Disc 9 - Dust

"Dust" collects music that by history, origin, connotation (or, in a few instances, joke) is associated with the more rural parts of society. You say there's dust in cities too? Hogwash!

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  1. Los Lobos: “I Got Loaded” from How Will the Wolf Survive, Slash Records, 1984. Alex Acuna (perc.), Steve Berlin (harmonica, perc., baritone sax., soprano sax., tenor sax.), T-Bone Burnett (guitar, organ), David Hidalgo (accordion, bass, guitar, lap steel guitar, perc., vocals), Conrad Lozano (bass, guitar, guitarron, vocals), Louie Pérez (drums, guitar, quinto), Cesar Rosas (bajo sexto, guitar, mandolin, vocals), Oscar Rosas (banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocals)

  2. The Del-Lords: “How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live” from Frontier Days, EMI America, 1984. Eric Ambel (guitar, vocals), Manny Caiati (bass, vocals), Frank Funaro (drums, vocals), Scott Kempner (guitar, vocals)

  3. Blaze Foley: “Oval Room” from Blaze Foley, Vital Records, 1984. Blaze Foley (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Roger Clark (drums), Cal Freeman (steel guitar), Clayton Ivey (keyboards), Gurf Morlix (bass), John Willis (guitar, mandolin)

  4. John Prine: “Aimless Love” from Aimless Love, Oh Boy, 1984. John Prine (guitar, vocals) (The credits lists over twenty musician. I can't be bothered to write down all of them. See e.g. here for one list).

  5. Rank and File: “Saddest Girl In the World” from Long Gone Dead, Slash Records, 1984. Chip Kinman (vocals, guitar, harmonica, six string bass), Tony Kinman (bass, vocals), Peter Grant (pedal steel guitar, slide guitar, autoharp, banjo), Stan Lynch (drums, perc.), Jeff Ross (guitar)

  6. John Anderson: “Chicken Truck” from Chicken Truck 7'', Warner Bros., 1984. John Anderson (guitar, vocals). No other credits listed.

  7. Christine Lavin: “Cold Pizza for Breakfast” from Future Fossils, Palindrome Records, 1984. Christine Lavin (acoustic guitar, vocals), Mark Dann (bass, guitar, 12 string guitar, synth.), Paul Kaplan (harmonica), Andy Teirstein viola), Howie Wyeth (drums)

  8. George Strait: “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” from Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind, MCA Records, 1984. George Strait (vocals, guitar), Eddie Bayers (drums), Larry Byrom (guitar), Hank DeVito (steel guitar), Johnny Gimble (fiddle, mandolin), John Hobbs (keyboards), David Hungate (bass), Weldon Myrick (steel guitar), Randy Scruggs (steel guitar), Curtis Young (backing vocals), Reggie Young (guitar)

  9. John Fahey: “Sunset on Prince George's County” from Let Go, Varrick, 1984. John Fahey (guitar), Terry Robb (bass, bottleneck guitar, guitar)

  10. The Judds: “Mama He's Crazy” from Why Not Me, RCA/Curb Records, 1984. Naomi Judd (vocals), Wynona Judd (vocals), Eddie Bayers (drums), Mark Casstevens (guitar, harmonica), Sonny Garrish (dobro, steel guitar), Bobby Ogdin (piano), Don Potter (guitar), Gene Sisk (piano), Jack Williams (bass)

  11. The Del Fuegos: “I Should Be the One” from The Longest Day, London Records, 1984. Brent “Woody” Giessmann (drums, vocals), Tom Lloyd (bass, vocals), Dan Zanes (lead vocals, guitar), Warren Zanes (guitar), Jorge Bermudez (perc.), Mitchell Froom (keyboards)

  12. The Long Ryders: “Run Dusty Run” from Native Sons, Frontier Records, 1984. Des Brewer (bass, vocals), Sid Griffin (autoharp, bugle, guitar, harmonica, vocals), Steve McCarthy (banjo, guitar, steel guitar, keyboards, mandolin, vocals), Gerg Sowders (drums, perc., vibraphone), Tom Steven (bass, vocals), Gene Clark (guest vocals), Phil Kenzie (baritone sax., tenor sax.), Dave Pearlman (steel guitar, guitar)

  13. The Blasters: “Blue Shadows” from I Can Dream About You / Blue Shadows split 7'' w/ Dan Hartman, MCA Records, 1984. Dave Alvin (guitar), Phil Alvin (guitar, vocals), Bill Bateman (drums), John Bazz (bass). (Unknown piano player, likely Gene Taylor).

  14. Reba McEntire: “How Blue” from My Kind of Country, MCA Records, 1984. Reba McEntire (vocals). (Long-winded credits list can be found here).

  15. Ferron: “As Soon As I Find My Shoes I'm Gone” from Shadows on a Dime, Lucy Records, 1984. Ferron (acoustic guitar, vocals), Glen Hendrickson (drums), Brian Newcombe (bass), Dave Pikell (synth.), Brent Shindell (guitar), Adrienne Torf (synth.), Willow Wray (backing vocals), Brett Wade (guitar). Credits fro this track only.

  16. T-Bone Burnett: “Strange Combination” from Behind the Trap Door EP, Demon Records, 1984. T-Bone Burnett (guitar, vocals), Alex Acuna, Steve Berlin Stephen Burton, Reggie Fisher, David Kemper, David Mansfield, David Miner, Billy Swan (listed as unspecified “musicians” only)

  17. Nick Lowe: “Half a Boy and Half a Man” from Nick Lowe and His Cowboy Outfit, F-Beat, 1984. Nick Lowe (bass, guitar, vocals), Martin Belmont (guitar), Paul Carrack (keyboards, backing vocals), Bobby Irwin (drums, backing vocals). Additional musicians appear on other tracks.

  18. Cub Koda: “That's What I Like About The South” from That's What I Like About the South, Lolita, 1984. Cub Koda (guitar, vocals). No other credits available.

