Record Label: Soul Jazz
Soul Jazz Records is re-releasing their seminal retrospective on Arthur Russell who holds a unique place in the history of dance music. As an artist he had the admiration of everyone from Philip Glass to Todd Terry. As well as his solo work he also formed the seminal groups Dinosaur L and Loose Joints in the 1980s. With tracks such as "Go Bang" and "Is It All Over My Face?", Russell redefined dance music in the 1980s as both an intelligent and subversive form.
At the center of the New York dance scene in the 1980s, Russell was co-founder of Sleeping Bag Records along with Will Socolov. As well as releasing Russell's own material, Sleeping Bag would release seminal music from Mantronix, Larry Levan, Patrick Adams, EPMD, Joyce Sims and Todd Terry amongst others. As a regular visitor at David Mancuso's Loft, and Nicky Siano's Gallery nightclubs and even Studio 54, Russell immersed himself in the New York dance scene whilst continuing to create avant-garde experimental music. These two elements in his life and music make him truly unique. Larry Levan, Walter Gibbons and Francois Kervorkian all played pivotal roles as remixers of Russell's work and feature on many of the tracks featured here.
Arthur Russell died in 1992 from AIDS leaving behind an enormous body of work. This release features both the classic tracks of Arthur Russell such as "Go Bang," "Is It All Over My Face," "Wax The Van" etc alongside impossible-to-find collectors tracks such as "In The Light Of The Miracle" and the private-pressing only "Pop Your Funk." This is the first collected work of Arthur Russell, presented here as a super-loud triple-vinyl LP edition with detailed sleevenotes discussing the respected artist's rich life.
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