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Glenn Branca
Lesson No.1


  • Vinyl Double LP (SV039)
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Marion Brown
Three For Shepp

Alto-saxophonist, Marion Brown, made sure he was ready before releasing his debut album, Three For Shepp, in 1966. He’d been seen around with the likes of Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra and played on albums by John Coltrane and Archie Shepp. The album offers three original pieces and three of Archie Shepp’s tunes, meandering from quiet and soulful to manic and avant-garde.
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Alain Goraguer
La Planete Sauvage - Original Soundtrack

Long renowned as one of the most dazzling and original animated films to burst forth from the European quarter, Its soundtrack is actually as celebrated as the beloved film from 1973, Re-issued on wax by J Saul Kane's DC recordings around the Millennium and again a few years back, this is the latest definitive version from crate diggers extraordinaire Superior Viaduct. This OST is a wicked, groovesome soupçon of styles with the emphasis on funk, orchestral and astral tones to create a true 70's space-face classic. Sampled to hell for generations, make sure you bag this if you've not indulged previously. In this age of lavish soundtrack fetishism, there's a handful that truly ARE indispensible and work as well away from the movie as with it.
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Arnold Dreyblatt And The Orchestra Of Excited Strings
Propellers In Love

Arnold Dreyblatt was part of New York’s fertile 70’s minimalist scene, utilising just intonation and precise rhythmic structures to exploit remarkable overtones and resonances. 1986’s Propellers In Love, recorded with his Orchestra of Excited Strings, is a thick mass of transcendent sound, well worthy of rediscovery by minimalism fans. Reissued to vinyl by Superior Viaduct.

Richard Pinhas
Iceland

First time vinyl reissue of the first album by Richard Pinhas released after the end of Heldon. Alone he takes a more restrained approach than that of his band, with Iceland being a subtle journey reflecting the cold and awe of the country from which it takes its name. Also features 'Wintermusic' a 25 minute long bonus track from 1983 also released on vinyl for the first time.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SV053)
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William Hooker
... Is Eternal Life

Drummer, band leader, poet and composer, William Hooker’s 70+ album career all began with ….Is Eternal Life in the mid-’70s. Like many artists of the day, he was inspired to make his art - be it free jazz or poetry - by the political climate, social injustices and cultural inequality. ….Is Life Eternal strains with tension and explodes with fury.
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Steve Reich
Four Organs / Phase Patterns

Classic Steve Reich pieces presented in the form of classic 1971 recordings, reissued by Superior Viaduct. Both Four Organs and Phase Patterns utilise Reich’s patented phased repetition techniques, each performed by an ensemble including both Reich himself and fellow minimalist prince Philip Glass. CD reissue on Superior Viaduct.
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The Mekons
The Quality Of Mercy Is Not Strnen

Leeds art punk band, The Mekons, released their debut album, The Quality Of Mercy is not Strnen, in 1979. It was originally released on Virgin, but despite the major label backing, they had to borrow the gear needed to record it from fellow Leeds band, Gang Of Four. When you get this album home and look at the back cover, that is, in fact, a picture of Gang Of Four and not The Mekons. Those crazy cats!
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John Coltrane / Alice Coltrane
Cosmic Music

The first couple of spiritual jazz share the bandleader role here on Cosmic Music: two tracks are from John Coltrane’s final quintet, and two are from Alice Coltrane’s first bandleader session. With pedigree like that, and with  extra legends like Pharoah Sanders and Rasheid Ali on board, you know you are guaranteed some deep and fiery magic from this set. Cosmic Music is reissued by Superior Viaduct.
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This Kind Of Punishment
In The Same Room

I'd forgotten that This Kind of Punishment released and album after their classic A Beard of Bees. In The Same Room appeared in 1987, three years after A Beard of Bees and showed the band in a more straightforward zone at odds with A Beard of Bees more chamber folk type offerings. The brothers Jeffries are legends in the New Zealand scene and this is one of their most intense deep listening records.      

Kevin Harrison
Inscrutably Obvious

Early days DIY electronic music from 1981! Kevin Harrison released his one and only LP album in that year, and it’s been an underground find ever since then. Kevin is making songs here, but the restrictions of bedroom production and the bounties of a unique sensibility make these songs suitably somewhat weird. Grand. First time reissue, on Superior Viaduct.
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The Fall
The Rough Trade Singles

Superior Viaduct reissue a collection of seminal early singles from The Fall. All released in the first few years of the 1980s by Rough Trade, these eight studio originals and two live versions snapshot a band in their element. Mark E. Smith & co made so many essential pieces in their time, but even by The Fall’s standards the ten tunes here stand as some of the definitive band’s definitive work. Contains, among other things, ‘Totally Wired’.