  19. Ricky Skaggs: “Country Boy” from Country Boy, Epic, 1984. Ricky Skaggs (fiddle, guitar, mandolin, violin, vocals), Eddie Bayers (drums), Bruce Burton (pedal steel guitar), Molly Bright (vocals), Dennis Burnside (piano), Jese Chambers (bass), Buddy Emmons (pedal steel guitar), George Grantham (drums), Lloyd Green (pedal steel guitar), Bobby Hicks (fiddle), Bill Monroe (mandolin), Joe Osborn (bass), Lou Reid (banjo, vocals), Gary W. Smith (piano), Crom Tidwell (kazoo), Buck White (piano)

  20. Nanci Griffith: “Spin On a Red Brick Floor” from Once in a Very Blue Moon, Philo Records, 1984. Nanci Griffith (acoustic guitar, vocals), Pat Alger (guitar, hi-string guitar), john Catchings (cello), Phil donnely (bird calls, guitar, sound effects), Stephen Doster (guitar), Béla Fleck (banjo), Denice Franke (vocals), Lloyd Green (dobro, pedal steel guitar), Mark Howard (guitar), Roy Husky (bass, upright bass), Lyle Lovett (vocals), Kenny Malone (drums, perc.), Terry McMillan (harmonica), Mark O'Connor (fiddle, mandola, mandolin, piccolo mandolin, violin), Raplh Vitello (piano, synth.)

  21. Vømmøl Spellemannslag: “Gravølet” from Vømmølåret, Plateselskapet AS, 1984. Hans “Kristian Schravlevold” Rotmo (vocals, lurk, fiddle), Hans “Konrad Vømmølbakken” Løkken (mandolin, saxophone, backing vocals), Leiv “Birger Skruddusvingen” Prestvik (bass, backing vocals), Geir “Peder Storvømmølvold” Solheim (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Carl Haakon Waadeland (drums), Tor Evensen (various inst.), Alf Erik Skille (keyboards)

  22. MDC: “Chicken Squawk” from Millions Of Dead Children 7'' a.k.a. Chicken Squawk 7'', R Radical Records / Twisted Chords, 1984. No credits listed.


Disc 8 - Breaks vol. 1

"Breaks" refers to what was called electro in the 80s. Hip-hop oriented beats and music, but without the raps (usually).

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  1. Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown: “Unity Part 1 (The Third Coming)” from Unity 12'', Tommy Boy Music, 1984. Afrika Bambaataa (vocals, production), James Brown (vocals), Brian Banks (synth.), Chops (horns), Robin Halpin (synth.), Keith LeBlanc (drums), Skip McDonald (guitar), Anthony Marinelli (synth), Doug Wimbish (bass)

  2. Herbie Hancock: “Metal Beat” from Sound System, Columbia, 1984. Herbie Hancock (keyboards, production), D. ST. (turntables), Aiyb Dieng (perc.), Hamid Drake (perc.), Anton Fier (drums, Dmx programming), Bernard Fowler (voice), Henry Kaiser (guitar), Toshinori Kondo (trumpet), Bill Laswell (bass, Dmx programming), Daniel Ponce (perc.), Wayne Shorter (saxophone, lyricon), Nicky Skopelitis (guitar), Foday Musa Suso (xylophone, kora, kalimba)

  3. DST And Jalaludin M Nuriddin: “Mean Machine” from Mean Machine 12'', Celluloid, 1984. D. ST. (production), Material (ass. Production)

  4. Knights Of The Turntable: “Techno Scratch” from Techno Scratch 12'', JDC Records Inc. Jim Callon (production, engineer), Charles Lamont (keyboards)

  5. Egyptian Lover: “Egypt Egypt” from On the Nile, Egyptian Empire Records, 1984. Egyptian Lover (production, programming, synth., voice), Hanky Doing Panky (synth.)

  6. File 13: “Tastes So Good” from Taste So Good 12'', Profile Records, 1984. Double Dee (engineer, mixing), Arthur Ether (mixing), Dave Ogrin (engineer)

  7. World Class Wreckin' Cru: “Surgery” from Surgery 12'', Kru-Cut Records, 1984. Cli-N-Tel (voice), Donovan (engineer), Dr. Dre (scratching), Daniel Sofer (Dmx programming, keyboards)

  8. John Davis & Too Much: “Destination Earth” from Destination Earth, Metrovynil Records, 1984. John Davis (perfomer), Fred Fiore (production). No other credits listed.

  9. Pretty" Tony: “Jam the Box” fromJam the Box 12'', Music Specialists, 1984. “Pretty” Tony (production, mixing), Sherman Nealy (production)

  10. C-Jam & Kid Frost: “Commando Rock” from Command Rock 12'', Baja Records, 1984. Allen “The Lefty” Perada (music, scratching, production), Sniper (guitar), Dave Storrs (keyboards, production), Alien wizard (music)

  11. Megatwa Fatman: “Pants Too Tight” from Pants Too Tight 12'', Critique, 1984. Joe Carvello (mixing), Bill McKinney (production), Eric Morgeson (mixing, engineer)

  12. Unknown DJ & 3D: “Beatronic” from Beatronic 12'', Techno Hop Records, 1984. (Louis King (production), Andre Manuel (production)

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Disc 7 - Honk vol. 2

A follow up to Honk vol. 1, obviously. This time with a bit of spoken word, a band with seven bass players and one drummer, and some funky gumbo in addition to post-bop, free-bop, avant-garde and a real blow-out at the end.

