Lights In A Fat City ‎– Sound Column

Extreme ‎– XCD 023
CD, Album


1 Taksu 13:48
2 Aluna 10:31
3 Surya 24:55
4 Memory Ground 13:40

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Digital recording live at The Sound Column, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., August 1991.
Made in U.S.A.
Printed in Canada.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 23248 60922
  • Barcode (Reader): 2324860922
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): MFG BY CINRAM USA XCD023 B#601-11
  • SPARS Code: DDD

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
XCD 023 Lights In A Fat City Sound Column(CD, Album, RE) Extreme XCD 023 USA & Canada 1997 Sell This Version
XCD 023 Lights In A Fat City Sound Column(CD, Album, RE) Extreme XCD 023 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
XCD 023 Lights In A Fat City Sound Column(CD, Album) Extreme XCD 023 Australia 1993 Sell This Version


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October 14, 2017
edited 11 months ago
As reviewed by me in May 1994:

Summary: Didgeridoo-dominated earthy ambient. No complaints. None of it really grabs me, either, but I think it is meant to be more hypnotic than digestible.

A droning didgeridoo gently carries this random-ambient live jam through 63 minutes of inoffensive territory. Not being familiar with much of this sort of thing outside of Steve Roach's Origins, I can't write a terribly descriptive review, but I'll try. With the exception of "Aluna", each track is dominated by the endless groan of a didgeridoo that stretches and swirls like the smoke from a stick of burning incense. Behind this in the background are occasional plunks and pangs of percussion, just enough to add some color. "Taksu"'s native flute and "Memory Ground"'s Japanese harp tug at my brain like dull fish hooks snapping against the resistance of a rushing river, and the rumbling, tinkling percussion is the sunlight flashing through the rustling surface. Hoo, someone just turned out the lights in my office as I was listening to it. Guess I'd better get going before they lock me in. Who should buy this? If you like "earthy" ambience, with didgeridoos, no drums, and lots of "Large Hall" reverb, go for it.


March 3, 2017
This is pretty good. It's a live recording performed in a 60-foot-tall echo chamber. I bought it on the strength of Surya, the third track, which is a brooding ambient piece that sounds a bit like early Tangerine Dream but with didgeridoos, although the typical digeridoo sound is only prominent on the first track. On Aluna for example they sound like flutes (hence the Tangerine Dream comparison). On the whole it's formless stuff and works really well as background music. I wish I'd heard it back in 1993!