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2 reviews »It's been years since I've listened to anything by GASTR DEL SOL. The Chicago super group which comprises of David Grubbs, John McEntire (Tortoise) and Jim O'Rourke. 'Twenty Songs Less' was originally released way back in 1993 on Teen Beat. This reissue sees the tracks pressed onto clear vinyl without the sleeve artwork, instead it's on the centre labels. What you get here is a gentle acous ... »

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Twenty Songs Less by Gastr Del Sol
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6/10 Ant Staff review, 18 January 2007
It's been years since I've listened to anything by GASTR DEL SOL. The Chicago super group which comprises of David Grubbs, John McEntire (Tortoise) and Jim O'Rourke. 'Twenty Songs Less' was originally released way back in 1993 on Teen Beat. This reissue sees the tracks pressed onto clear vinyl without the sleeve artwork, instead it's on the centre labels. What you get here is a gentle acoustic guitar with subtle effects which at one point becomes smothered in a barrage of jazz drums for reasons beyond my comprehension. Lower in the mix are distant field recordings of children playing and some squeaks made by something squeaky. The flipside begins with a big avant garde jam type jazz noodle which becomes reduced to more acoustic guitar and what I suspect are spliced tape edits of the session which O'Rourke used to do very well back then. I always preferred Brise Glace to these though. They were wicked.

8/10 John Customer review,

i picked up the original of this 7' a couple of years back on a trip to the states for $3. along with tortoise's debut, this is one of the key documents in mapping the 90s nostalgia Table Of the Elements suggested would be soon/was underway with their re-issue of 'Harp Factory on Lake Street' - an admittedly superior session to this - but this came first and paved the way for their later experiments and sent jimmy o on his path of pop ascendancy.plus mcEntire's drumming on this is ACE.


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