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  1. Geri Allen Trio: “A Celebration Of Life from Printmakers, Minor Music, 1984. Geri Allen (piano), Anthony Cox (double bass), Adrew Cyrille (drums)

  1. Khan Jamal Quartet: “Dark Warrior” from Dark Warrior, Steeplechace, 1984. Khan Jamal (vibraphone), Johnny Dyani (double bass), Leroy Lowe (drums), Charles Tyler (alto sax, baritone sax)

  1. World Bass Violin Ensemble: “Mwanga Rag” from Bassically Yours, Black Saint, rec. Dec. '82 and Jan. '83, rel. 1984. Thurman Baker (drums, perc.), Bob Cunningham, Brian Smith, Fred Hopkins, Greg Maker, Phil Bowler, Rick Rozie, Rufus Reid (all double bass)

  1. Wilber Morris / David Murray / Dennis Charles: “PCOP no 1” from Wilber Force, DIW Records, rec. Feb. 1983, rel. 1984. Wilber Morris (double bass), Dennis Charles (drums), David Murray (tenor sax, bass clarinet)

  1. Ronald Shannon Jackson w/Michael S. Harper: “Last Affair: Bessie´s Blues Song” from Pulse, (aka. Puttin' on Dog) Celluloid, 1984. Ronald Shannon Jackson (drums, vocals) with Onaje Allen Gumps (piano) & Michael S. Harper (voice) on additional tracks.

  2. Conjure: “Jes' Grew” from Music For the Texts o Ismael Reed, American Clavé. 1984. David Murray (tenor sax., vocals), Olu Dara (trumpet, backing vocals), Billy Hart (drums), Taj Mahal (guitar), Puntillo Orlando Rios (perc.), Steve Swallow (el. Bass), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (el. Bass), Allen Toussaint (piano), Don Jay (backing vocals), Ejaye Tracey (backing vocals) (credits for this track only)

  1. Ganelin Trio: “Sempilce (Part 2)” (excerpt) from Semplice, Мелодия, 1984. Vyacheslav Ganelin (piano, casiotone, horn, perc.), Vladimir Chekasin (alto sax, trombone, flute, perc.), Vladimir Tarasov (drums, perc.)

  1. Dave Holland Quintet: “Jumpin' In” from Jumpin' In, ECM, 1984. Dave Holland (bass), Steve Coleman (alto sax, flute), Julian Priester (trombone), Kenny Wheeler (trumpet, cornet, flügelhorn) pocket trumpet)

  1. Art Ensemble of Chicago: “Zero” from The Third Decade, ECM, 1984. Lester Bowie (trumpet, var. percussion, bass drum, flügelhorn), Malachi Favors (double bass, el. bass, melodica, var. percussion), Joseph Jarman (atlo sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, soprano sax, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute, var. wind instruments, var. perc.), Roscoe Mitchell (alto sax, baritone sax, tenor sax, bells, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, var. perc. & drums, synthesizer), Famoudou Don Moye (drums, var. perc. & drums)

  1. David Murray: “Morning Song” from Morning Song, Black Saint. rec. Sept. '83, rel. 1984. David Murray (tenor sax, bass clarinet), Ed Blackwell (drums), John Hicks (piano), Reggie Workman (double bass)

  1. Position Alpha: “Jagad av Jagger, jagad av Watts” from The Great Sound of Sound, Dragon, 1984. Mats Eklöf (clarinet, baritone sax, bass sax, trombone), Sture Ericson (flute, alto sax, soprano sax, tenor sax), Thomas Jäderlund (bass clarinet, flute, alto sax, soprano sax), Jonny Wartel (clarinet, alto sax, soprano sax, sopranino, trumpet), Jonas Åkerblom (alto horn, alto sax, baritone sax, soprano sax)

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Disc 6 - Jangle vol. 1

"Jangle" refers to up-beat, mostly undistorted guitar pop with a firm back beat. "But some of this could have fitted on the Rattle disc", you say. Oh, you do like to quibble, don't you.

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  1. Aztec Camera: “Still On Fire” from Knife, WEA/Sire, 1984. Roddy Frame (guitar, vocals), Martin Drover (trumpet), Guy Fletcher (keyboards, backing vocals), Campbell Owens (bass, backing vocals), Frank Ricotti (perc.), Malcolm Ross (guitar, backing vocals), David Ruffy (drums, backing vocals), Chris White (saxophone)

  2. dB's: “Lonely Is As Lonely Does” from Like This, Bearsville, 1984. Gene Holder (guitar, bass, keyboards), Peter Holsapple (guitar, mandolin, keyboards, vocals), Will Rigby (drums, perc., keyboards, vocals), Patrick Irwin (keyboards), Mark Tomeo (steel guitar), Rick Wagner (keyboards)

  3. Lloyd Cole & The Commotions: “Speedboat” from Rattlesnakes, Polydor, 1984. Neil Clark (guitar, acoustic guitar), Lloyd Cole (guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals), Blair Cowan (keyboards), Lawrence Donegan (bass), Stephe Irvine (drums, perc.)

  4. The Daintees: “Trouble Town” from Trouble Town 7'', Kitcheware Records, 1984. Martin Stephenson (guitar, vocals), Sam Brown (backing vocals). No other credits listed.

  5. The Smiths: “William, It Was Really Nothing” from William, It Was Really Nothing 12'', Rough Trade, 1984. Mike Joyce (drums), Johnny Marr (guitar), Morrissey (vocals), Andy Rourke (bass)

  6. Kirsty MacColl: “A New England” from A New England 7'', Stiff Records, 1984. Kirsty MacColl (vocals) No other credits listed.

  7. Hoodoo Gurus: “Tojo” from Stoneage Romeos, Big Time, 1984. James Baker (drums), Clyde Bramley (bass, vocals), Dave Faulkner (guitar, lead vocals, keyboards), Michael Farmer (additional perc.)

