Rhys Chatham ‎– An Angel Moves Too Fast To See (For 100 Electric Guitars, Electric Bass, And Drums)

Radium (3) ‎– TOE-CD-802
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1 Prelude 7:36
2 Intro 5:06
3 Allegro 8:39
4 No Trees Left: Every Blade Of Grass Is Screaming 6:35
5 Adagio 14:48

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A release of the Radium series (R88) on Table of the Elements.

Booklet features notes by Tony Conrad from May 1972 (from "Industrial Electricity", p. 16) and notes by Rhys Chatham. Also released on vinyl.

All selections © 2002/2006 Rhys Chatham ℗ 2002/2006 Post Minimalist Music Publishing Company (BMI). This release © ℗ 2006 Table of the Elements. All Rights Reserved.

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  • Barcode (Text): 8 06501 18022 3
  • Barcode (String): 806501180223
  • Matrix / Runout: WWW.BELLWETHERMFG.COM 3J831<7205>TOE802
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L481
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 8123
  • Rights Society (Performance rights): BMI


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November 13, 2018

No three-disc box set ‘An Angel Moves Too Fast to See?’ Including these CDs:
- the work from which its title is taken
- Two Gongs
- a compilation w/the same tracks as Radium’s later ‘Die Donnergötter’ compilation

The latter includes “Guitar Trio” and “Massacre on Macdougal Street” among its five compositions.

Much of his best-known work is here: in a superb package of the sort you’d expect from Table of the Elements. Including a giant booklet: with countless photos and endless liner notes; much of it printed in metallic ink, of a blue-silver hue. Also an almost-equally lavish Table of the Elements catalogue.

Though ‘A Rhys Chatham Compendium’ is a related release? It's a single CD: merely a sampler of material from the full set.

Not surprised this didn’t wind up on discogs.com, as it had been an extremely-limited edition. Difficult to obtain unless pre-ordered long ahead of its release, or if one were an employee in the distribution chain.

(BTW: no, it's not the same as ‘Guitar Trio Is My Life.’ That’s an entirely-different three-disc set.)

Those seeking to confirm its existence? Look at one of these pages: