Arthur Russell - Iowa Dream

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EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY 17TH DECEMBER 2021 

 

Thanks to Arthur Russell’s partner Tom Lee, and to Steve Knutson of Audika Records, who, following his death in 1992 aged 40, have forged several records of unfinished and unreleased work from a vast archive, over the past three decades, the world has gradually come to hear the wide spectrum of Arthur Russell's incredible music: there’s the Iowa country-boy, the disco mystic, the singer-songwriter and composer, and the fierce perfectionist deep in a world of echo. While all of these elements of Russell are individually true, none alone define him. 

Released in 2019, after ten years of work inside the Russell library, Iowa Dream is yet another bright star in Russell’s dazzling constellation. Blazing with trademark feeling, these nineteen songs are a staggering collection of Russell’s utterly distinct songwriting. And although Russell could be inscrutably single-minded, he was never totally solitary. Collaborating here is a stacked roster of downtown New York musicians, including Ernie Brooks, Rhys Chatham, Henry Flynt, Jon Gibson, Peter Gordon, Steven Hall, Jackson Mac Low, Larry Saltzman, and David Van Tieghem. Musician Peter Broderick makes a contemporary addition to this list: more than forty years after Russell recorded several nearly finished songs, Broderick worked diligently with Audika to complete them, and performed audio restoration and additional mixing. 

Several of tracks on Iowa Dream Russell originally recorded as demos, in two early examples of his repeated brushes with potential popular success - first in 1974, with Paul Nelson of Mercury Records, and then in 1975, with the legendary John Hammond of Columbia Records. For different reasons, neither session amounted to a record deal.  

At once kaleidoscopic and intimate, Iowa Dream bears some of Russell’s most personal work, including several recently discovered folk songs he wrote during his time in Northern California in the early 1970s. For Russell, Iowa was never very far away. “I see, I see it all,” sings Russell on the title track: red houses, fields, the town mayor (his father) streaming by as he dream-bicycles through his hometown. Russell’s childhood home and family echo, too, through 'Just Regular People,' 'I Wish I Had a Brother,' 'Wonder Boy,' 'The Dogs Outside are Barking,' 'Sharper Eyes,' and “I Felt.' Meanwhile, songs like 'I Kissed the Girl From Outer Space,' 'I Still Love You,' 'List of Boys,' and 'Barefoot in New York' fizz with pop and dance grooves, gesturing at Russell’s devotion to New York’s avant-garde and disco scenes. Finally, the long-awaited 'You Did it Yourself,' until now heard only in a brief heart-stopping black-and-white clip in Matt Wolf’s documentary Wild Combination, awards us a new take with a driving funk rhythm and Russell’s extraordinary voice soaring at the height of its powers. On Iowa Dream, you can hear a country kid meeting the rest of the world - and with this record, the world continues to meet a totally singular artist. 

 

TRACKLIST: 
  1. Wonder Boy 
  2. I Never Get Lonesome 
  3. Everybody Everybody 
  4. You Did It Yourself 
  5. Come To Life 
  6. Iowa Dream 
  7. Words Of Love 
  8. I Still Love You 
  9. You Are My Love 
  10. Barefoot In New York 
  11. Just Regular People 
  12. I Wish I Had A Brother 
  13. I Felt 
  14. The Dogs Outside Are Barking 
  15. Sharper Eyes 
  16. Follow You 
  17. List Of Boys 
  18. I Kissed The Girl From Outer Space 
  19. In Love With You For The Last Time  

 

  • Double-LP housed in double-scored jacket with 6mm spine, and includes 4-panel 12" insert 

 

 

 

 

also available: 
Arthur Russell - Another Thought   2LP | CD 
Arthur Russell - World of Echo   2LP | CD 
Arthur Russell - Calling Out Of Context   2LP | CD 
Arthur Russell - Love Is Overtaking Me   2CD 
Arthur Russell - Corn   CD 

 

see also: 
Dinosaur L - Go Bang!   7" 
Dinosaur L - In The Corn Belt   7" 
Indian Ocean - School Bell/Treehouse   12" 

 

books about Arthur Russell: 
Tim Lawrence - Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene 1973-1992   paperback 

 

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