garde shard-dinning scree that buries deep a vortextual sound underlying an orchestral dissonance you must "involve" yourself - submerge - to hear it pulse, build and rise. I don't know if these sounds are acoustic (bows dragged on a string looped infinite reproducing one long note) or synthesized (the liner notes describes "a lone acoustic guitar against a phalanx of hurdy-gurdies"). The outcome is both delirious and invigorating. A cacophony of brainwaves transformed into a symphony of colors and imagery. A music of the spheres.

Jim's solo recordings are always a treat. Less of an orchestration than "Terminal Pharmacy," this is low level stuff. There is transitory mood in everything - if you know what to look for - if you know how to find it - but most importantly - if you know how to represent it. O'Rourke can do all this and more. Charting the uncharted and mapping the way for others like others before him.