Love of Life Orchestra

Love of Life Orchestra

by Peter Laurence GordonPeter Laurence Gordon


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The downtown New York avant-garde scene of the late 1970s was both incredibly fertile and startlingly expansive; there was groundbreaking music being made in virtually every subgenre of classical, pop, and jazz music, and in retrospect, an unusually high percentage of that music was both conceptually fascinating and aesthetically rewarding. Composer Peter Gordon was responsible for more than his share of it, both as leader of the Love of Life Orchestra and as sideman to such illustrious artists as Laurie Anderson, the Flying Lizards, and David Van Tieghem (who also served as a member of LOLO). This collection brings together eight of Gordon's more popular and influential recordings from that era, including "Beginning of the Heartbreak/Don't Don't" (immortalized for contemporary hipsters by LCD Soundsystem on their Fabriclive.36 compilation) and Gordon's take on the Stephen Foster song "Beautiful Dreamer," a deconstructive collaboration with Justine & the Victorian Punks. Gordon approached pop music conventions as a composer: he took disco beats and punchy horn parts and funk bass figures and notated them, creating music that tried to wed the structure and discipline of classical music with the excitement and accessibility of pop music. Inevitably, the results were mixed: at times (notably the rather saccharine "Roses on the Disco Floor" and the ultimately silly mangling of "Beautiful Dreamer") the music feels slightly strangled by its structural rigor, but at other times (like the rhythmically wacky "Iago's Escape" and the Material-flavored "That Hat") Gordon shows how much depth and musicality can be brought to pop music by someone with serious compositional chops. Appearances by Arto Lindsay and David Byrne add more period interest to the program, and anyone with fond memories of downtown music from this period will find plenty to enjoy here.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2010
Label: Dfa Records
UPC: 0829732222920
catalogNumber: 2229
Rank: 62262

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Laurence Gordon   Primary Artist
Arthur Russell   Vocals,Valve Clarinet
Ned Sublette   Guitar
David Byrne   Guitar
David Johansen   Harmonica,Vocals
Brian Lynch   Trumpet
Garrett List   Trombone
Arto Lindsay   Guitar
Robby Ameen   Percussion,Drums
Rebecca Armstrong   Vocals
Ernie Brooks   Bass
Shem Guibbory   Violin
Shelley Hirsch   Vocals
Iris Hiskey   Vocals
Dora Ohrenstein   Vocals
Lenny Pickett   Baritone Saxophone
Larry Saltzman   Guitar
David Van Tieghem   Percussion,Drums,electronic percussion
Rik Albani   Trumpet
Martha Mooke   Viola
Bill Ruyle   Percussion
Randy Gun   Guitar
Paul Nowinski   Bass

Technical Credits

Stephen Foster   Composer
Arthur Russell   Composer
Ned Sublette   Liner Notes
Peter Laurence Gordon   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Adaptation
David Stone   Engineer
Leanne Ungar   Engineer
Eric Liljestrand   Engineer
Keith Haring   Drawing
Kit Fitzgerald   Cover Art
Frank Eaton   Engineer
Ninni Pascale   Engineer
Mario Savastano   Engineer
Jonathan Galkin   Executive Producer
Rob Carmichael   Layout
Kurt Munkacsi   Producer,Engineer
Jon Martinez   Engineer
Colette Justine   Artwork
Eric Boucek   Engineer

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