  8. The Go-Go's: “Head Over Heels” from Talk Show, I.R.S. Records, 1984. Charlotte Caffey (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Belinda Carlisle (vocals), Gina Schock (drums), Kathy Valentine (bass, guitar, vocals), Jane Wieldin (guitar, vocals)

  9. Any Trouble: “Old Before Your Time” from Wrong End Of the Race, Stiff Records, 1984. Phil Barnes (bass, saxophone, vocals), Clive Gregson (guitar, vocals), Steve Gurl (keyboards), Martin Hughes (drums, perc., vocals), Chris Parks (guitar), Billy Bremner (guitar, vocals), Alan Dunn (accordion, violin), Andy Ebsworth (drums) Ian Matthews (vocals), Gavin Sutherland (vocals), Ian Sutherland (vocals), Richard Thompson (guitar, vocals), Bobby Valentino (violin)

  10. Tracy Ullman: “You Caught Me Out” from You Caught Me Out, Stiff Records, 1984. Tracy Ullman (vocals), Steve Bloomfield, Robin Bolt ,B.J. Cole, John Canham, Stewart Curtis, Pandit Dinesh, Graham Edwards, Simon Edwards, Dion Estus, Richard Evans, Jakko, Dave Land, Judd Lander, Roger McKew, Charlie Morgan, Mark Nevin, Joe Partridge, Fred Percer, Gavin Povey, Andy Richards, Don Snow, Doug Tayor, Geraint Watkins, Paul Westwood, Paul 'Wix' Wickens, Terry Williams, Chris Wyles (musicians, unspecified), Margot Buchanan, Peter Collins, Mandy Dickinson, Kay Garner, Ruby James, Katie Kissoon, Shirley Lewis, Kirsty MacColl, Allison Thomas, Joy Yates (backing vocals)

  11. Julie Brown: “'Cause I'm A Blonde” from Goddess In Progress EP, Rhino, 1984. Julie Brown (vocals), Steve Appel (drums), Craig Berkinshaw (drums), Craig Hull (guitar), Dan Grenier (guitar), Kevin McCormack (bass), Chris Mostert (saxophone), Sterling Smith (keyboards, synth.), Jeff Steele (bass), Steven Thoma (keyboards, synth.), Nancy Bouche, Lorraine Feather, Linda Lawley, Leslie Livrano (backing vocals)

  12. Soda Stereo “Por Qué No Puedo Ser Del Jet-Set?” from Soda Stereo, Discos CBS, 1984. Charlie Alberti (drums), Zeta Bosio (bass, backing vocals), Gustavo Cerati (guitar, vocals), El Gonzo (saxophone), Daniel Molero (keyboards)

  1. The Jazz Butcher: “Girlfriend” from A Scandal In Bohemia, Glass Records, 1984. The Jazz Butcher/Pat Fish (vocals, guitar), David J (bass, vocals), Max Eider (guitar, vocals), Owen Jones (drums, vocals)

  2. Spongetones: “(My Girl) Maryanne” from Torn Apart, Ripete Record, 1984. Jamie Hoover (guitar, vocals), Steve Stoeckel (bass, vocals, guitar), Rob Thorne (drums, perc.), Pat Walters (guitar, vocals, keyboard)

  3. Dwight Twilley: “Girls” from Jungle, EMI America, 1984. Dwight Twilley (vocals, guitar, piano, backing vocals), Tom Petty (vocals), Susan Cowsill (backing vocals), Mike Baird (drums), Steve Forman (perc.), Craig Krampf (drums), Kenny Lewis (bass), Mike Campbell, Buzzy Feiten, John Hug, Craig Hull, Roger Linn, Jimmy May, Bill Pitcock IV, Sandy Stein, Richie Zito (guitar on unspecified tracks), Michael Boddicker, Steve Goldstein, George Michalski, Alan Pasqua, Barry Trop (keyboards on unspecified tracks)

  4. The Bangles: “Silent Treatment” from All Over The Place, Columbia, 1984. Susanna Hoffs (guitar, vocals), Debbi Peterson (drums, vocals), Vicki Peterson (guitar, vocals), Michael Steele (bass, vocals)

  5. X-Teens: “All Day Long” from Love And Politics, Dolphin, 1984. Robert Bittle (guitar, vocals), Todd Jones (keyboards, vocals), Kitty Moses (bass, vocals), Ned Robie (drums)

  6. Prefab Sprout: “Cruel” from Swoon, Kitchenware Records, 1984. Martin McAloon (bass, vocals), Paddy McAloon (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Wendy Smith (guitar, vocals), Grant Lant (drums)

  7. Tommy Keene: “Places That Are Gone” from Places That Are Gone EP, Dolphin Records, 1984. Tommy Keene (guitar, vocals), Billy Connely (guitar, vocals), Ted Niceley (bass), Doug Tull (drums)

  8. Style Council: “Headstart For Happiness” from Café Bleu, Polydor, 1984. Mick Talbot (clavinet, keyboards, organ, piano, synth., bass, vocals), Paul Weller (guitar, vocals, bass, flute, synth.), Chris Bostock (bass, double bass), Billy Chapman (saxophone), D.C. Lee (vocals), Hilary Seabrook (tenor sax.), Barbara Snow (trumpet), Tracey Thorn (vocals), Bobby Valentino (violin), Ben Watt (guitar), Peter Wilson (double bass, drum programming, drums)

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Disc 5 - Fringe

"Fringe" refers to various unclassifiable music: things that may or may not incorporate art-rock, jazz-influences, minimalism, improvisation, electronics, various techniques in modern composition or none of the above.

