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VariousMiracle Steps: Music From The Fourth World 1983-2017

Label:Optimo Music – OM LP 09
2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Misprint
Genre:Electronic, Folk, World, & Country
Style:Abstract, Experimental, Ambient


A1Jorge ReyesPlight9:26
A2Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe*, Ariel KalmaMille Voix4:22
A3Iona FortuneWhite Tigress3:49
B1O Yuki ConjugateCloud Cover6:00
B2X.Y.R.Middle Of Nowhere6:08
B3Jon KeliehorSubcontinent6:40
B4David CunninghamBlue River4:04
C1Larry ChernicoffWoodstock, New York6:04
C2Sussan Deyhim & Richard HorowitzDesert Equations (For Brion Gysin)6:54
C3Jon HassellMiracle Steps4:31
C4Juan José Espinosa GuerraEthel I2:25
D1Afro-DisiakTambours D'Eau6:24
D2RapoonThe Same River Once10:37
D3Javier SeguraEl Sueno Perdido4:07



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

Other Versions (4)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Miracle Steps - Music From The Fourth World (1983-2017) (2×LP, Compilation, Test Pressing)Optimo MusicOM LP 09UK2017
New Submission
Miracle Steps: Music From The Fourth World 1983-2017 (2×LP, Compilation, CD, Limited Edition, Partially Mixed)Optimo MusicOM LP 09UK2017
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Miracle Steps: Music From The Fourth World 1983-2017 (14×File, MP3, Compilation, 320 kbps)Optimo MusicOM LP 09UK2017
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Miracle Steps: Music From The Fourth World 1983-2017 (2×LP, Compilation, Repress)Optimo MusicOM LP 09UK2017


recklessrecordsuk's profile picture
My copy has the phrase Hell Yeah Timbo scratched into the matrix - does anybody else have this
isma.'s profile picture
Edited 4 years 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's profile picture
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's profile picture
Wicked comp ten out of fucking ten ten ten ten
_gruetzi's profile picture
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's profile picture
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.
V_Mercader's profile picture
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's profile picture
Sold out at distro, but still available at retail price from select shops. Repress coming soon, so don't pay over the odds!