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Mike Cooper
Distant Songs Of Madmen

Distant Songs of Madmen was recorded live in Palermo during a solo set by Mike Cooper. It's a mix of free improvisations on guitar with some digital trickery as well as some traditional folk covers and original songs. There is a wonderful feeling of traditional blues alongside a sense of unpredictable, electric experimentation.
  • Vinyl LP (BW24)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Mike Cooper
Tropical Gothic

Mike Cooper has been making his own special interpretations of ‘Tropical’ music for many years now, and this continues in style with new album Tropical Gothic. As you’d expect, this brings some darkness into the sound, reflecting on colonial influences. The music is wonderful, with guitars and field recordings all adding colour to Cooper’s vivid imagination.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP58)
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  • Last copy

Mike Cooper
Trout Steel

As well as his 'Places I Know' and 'The Machine Gun Co' finally being packaged together as a double LP, the wonderful Mike Cooper's 1970 opus 'Trout Steel' is also back on LP, a slightly countryish take on his singer-songwriter style with plenty of hard-attacked steel guitar wibble as well as glimmering passages of gently simmering avant-folk improvisation.
  • Vinyl LP (POB013LP)

Mike Cooper
Places I Know / The Machine Gun Co

We love Mike Cooper here at Norman, so it's great to see these classics from the vaults getting a long-overdue reissue - their first time back on vinyl since the '70s. This nimble-fingered avant-folk is rooted in blues and r'n'b with a much poppier singer-songwriter slant than his recent tropical-ambient steel guitar meanderings.
  • Vinyl Double LP (POB014LP)

Mike Cooper
Raft

Guitar lopsider Mike Cooper has been making some of the best improvisations of the last lifetime. At seventy-five years old he's still finding extraordinary new non-shapes to mould his lap steel into, here joining Lawrence English's room40 imprint for a record of discombobulated ambient music that strains and stutters but always sounds gorgeous. Inspired by Pacific music, this record sounds like the calm of a sea when living on its surface. 

Mike Cooper & Derek Hall
Out of The Shades

A proper rarity this one: Out Of The Shades was the first time Mike Cooper’s sound was ever put to tape, and one of just a few examples of him playing with folk guitarist Derek Hall. First released in 1965, this is the only reissue these 4 tracks have ever seen! 7” with accompanying notes, on Paradise Of Bachelors.
  • Vinyl 7" (POB025LP)
  • Limited edition
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  • Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper
Blue Guitar

Mike Cooper’s 2010 album Blue Guitar is named for a Wallace Stevens poem, and apparently has Cooper-made cut-ups of Thomas Pynchon texts at the core of its composition. Suitably, Cooper’s guitar and voice follow their own paths here, blending traditional and extended techniques into a rich song-soup. Reissued on vinyl, for the first time, by Idea Records.

Mike Cooper
Reluctant Swimmer / Virtual Surfer

A document of a live performance by Mike Cooper that was given in Rome back in 2003. The music was improvised, although Cooper finds himself wandering into two sung songs along the way (by Van Dyke Parks and Fred Neil respectively), one of them for the first time. Fantastic listenings to be had for fans of the lap steel / lap steel guitar. Reluctant Swimmer / Virtual Surfer is released by Discrepant.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP38)

Mike Cooper
New Kiribati

First released in 1999, here is the first installment in Mike Cooper’s intriguing journey away from songcraft and towards ‘Ambient Exotica Soundscapes’: intriguing and atmospheric little soundworlds made with… well, all sorts. This reissue on Discrepant is the first ever appearance on vinyl for these remarkable recordings, where they clearly belong.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP21)

Mike Cooper
Light On A Wall

Fancy something a bit different? Well you'd better be quick as there are only 100 copies of this! Light On The Wall is the new album from Mike Cooper. The songs were improvised by Cooper singing and playing electric lap steel guitar and he used the William Burroughs cut-up method to construct the lyrics from the Thomas Pynchon novels, Gravity’s Rainbow and V. It was recorded live on Radio Lebanon. Due to the improvised nature of the songs, there are other recorded versions that sound completely different. The album features one cover that was not improvised, Bob Dylan’s Masters Of War.
  • Vinyl LP (BW14)
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Mike Cooper
Fratello Mare

Mike Cooper’s new album Fratello Mare is a rare thing: not only a record produced by a man fifty years into this music game, but also one that is inventive, interesting and fresh. Nice one Mike. This Pacific-themed sonic journey centres around lap-steel, with an array of other flavoursome sounds (percussion, field recordings etc.) adding texture. On Room 40.

Mike Cooper & Chris Abrahams
Trace

This is the second album from experimental duo Mike Cooper and Chris Abrahams who first teamed up in Australia and released an album 'Oceanic Felling Like' in 2007 on Room40. They followed this up with a live album unleashed on a Turkish improv label.  Here, they explore a dusty slow burning take on plucked guitars and droning organ textures. Fans of Sun City Girls, Steve Gunn (who himself has collab'd with Mike Cooper) and the more fried end of Six Organs of Admittance should take a listen. Nice stuff. 
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Chris Abrahams/ Mike Cooper
Oceanic Feeling- Like


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  • Mike Cooper