“Nothing Here Now But The Recordings” by William S. Burroughs - album review

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TJR says

Dais Records press-release for the 2015 re-issue:

In 1980, Genesis P-Orridge and Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson (then of Throbbing Gristle renown) travelled to New York City to meet up at the fortified apartment, known as The Bunker, of famed beat writer and cultural pioneer William S. Burroughs and his executor James Grauerholz to start the daunting task of compiling the experimental sounds works of Burroughs, which, up until that point, had never been heard. During those visits, Burroughs would play back his tape recorder experiments featuring his spoken word “cut-ups”, collaged field recordings from his travels and his flirtations with EVP recording techniques, pioneered by Latvian intellectual Konstantins Raudive. Throughout the next year, P-Orridge, Christopherson and Grauerholz would spent countless hours compiling various edits, each collection showcasing Burroughs sensitive ear and keen experimental prowess for audio anomaly within technical limitations.

By the time 1981 came through, Burroughs had relocated to Lawrence, KS in which to escape the violence and mania of New York City life. It is in Lawrence that P-Orridge and Christopherson put the finishing touches on the record that would be known as “Nothing Here Now but the Recordings”. The album would come out in the Spring of 1981 as the final release for the shuttering Industrial Records, brought about by the dissolution of Throbbing Gristle. The album remained out of print until 1998 when John Giorno and the Giorno Poetry Systems included the album on a multi-disc retrospective CD box set compiling the majority of Burroughs seminal recordings. Dais Records worked closely with the Estate of William S. Burroughs to finally reissue, for the first time since its original release in 1981, a proper album reissue of William S. Burroughs “Nothing Here Now but the Recordings” in its original vinyl format to celebrate the centennial anniversary of William S. Burroughs. Fully remastered from the original master tapes.

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A1 [00:24] 4.0.png William S. Burroughs - Captain Clark Welcomes You Aboard (William S. Burroughs) Avant-Garde
A2 [04:11] 3.2.png William S. Burroughs - The Saints Go Marching Through All The Popular Tunes (William S. Burroughs) Avant-Garde
A3 [01:58] 2.5.png William S. Burroughs - Summer Will (William S. Burroughs) Avant-Garde
A4 [01:13] 2.2.png William S. Burroughs - Outside The Pier Prowed Like Electric Turtles (William S. Burroughs) Avant-Garde
A5 [00:38] 3.6.png William S. Burroughs - The Total Taste Is Here - News Cut-Up (William S. Burroughs) Avant-Garde
A6 [00:24] 0.5.png William S. Burroughs - Choral Section, Backwards (William S. Burroughs) Avant-Garde
A7 [11:25] 4.7.png William S. Burroughs - We See The Future Through The Binoculars Of The People (William S. Burroughs) Avant-Garde
A8 [01:43] 3.0.png William S. Burroughs - Just Checking Your Summer Recordings (William S. Burroughs) Avant-Garde
B1 [01:56] 2.4.png William S. Burroughs - Creepy Letter - Cut-Up At The Beat Hotel In Paris (William S. Burroughs) Speech / Chat
B2 [01:00] 2.5.png William S. Burroughs - Inching - "Is This Machine Recording?" (William S. Burroughs) Avant-Garde
B3 [03:22] 4.0.png William S. Burroughs - Handkerchief Masks - News Cut-Up (William S. Burroughs) Avant-Garde
B4 [01:26] 2.6.png William S. Burroughs - Word Falling - Photo Falling (William S. Burroughs) Avant-Garde
B5 [01:01] 0.3.png William S. Burroughs - Throat Microphone Experiment (William S. Burroughs) Avant-Garde
B6 [01:09] 4.5.png William S. Burroughs - It’s About Time To Identify Oven Area (William S. Burroughs) Speech / Chat
B7 [12:13] 4.8.png William S. Burroughs - Last Words Of Hassan Sabbah (William S. Burroughs) Speech / Chat
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