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  1. Penguin Cafe Orchestra: “Heartwind” from Broadcasting From Home, Editions EG, 1984. David Defries (trumpet, flügelhorn), Simon Jeffers (acoustic guitar, guitar, bass, omnichord, harmonium, drums, piano, var. string instr., var. keyboard instr., var. perc.), Helen Liebmann (cello), Trevor Morais (var. perc.), Geoffrey Richardson (viola, bass, guitar, whistle), Gavyn Wright (violin), Ann Whitehead (trombone)

  2. Harlod Budd & Brian Eno: “Against the Sky” from The Pearl, Editions EG, 1984. Harlod Budd (piano, composition), Brian Eno (electronics, keyboards, composition, audio production), Daniel Lanois (audio production)

  3. Robert Quine & Fred Maher: “Summer Storm” from Basic, Editions EG, 1984. Fred Maher (bass, guitar, drum programming), Robert Quine (guitar, bass, drum programming)

  4. Vienna Art Orchestra: “Reflections On Severe Reprimande” from The Minimalism of Erik Satie, Hat Hut Records, 1984. Karl “Bumi” Fian (trumpet, flügelhorn), Hannes Kottek (trumpet, flügelhorn), Lauren Newton (voice), Wolfgang Puschnig (bass clarinet, alto sax, sopranino sax, flute), Christian Radovan (trombone), Wolfgang Reisinger (percussion), Mathias Rüegg (leader, arranger), John Sass (tuba), Woody Schabata (vibraphone), Roman Schwaller (tenor sax, clarinet), Harry Sokal (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute)

  5. The Missing Brazilians: “Missing Brazilians” from Warzone, On-U Sound, 1984. Crocodile (bass, effects), Kishi (keyboards), The Prisoner (drums)

  6. Six Cylindres En V: “Wao” from Dernier Cri, Ayaa, 1984. Yves Colombain (trombone) Patrick Cuisance (alto sax, flute), Marin Favre (tenor sax, curved soprano sax, baritone sax), Yves Menut (trumpet. flügelhorn, vocals), Antoine Prawerman (alto, bass & soprano clarinet), Jean Marc Sohier (tuba), Benoît Proust (drums, perc.)

  7. Blurt: “Bullets For You” from Bullets For You, Divine, 1984. Pete Creese (guitar), Jake Milton (drums), Ted Milton (saxophone, vocals)

  8. Die Zwei: “45 Boys On the Beach Part 1” from U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!, East West Trading Company, 1984. Gerd Scheuerpflug (vocals, writer), Udo Scheuerpflug (vocals, writer), Günther Linke (voice), Lisaweta Prokofjewna (vocals). Additional tracks: Frieder Butzman (synthesizer, vocoder), Evert Fraterman (drums), Hubert Hohmann (tuba), Imke Nagel (flute), Norbert Nagel (saxophone, flute), Roland Nörpel (trombone), Josef Romesis (trumpet, trombone, flügelhorn)

  9. The Art Of Noise: “Close (To the Edit)” from (Who's Afraid Of)? The Art Of Noise, Island Records/ZTT, 1984. Anne Dudley, Gary Langan, J.J. Jeczalik, Trevor Horn (electronics)

  10. Debile Menthol: “Mieux Vaut D'Ecker” from Battre Champagne, RecRec Music, 1984. Christian G. Addor (keyboards, guitar), Yvan Chkolnix (guitar, vocals), Jean V. Huguenin (strings, guitar), Gilles V. Rieder (drums, vocals), Jean M. Rossel (guitar, vocals), Marie C. Schwab (violin, vocals), Cedric P. Vuille (wind instr., strings, sounds)

  11. Bruce Gilbert: “U, Mu, U” from This Way, Mute, 1984. Bruce Gilbert (music)

  12. Nihilst Spasm Band: “Are You OK Bill? July 21 1984” from 1984, Chimik Communications, 1984. John Clement (guitar), Greg Curnoe (drums, kazoo), Bill Exley (vocals, rhythm machine, whistling), Murray Favro (guitar), Hugh McIntyre (bass), Art Pratten (Prat-a-various)

  13. Officer!: “Spitter's Hooked On Love” from Ossification, Ayaa, 1984. Gerogie Born (cello), Felix Fiedorowicz (bassoon, recorder, strins arr. & comp.), Bill Gilonis (bass), Mick Hobbs (drums, guitar, perc., recorder, vocals), Zeena Parkins (harp), Judy Carter &Catherine Jauniaux (voice), Jussi Karel, Terri Robson, Anne Stokes & Christina Wild (strings) (the credits may differ on other tracks from the album)

  14. John Adams: “Wild Nights” from Harmonium, ECM, 1984. San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (orchestra) San Francisco Symphony Chorus (chorus), Edo De Waart (conductor)

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Disc 4 - Street

"Street" refers to various early rap and hip-hop, and the term points both to the fact that many early rap-singles were released in so-called "street versions" as well as hinting to the music's urban roots. Most of these tracks were single-only, 'though by 1984 we were beginning to see some solid albums as well, notably Run-D.M.C.'s debut.

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  1. L.L. Cool J: “I Need a Beat (Vocal)” from I Need a Beat 12'', Def Jam Recordings, 1984. LL Cool J (vocals), Rick Rubin (production), Burzootie (mix), Herb “Boom Boom” Powers (mastering)

  2. Run-D.M.C.: “It's Like That” from Run-DMC, Profile Records, 1984. Jam Master Jay (percussion, keyboards), Darryl McDaniels “D.M.C.” (vocals), Joseph Simmons “Run” (vocals), Orange Krush (music, composition), Russel Simmons (production), Larry Smith (production), Rudi Hui (engineer)

  3. Fat Boys: “Human Beatbox” from Fat Boys, Sutra, 1984. Prince Markie Dee (vocals), Human Beat Box (beatbox), Kool Rock-Ski (vocals), Kurtis Blow, Art Kass, Charles Stettler (production), Davd Ogrin (engineer), Herb Powers Jr. (engineer). Credits may be different for the rest of the album.

