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Christopher Hobbs / John Adams / Gavin BryarsEnsemble Pieces

Label:Obscure (2) – obscure no. 2, Island Records – obscure no. 2
Vinyl, LP, Grey labels
Style:Modern Classical, Minimal


A1Christopher HobbsAran
Organ [Reed Organ], Toy Piano, Triangle [Triangles], DrumsJohn White
Organ [Reed Organ], Triangle [Triangles], Wood Block [Wood Blocks], Cymbal [Cymbals]Gavin Bryars
Tubular Bells, Triangle [Triangles], Cowbell [Cowbells], Toy PianoChristopher Hobbs
John AdamsAmerican Standard
Engineer [Recording Engineer (U.S.A.)]Alden Jenks
Flute, Clarinet, Clarinet [Doubling Bass-clarinet, Doubling Bass-drum], Tuba, Percussion [Trap Set], Violin, Viola [2 Violas], Cello, Double Bass, HarpThe New Music Ensemble Of The San Francisco Conservatory Of Music*
A2 (i)John Philip Sousa
A2 (ii)Christian Zeal And Activity
A2 (iii)Sentimentals
B1Christopher HobbsMcCrimmon Will Never Return
Organ [Reed Organ]Christopher Hobbs, Gavin Bryars
B2Gavin Bryars1, 2, 1-2-3-4
Double BassGavin Bryars
DrumsMike Nicolls
EngineerPhil Ault
GuitarDerek Bailey
OboeAndy Mackay
TrombonePaul Nieman
Violin [Violins]Stuart Deeks

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A2: From a live performance by The New Music Ensemble of The San Francisco Conservatory of Music at the Museum of Art on March 23rd 1973.
Design by John Bonis of CCS

on labels:
['obscure' logo]
['island records' logo]
℗ 1975 Island Records Ltd

on jacket, rear:
obscure no. 2
['obscure' logo]
Manufactured and distributed by Island Records Ltd.

on spine:
obscure no. 2
℗ 1975 Island Records Ltd

1975 first press (grey label Island edition).

Artist names are transposed erroneously on labels:
Side A credits Christopher Hobbs & Gavin Bryars
Side B credits Christopher Hobbs & John Adams

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): OBSCURE 2-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): OBSCURE 2-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, stamped): GM OBSCURE NO·2·AI >
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, stamped): GM OBSCURE NO·2·BI >
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, hand-etched): 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, hand-etched, variant 1): 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, hand-etched, variant 2): 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, hand-etched, variant 3): 4

Other Versions (5 of 10)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
Ensemble Pieces (LP, Reissue)Obscure (2)obscure no. 2UK1978
Recently Edited
Ensemble Pieces (LP, Album, Reissue)Obscure (2)obscure no. 2UK1978
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Ensemble Pieces (LP, Reissue)Obscure (2), Obscure (2)OBS 2 HOBBS/ADAMS/BRYARS, obscure no. 2UK1978
Recently Edited
Ensemble Pieces (LP, Reissue)Editions EG, PolydorEGED 22, 2335 246UK1982
New Submission
Ensemble Pieces (LP, Promo)Editions EG, Polydor25MM 0156Japan1982


PatParis's avatar
Exist on CD - Label : GB Records - Number : BCGBCD23 - Year : 2015
Discowaltogs222's avatar
Interesting that there doesn't seem to have ever been a CD release of this interesting album. I would love to see a nice little CD box set of all of these Obscure releases, with each release in a digipak with the original Obscure cover art. This is one of those things that, in my mind, seems like such an obvious idea that I find myself surprised that it hasn't been done.