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What can I possibly say about this bloody masterpiece? Without this fella we mightn't have had the likes of Sonic Youth, at least not in anything like the same form, since his wall-of-guitars approach and whirlwind-like sound was clearly such a huge influence on both Lee Ranaldo (who plays on The Ascension) and Thurston Moore (who also performed with him in the early days). Later on he'd apply the ...

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Ltd. white vinyl reissue on Fortissimo.

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USED Italian CD re-issue from '94 on New Tone Records, VG+/VG+.

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The Ascension by Glenn Branca
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9/10 Brett Staff review, 09 April 2010
What can I possibly say about this bloody masterpiece? Without this fella we mightn't have had the likes of Sonic Youth, at least not in anything like the same form, since his wall-of-guitars approach and whirlwind-like sound was clearly such a huge influence on both Lee Ranaldo (who plays on The Ascension) and Thurston Moore (who also performed with him in the early days). Later on he'd apply the massive sound of his wall-of-guitars sound to a kind of maximalist take on minimalist ideas but here there's still a recognisable 'rock group' feel to the thing with its bass and drums, as avant garde as it would've seemed at the time with its purely instrumental No Wave approach. If you've any sort of an ear for dissonant rock you need this in your life as it's such an important, game-changing record but apart from all that it's just immensely enjoyable to listen to and it's telling that I still go back to it regularly ten-odd years after buying it. Now those return trips will be all the sweeter because I'll be able to make them on a vessel of sexy white vinyl! Fanks Fortissimo, it's super appreciated.

10/10 H├ętore Customer review, 19th July 2010

Yeah, cool, but it´s a Digital Remastered Edition, something I didn´t suspect when I purchased it. The warmth of the original analog version has been lost, and that really sucks. I prefer originals, but when you speak about reissues, PLEASE, KEEP THE ORIGINAL AS IT WAS!.

After all, this is an extraordinary ocassion to get this fenomenal LP, pure avant-garde direct from the early eighties, New York´s dark, no wave. Now playing on my stereo, I love it as well as the first time.


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