  4. M.C. Flex & The FBI Crew: “Rockin' It” from Rockin' It 12'', Posse Records, 1984. The F.B.I. Crew, Joe Grada, Amos Larkin II, (production), Mark Berry (mixing), Herbie Jr. (mastering)

  1. Rodney O: “Everlasting Bass” from Everlasting Bass 12'', Egyptian Empire, 1984. Rodney O (vocals, production), Joe Cooley (DJ)

  2. Schooly D: “Gangster Boogie” from Gangster Boogie / Maniac 12'', Cut Masters Records, 1984. J.B. Weaver Jr. (production)

  3. UTFO featuring Roxanne: “Roxanne Roxanne” from Roxanne Roxanne 12'', Streetwave, 1984. Full Force (arrangement, production), Quarter Welsh (engineer), Real Roxanne (vocals)

  4. Roxanne Shante: “Roxanne's Revenge” from Roxanne's Revenge 12'', Pop Art Records, 1984. M2 (production), Roxanne Shante (vocals)

  5. Whodini: “Escape (I Need A Break)” from Escape, Jive, 1984. Nigel Green (engineer), Larry Smith (production)

  6. Captain Rock: “Capt. Rock To the Future Shock (Short Version)” from Capt. Rock To the Future Shock 12'', NIA Records, 1984. Taharqa Aleem (production), Tunde-Ra Aleem (production)

  7. Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde: “Fast Life” from Fast Life / A.M. P.M. 7'', Profile Records, 1984. Kurtis Blow (production), M2 (co-production), Dave Ogrin (engineer)

  8. High Fidelity Three: “B-Boys Breakdance” from B-Boys Breakdance 12'', Cutting Records, 1984. Jerry Calliste Jr. (production, mixing), Frank Heller (engineer), Amando Marin (executive production, mixing), Herb Powers Jr. (mastering)

  9. The Wreckin Cru feat. Yella: “Slice” feat. Cli-N-Tel from Slice / Kru Groove 12'', Kru-Cut Records, 1984. “Yella” Antonie Carraby (scratches, drums), DJ Clientele Mark Hawkins (vocals), Lonzo Williams (production)

  10. Fantasy Three: “The Buck Stops Here (Vocal)” from Summer / The Buck Stops Here 12'', C.C.L. Records Inc., 1984. Jerry “Hashim” Calliste Jr. (music), Julio Guina (executive production), Aldo Marin (production, mixing), J. Lyon, Scott Noll, T. Garland (engineering)

  11. Chris “The Glove” Taylor & Dave Storrs: “Reckless” feat. Ice-T from Reckless 7'', Polydor, 1984. Ice-T (vocals), Dave Storrs (production), Chris “The Glove” Taylor (production), The Alien Wizard (engineering)

  12. Newcleus: “Jam On It” from Jam On It 7'', Sunnyview Records, 1984. Frank Fair (production), Johnathan Fearing (mixing), Joe Webb (production)

  13. Shahid: “1984 (Future Shock)” from “1984” (Future Shock) 12'', Clockwork Records, 1984. Lloyd E. Coward (executive production), Dave Dachinger (engineering), C.E. McPherson (arr., mixing), R. Andre Perry (executive production)

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Disc 3 - Rattle vol. 1

"Rattle" refers to various post-punk, post-New Wave and "alternative", rock oriented music that aesthetically and/or economically operated outside the realm of the most popular music of the time. Some may call it "indie". I was hoping to avoid that term. (EDIT: There will b a second volume).

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  1. The Replacements: “I Will Dare” from Let It Be, Twin Tone Records, 1984. Chris Mars (drums, tambourine), Bob Stinson (lead guitar), Tommy Stinson (bass), Paul Westerberg (rhtythm guitar, 12-srting guitar, mandolin, vocals), Peter Buck (guitar solo)

  2. The Great Plains: “Black Sox Scandal/What Are You Living On” from Born In a Barn, Homestead Productions, 1984. Dave Green (drums), Ron House (vocals, guitar), Mike Hummel (bass), Mark Wyatt (keyboards, vocals), Matt Wyatt (guitar, vocals)

  3. The Chills: “Doledrums” from Doledrums / Hidden Bay 7'', Flying Nun Records, 1984. Peter Allison (piano, organ), Alan Haig (drums, perc.), Martin Kean (guitar, bass, vocals, perc.), Martin Phillips (guitar, vocals, perc., organ, bass)

  4. Meat Puppets: “Plateau” from Meat Puppets II, SST Records, 1984. Derrick Bostrom (drums), Cris (bass), Curt Kirkwood (guitar, vocals)

  5. The Go-Betweens: “Draining the Pool For You” from Spring Hill Fair, Sire, 1984. Robert Forster (guitar, vocals), Grant McLennan (guitar, vocals), Lindy Morrison (drums), Robert Vickers (bass) with Denis Gautier (trumpet), Marc Fontana (sax), Graeme Pleeth (keyboards, brass & string arr.), Anna Silva (backing vocals)

  6. Yeah Yeah Noh: “Prick Up Your Ears” from Prick Up Your Ears EP, In Tape, 1984. Adrian Crossan (bass), Sue Dorey (perc.), John Grayland (euphonium, guitar), Derek Hammond (vocals)

  7. Half Japanese: “Firecracker” from Sing No Evil, Iridescence Records, 1984. David Fair (perc., backing vocals), Jad Fair (vocals, guitar), John Dreyfuss (sax), Mark Jickling (guitar, bass, backing vocals), Richie LaBrie (drums), Lisa Mednick (el. piano), Margie Moremen (backing vocals), Howard Wuelfing (bass), Paul Watson (trumpet), Pippin Barnett & Jay Spiegel (add. drums), Don Flemming & Rebby Sharp (add. guitar)

  8. Felt: “Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow” from The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories, Cherry Red, 1984. Gary Ainge (drums), Maurice Deebank (guitar), Lawrence Hayward (guitar, vocals), Mick Lloyd (bass)

  9. Salem 66: “Across the Sea” from Across the Sea / Pony Song 7'', Homestead Records, 1984. Judy Grunwald (guitar, vocals), Beth Kaplan (bass, vocals), Susan Merriam (drums), Robert Wilson (guitar, backing vocals)