Sun Ra and His Arkestra
Featuring Pharoah Sanders and Black Harold

This cracking 1964 live set from New York’s Judson Hall was released in 1976 and became one of the rarest El Saturn LPs. The 12-piece Arkestra features a young Pharoah Sanders sitting in on a for an absent John Gilmore, and flautist Black Harold shines on the vocalised solo The Voice of Pan. Overall the album captures Ra & co at a fertile transitional period and is strikingly varied, dynamic and vibrantly recorded. This new Superior Viaduct reissue restores the original cover art (unused on the ESP CD) and adds three tracks.
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Alice Coltrane
Universal Consciousness

Universal Consciousness, originally released on Impulse! Records in 1971, is finally back on vinyl. Reissued on CD in 2002, a 12” reissue was highly overdue. Sprawling with free jazz and transcendental improvisation, Alice Coltrane can be heard at her peak. Time to take the aural express back to the '70s again!
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Alvin Curran
Canti E Vedute Del Giardino Magnetico

San Fran imprint Superior Viaduct have got their grubby mitts on American-born minimalist composer and improviser Alvin Curran’s debut solo work Canti E Vedute Del Giardino Magnetico (‘Songs and Views of the Magnetic Garden’), first released in 1974. Blending field recordings with synths and numerous other instruments and objects, it’s a peaceful, charming and emotive work.

Phill Niblock
Niblock For Celli / Celli Plays Niblock

Reissue of an early work from the catalogue of Phill Niblock, originally released in 1984 and up till now not issued again since. Niblock For Celli / Cellie Plays Niblock features the classic Niblock drone method applied to Josephy Celli’s oboe and english horn, though the technology of the era means the two long tracks a little less dense: an interesting contrast with his present works. Reissued by Superior Viaduct.
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John Bender
Pop Surgery

Pop Surgery was the last album German eccentric John Bender recorded. It was originally released in 1982. He brought together tape experiments, drum machines and analogue sequencers to deconstruct the idea of the pop song - Pop Surgery perhaps containing his best attempts at doing so. Fans of Suicide, Throbbing Gristle circa 20 Jazz Funk Greats and the early strains of Cabaret Voltaire should check this out. Reissue LP on Superior Viaduct.
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Steve Reich
Drumming

What collection of the great works of Steve Reich would be complete without the mighty Drumming? The piece, scored for a percussion ensemble of marimbas, glockenspiels, tuned bongos etc., moves beautifully through an array of rhythms and counter-rhythms, following Reich’s simple-but-complex patterns. This classic 1987 recording has been remastered for this vinyl reissue on Pure Pleasure.

This Kind Of Punishment
This Kind Of Punishment

Following the demise of their previous band Nocturnal Projections, New Zealand brothers Peter and Graeme Jeffries began to deconstruct their post punk sound into something more pastoral and intimate. This became the handful of recordings they made as This Kind of Punishment. This is superb, intimate and thoughtful music with classical and baroque overtones.  

Franco Battiato
Clic

Franco Battiato’s 1974 album Clic is back in print thanks to the efforts of Superior Viaduct: check it out. Clic is a work for VCS3 synthesiser and piano, with some assistance from Gianni Mocchetti’s guitar and Gianfranco D’Adda’s percussion. Spacey, dramatic and explorative, including an amazing shortwave radio collage at the end of the record. LP reissue in a reproduction gatefold sleeve with booklet.

This Kind Of Punishment
A Beard Of Bees

New Zealand's finest gloom brothers, the Jefferies, worked their way around post-punk swirl in a variety of bands and had the pleasure of releasing it for classic labels like Xpressway and the esteemed Flying Nun. Their best project was This Kind of Punishment, where their more experimental inclinations came to life; A Beard of Bees was a record of strange movements tethered by their dirgy melodic inclinations.

Alice Coltrane
A Monastic Trio

Perhaps the most accomplished harpist ever, Alice Coltrane's jazz was unique, moulding together the traditional aspects of the genre with free new innovations and suspenseful, almost droning capabilities. A Monastic Trio is her first work as a band-leader and is a shimmering, patiently unfolding work.
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Suicide
First Rehearsal Tapes

Check out this chunk of alternative music history: Suicide’s first ever rehearsal, captured on tape in 1977 as Alan Vega and Martin Rev were just starting up their legendary dirty NYC synth-punk project. These formative recordings contain quite a lot of what was to come in embryonic form, so you really gotta hear it. Reissued to vinyl by Superior Viaduct.

