Various ‎– Miracle Steps: Music From The Fourth World 1983-2017

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Optimo Music ‎– OM LP 09
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2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Misprint
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Comes in gatefold reverse board sleeve with liner notes.

Ironically, there is a typo on the rear sleeve: the Jon Hassell track ("Miracle Steps" from which the compilation gets its name) is missing. However, it does appear in the tracklist on the inside of the gatefold sleeve

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  • Barcode: 880319847530

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revival.records

revival.records

November 16, 2017
My copy has the phrase Hell Yeah Timbo scratched into the matrix - does anybody else have this
isma.

isma.

November 8, 2017
edited 8 months ago

Jon Hassell's debate put aside, this is a great 2xLP compilation, there's actually a lot of music here and absolutely nothing to throw away. I can imagine if your are a fan of minimal ambiant drone whatever bullshit you will be disappointed, this can be too organic and rich for your cold soul.
magiceye

magiceye

August 25, 2017

I'm with Origamihirn, a lot of the stuff on this left me cold (horses for courses, natch), and didn't particularly strike me as being in the spirit of John Hassell's Fourth World aesthetic. For me a lot of this stuff crosses the line into naffer New Age tropes and synth-flute-isms, and if there's something that the last few years have taught us, it's that there's plenty of great New Age stuff that manages to transcend the stigma around the tag. There are a handful of really great tunes, but too much skippable stuff (particularly the more overtly tabla/conga led stuff, ugh) for me to want to hang onto it on vinyl. I'll stick with playlisting the best bits on Spotify for this one personally.
Morbidfuneral

Morbidfuneral

August 12, 2017

Wicked comp ten out of fucking ten ten ten ten
frnk_d

frnk_d

June 29, 2017
Great Great Release! I love every single track! Great work!

But has anyone else a lot of crackling and background noise on c/d especially side d??
Origamihirn

Origamihirn

June 23, 2017
Honestly, i don't think this got the feel of fourth world. Europeans tend to see it a bit flat in that sense - anything with a little marimba and tribal repetetive is fourth world... Sadly not.. it's about the magic realism and post-erotic moods, more than anything, and if you listen to Jon Hassell speak about it it's pretty evident. Great ethnic ambient release, but far from fourth world. Excuse the purism, but if there's one thing in the world that still challenges me with its abstract yet material is this, and it's a pity people are so quick to put labels on something that doesn't even fit the label.
Guy_Maintenance

Guy_Maintenance

May 30, 2017
Once again, this was available for pre-order at my fav record store. Once again, they have failed to deliver. Perhaps it's time for a change.
langzaam

langzaam

April 26, 2017

Sold out at distro, but still available at retail price from select shops. Repress coming soon, so don't pay over the odds!