  10. Sunnyboys: “Love In a Box” from Love In a Box 7'', Mushroom Records, 1984. Richard Burgman (guitar), Steve Harris (keyboards), Jeremy Oxley (guitar, vocals), Peter Oxley (bass)

  11. The Trypes: “The Undertow” from The Explorers Hold, Coyote Records, 1984. John Baumgartner (keyboards), Stanley Demeski (drums, perc.), Marc Francia (guitar, vocals), Glenn Mercer (guitar, vocals, perc.), Bill Million (perc.), Toni Paruta (woodwind, vocals), Brenda Sauter (bass, vocals)

  12. Anna Domino: “Review” from East and West EP, Les Disques de Crépsules, 1984. Anna Domino (guitar, synth., vocals), Luc Van Acker (electronics), Virginia Astley (piano, el. piano, backing vocals), Eric Michiels (horns), Jan Weuts (horns), Jan Parmentier (percussion, tabla), Blaine L. Reiniger (drum programming, violin), Jan Weuts (horns)

  13. The Fall: “Oh, Brother” from Oh! Brother 7'', Beggars Banquet, 1984. Karl Burns (drums), Paul Hanley (drums, keyboards), Stephen Hanley (bass), Craig Scanlon (guitar), Brix Smith (guitar, vocals), Mark E. Smith (vocals)

  14. Shonen Knife: “Flying Jelly Attack” from Yama-no Attchan, Zero, 1984. Ichiya Nakamura (slide guitar), Michie Nakatani (vocals), Atsuko Yamano (drums, background vocals), Naoko Yamano (vocals, guitar)

  15. Let's Active: “Easy Does” from Cypress, I.R.S. Records, 1984. Mitch Easter (guitar, vocals), Faye Hunter (bass), Sara Romweber (drums)

  16. Opal: “Grains Of Sand” from Fell From the Sun EP, Rough Trade, 1984. Keith Mitchell (drums), David Roback (guitar, organ, vocals), Kendra Smith (vocals, bass)

  17. The Wolfgang Press: “Deserve” from Scarecrow 12'', 4AD, 1984. Michael Allen (bass, vocals), Mark Cox (keayboards), Eddie 'Tan Tan' Thriller (trumpet), The Wolfgang Press (drums, perc.)

  18. Deja Voodoo: “Metro Vers L'Enfer” from Cemetary, OG Music, 1984. Tony Dewald (drums), Gerard Van Herk (guitar, vocals)

  19. The Gun Club: “Walking With the Beast” from The Las Vegas Story, Animal Records, 1984. Terry Graham (drums, perc., vocals, maracas), Patricia Morrison (bass, backing vocals maracas), Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals, guitar), Kid Congo Powers (guitar, slide guitar)

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Disc 2 - Honk vol. 1

"Honk" is a tongue-in-cheek way of referring to the sound a saxophones may make in a jazz setting. This disc collects compositions from some of my favorite jazz records of 1984, much of it in a post-Loft Jazz, free-swinging, and/or AACM derived style of jazz. There is already a volume 2 ready, to be published at a later date.

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  1. Air: “Sir Simpleton” from New Air: Live at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Black Saint, rec. Jul. 1983, rel. 1984. Pheeroan Aklaff (drums), Fred Hopkins (double bass), Henry Threadgill (flute, alto sax, baritone sax, hubkaphone)

  2. Jazz Doctors: “Spooning” from Intensive Care, Cadillac, rec. 1983, rel. 1984. Billy Bang (violin), Frank Lowe (tenor sax), Rafael Garrett (double bass), Dennis Charles (drums)

  3. Jimmy Lyons Quintet: “Wee Sneezawee” from Wee Sneezawee, Black Saint, rec. Sept. 1983, rel. 1984. Jimmy Lyons (alto sax), Karen Borca (bassoon), Raphe Malik (trumpet), Paul Murphy (drums), William Parker (double bass)

  4. Anthony Braxton Quartet: “Composition No. 115” from Six Compositions (Quartet) 1984, Black Saint, 1984. Anthony Braxton (alto sax, soprano sax, C-melody sax, clarinet, flute), Marilyn Crispell (piano), Gerry Hemingway (drums), John Lindberg (double bass)

  5. Tim Berne: “Clear” from Mutant Variations, Soul Note, 1984. Tim Berne (alto sax), Paul Motian (drums, perc.), Clarence Herb Robertson (pocket trumpet, trumpet, cornet, flügelhorn), Ed Schuller (double bass)

  6. Barre Phillips: “Highway 37” from Call Me When You Get There, ECM, 1984. Barre Phillips (double bass)

  7. Marty Ehrlich: “Hybrid” from The Welcome, Sound Aspects Rec., rec. March 1984, rel. 1984. Marty Ehrlich (alto sax, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute), Pheeroan Aklaff (drums), Anthony Cox (double bass)

  8. Joseph Jarman: “Old Time South Street Dance” from Inheritance, Baybridge Records, 1984. Joseph Jarman (alto sax, tenor sax, flute), Geri Allen (piano, synth.), Fred Hopkins (double bass), Famoudou Don Moye (drums, perc.)

  9. James Blood Ulmer: “Eye Level” from Eye Level 12'', Rough Trade, 1984. James 'Blood' Ulmer (guitar, vocals), Sean Oliver (el. Bass), Bruce Smith (drums), Adrian Sherwood (mixing)

  10. TTT featuring A.R. Penck: “We Met Frank and Butch in Town” from 3 + 2 = XXX, Music Corporation, rec. & rel. 1984. A.R. Penck (drums, artwork), Butch Morris (cornet), Frank Wollny (guitar), Heinz Wollny (bass), Frank Wright (sax, voice)

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    NB: There appears to be a couple of small mistakes in the enclosed track notes: where the abbreviation "re." appears, it should instead be "rel.", meaning "released" (as opposed to the year it was recorded). Also, the year of release for the Anthony Braxton record has disappeared, but it should obviously be 1984. The notes that appear here in this post should be correct.