Franco Battiato
Sulle Corde Di Aries

Exciting times: new reissues of essential rare LPs by Franco Battiato, the Italian electroacoustic composer with a trippy abstract experimental sonic approach that has trace elements of a pop mind hiding in their somewhere. Sulle Corde Di Aries is his 1973 album, and it explores some truly fantastic moods and sounds. Reissued to vinyl by Superior Viaduct.

Tony Conrad
Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain

Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain began with image before sound. Tony Conrad premiered this record way back in 1972 at The Kitchen in New York, and it was seen as a masterpiece of strings and drones that piled up together to create two hours of solid and genuine music. Available on Vinyl double LP and CD.

The Pin Group
Ambivalence

The Pin Group are an early classic example of New Zealand’s legendary Flying Nun label sound: underground DIY indie with bright pop melodies pushing through the guitar fuzz. Ambivalence was the first Pin Group record and one of the first Flying Nun releases, and the two track single is now being reissued by Superior Viaduct! Edition of 1000 7”s.
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The Pin Group
Coat

The Pin Group are an early classic example of New Zealand’s legendary Flying Nun label sound: underground DIY indie with pop melodies pushing through the guitar fuzz. The Coat 7”, released in 1981, is total post-punk power, and is now reissued by Superior Viaduct in a limited edition of 1000.
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Ennio Morricone
Un Uomo Da Rispettare

Still the reissuers keep digging, and still the vast soundtrack archives of Ennio Morricone keep providing high-grade goods. Un Uomo Da Rispettare, a 1972 crime flick starring Kirk Douglas, drifts into some real deep avant territory: eerie atmospheres and dissonant orchestrations, very nice indeed. Reissued by Superior Viaduct.
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Suicide
Alan Vega Martin Rev

The follow-up to Suicide's 1977's legendary eponymous trail blazer. 'Alan Vega Martin Rev' (named after the two members of Suicide, in case that isn't obvious) was originally released in 1980 and produced by Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. A lighter and fluffier animal than its predecessor, but still bearing a healthy kick of venom. Reissued on vinyl.

John Bender
Plaster Falling

Plaster Falling is an under-appreciated work of weirdo synth-song, produced by one John Bender back in 1981. The songs on this record feel isolated, built in a bedroom rather than a studio, according to Bender’s exact specifications. This is the first time that Plaster Falling has been reissued in its own right, and on translucent blue vinyl too! Limited edition of 1000 copies on Superior Viaduct.
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The Flesh Eaters
Forever Came Today

Forever Came Today was originally released in 1982, standing proud as The Flesh Eaters’ third album. Non-nonsense punky rock business with plenty of swagger and spit. Forever Came Today has never been reissued before, so this remastered vinyl pressing is cause to celebrate. On Superior Viaduct.

This Kind Of Punishment
Radio Silence

This Kind Of Punishment were a dusty gem of a band from the 1980’s New Zealand underground, and the title track of Radio Silence has just been dug up from the archives for its first ever release. Fuzzy-feeling, highly melodic but covered in lovely murk. Limited edition of 1000 translucent orange vinyl copies, on Superior Viaduct.
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Ornette Coleman
To Whom Who Keeps A Record

This is a rare slice of Ornette Coleman, a collection originally only released in Japan and made up of outtakes from the classics Change of the Century and This Is Our Music. Needless to say with that pedigree (and with the same astonishing band line-up, including Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell), this is premium jazz. First-time vinyl reissue!
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Areski / Brigitte Fontaine
Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme

Superior Viaduct dropping another vintage '70s reissue, this time Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme (I do not know this man). The 42 year old collaboration between Areski and Brigitte Fontaine represents the French avant-garde at its finest, using haunting vocal harmonies and sparse instrumentation to create a time and space machine into a strange fantasy world.
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Liquid Idiot / Idiot Orchestra
Liquid Idiot / Idiot Orchestra

Liquid Idiot and Idiot Orchestra were two bands that eventually became one as the seminal New York post-punk band Liquid Liquid. Neither band on this split LP ever locked into a groove like the band they became, it’s way more freeform, experimental and, well, odd. It was music played for the sheer enjoyment of the moment without thinking about whoever might buy it.
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The Flesh Eaters
Minute To Pray A Second To Die

Ye olde punk rock supergroup, here: the Flesh Eaters brings together John Doe and DJ Bonebrake -- respectively the vocalist and drummer for seminal punk band X, who were behind the classic 'Los Angeles' -- with Dave Alvin and Bill Bateman of the Blasters. And they've thrown in Steve Berlin of Los Lobos for good measure, becausewe all need a little sax in our life. These veterans give us their new (but defiantly old school) brand of spitting punk rock with 'Minute To Pray A Second To Die', falling somewhere between garage rock from back in the day and raw Iggy Pop punk. 
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