Disc 1 - Soapbox

"Soapbox" may be a word that carries with it both positive and negative connotations, but it is entirely meant as a compliment here. The 80s saw the rise of two of the most divisive political leaders in both the United States and in Britain. Consequently, some of the most intelligent and articulate politically charged music was created during that time. This disc collects some of the best songs in that mold from 1984. (EDIT: The credit for Terry & Gerry went missing the first time around. The track listing with credits should now be correct).

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  1. Hüsker Dü: “Turn On the News” from Zen Arcade, SST Records, 1984. Grant Hart (drums, lead & backing vocals, perc. Piano), Bob Mould (electric & acoustic guitars, lead & backing vocals, perc., piano), Greg Norton (bass, backing vocals)

  1. Minutemen: “Glory Of Man” from Double Nickels On the Dime, SST Records, 1984. D. Boon (guitar, vocals), George Hurley (drums), Mike Watt (bass, vocals)

  1. Gil Scott-Heron: “Re-Ron” from Re-Reon 12'', Arista, 1984. Gil Scott-Heron (vocals), Aïyb Dieng (cowbell), Anton Fier (DMX), Bill Laswell (DMX), Bernie Worrell (synthesizers, clavinet), Bernard Fowler, D. ST, Shevin Conway, Nicky Skopelitis (chant)

  1. Linton Kwesi Johnson: “Wat About Di Workin' Claas?” from Making History, Island Reords, 1984. Linton Kwesi Johnson (vocals), Dennis Bovell (bass), Everald Forrest (perc.), Paget King (keyboards), John Kpiaye (guitar), Geoffrey Scantlebury (perc.), Nick Straker (synth.), Henry Tenyue (trombone), Patrick Tenyue (trumpet), Tony Utah (perc.)

  1. Persian Gulf: “(I'm So Glad I'm) Living In the Free World” from Changing the Weather EP, Raven, 1984. Chas Chase (drums), Dave House (bass), Hal Shows (guitar, vocals)

  1. Terry & Gerry: “Butter's On The Bread from Butter’s on the Bread EP, Vindaloo Records, 1984. Gerry Colvin (guitar, vocals), Terry Lilley (double bass, vocals), and likely Doreen Deville aka Su Richardson, Su Sonic (washboard, vocals)

  1. Billy Bragg: “It Says Here” from Brewing Up With Billy Bragg, Go! Discs, 1984. Billy Bragg (guitar, vocals). Kenny Craddock (organ on other tracks), Dave Woodhead (trumpet on other tracks)

  1. Big Flame: “Sink” from Sink 7'', Laughing Gun, 1984. Alan Brown (bass, vocals), David “Dil” Green (drums), Greg O'Keeffe (guitar)

  1. Skeleton Crew: “Learn to Talk” from Learn to Talk, Rift/RecRec Music, 1984. Tom Cora (bass, cello, Casio, drums, home-made instr., vocals), Fred Frith (guitar, 6-string bass, violin, Casio, home-made instr., piano, drums, vocals)

  1. The Special AKA: “Racist Friend” from In the Studio, Twin-Tone Records, 1984. John Bradbury (drums), Dick Cuthell (flügelhorn, tenor horn, cornet, piano, bass), Jerry Dammer (organ, piano), Roddy Radiation (guitar), John Shipley (guitar), Stan Campbell (vocals), Rhoda Dakar (vocals), Egidio Newton (vocals), Andy Aderinto (sax on other tracks), Gary McManus (bass on other tracks), Rico Rodriguez (trombone on other tracks)

  1. Saccharine Trust: “The House, the System, the Concrete” from Surviving You, Always, SST Records, 1984. Joe Baiza (guitar), Jack Brewer (vocals), Tony Cicero (drums), Mark Hodson (bass)

  1. Time Zone featuring John Lydon & Afrika Bambaataa: “World Destruction” from World Destruction 12'', Celluloid, 1984. Bill Laswell (bass, drum programming), Nicky Skopelitis (guitar), Aïyb Dieng (perc.), Bernie Worrell (synth.), Afrika Bambaataa (vocals), John Lydon (vocals)

  1. Microdisney: “Love Your Enemies” from 82-84: We Hate You South African Bastards! (a.k.a. 82-84: Love Your Enemies), Rough Trade, re. Between 1982-'84, rel. 1984. Cathal Coughlan (vocals), Sean O'Hagan (guitar), Dave Galvin (drums), Jon Fell (bass), Nick Montgomery (keyboards)

  1. Republika: “Na Barykadach Walka Trwa” from Nieustanne Tango, Polton, 1984. Grzegorz Ciechowski (vocals, piano, keyboards), Slawomir Ciesielski (vocals, perc.), Zbigniew Krzywanski (guitar, vocals), Pawel Kuczynski (bass, vocals)

  1. Artless: “How Much Punk Rock Do You Hear In Russia” from How Much Punk Rock Do You Hear In Russia 7'', The Only Labl In the World, 1984. Mykel Board (vocals), Susan Cummings (bass), David Hahn (drums), John Gamble (guitar), Fred Nadis (trumpet, tuba), Julien Mitzberg (guitar noise, voice)

  1. Last Poets: “Long Enough” from Long Enough 12'', Kee Wee Records, 1984. Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin (vocals), H. Young, Roy Leftenant (prod.), Ron Saint Germain (remix, co.prod.), Kee Wee Productions (prod.), Cliff Smalls (arr.), Barry Yearwood (co-prod.)

  1. Flux Of Pink Indians: “For the Love Of Beauty We Created a Beast” from Taking A Liberty 7'', Spiderleg Records, 1984. There is no info on the sleave, but the band at the time appears to have been Colin Birkett (vocals), Kevin Birkett (bass), Kevin Hunter (guitar), Martin Wilson (drums), unkown female (vocals), Barry Sage (engineer)

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