The Road to the Western Lands

The Road to the Western Lands

by Material


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This generous remix album delivers five versions of "The Western Land" and two of the title tracks from Material's Seven Souls album, which was originally released on the Virgin label in 1989 and was reissued by Triloka in 1997. (Tracks one and seven are duplicated on the full album.) All of the remixes are radical departures from the album tracks on which they're based, and you might never guess that all the "Western Land" mixes are based on the same original version if it wasn't for the wisps of William Burroughs' laconic spoken-word vocals fluttering in and out of all of them. There are lots of big names here, including Talvin Singh (who weighs in with an attractively funky, if unexciting, selection), DJ Olive and DJ Soul Slinger (who gets more radical with the source material, messes around more with Burroughs' voice and creates extremely intricate rhythms, to compelling effect). Spring Heel Jack take a sort of ambient approach, with frankly boring results. But Bill Laswell's ten-minute excursion on "Seven Souls" is a revelation. Recommended with minor reservations.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/1998
Label: Triloka Records
UPC: 0731455802122
catalogNumber: 8021

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Material   Primary Artist
Bill Laswell   Bass,Guitar,Track Performer
William S. Burroughs   Narrator
Robert Musso   Bass,Keyboards,Turntables,Noise
Nicky Skopelitis   Vocals
Tetsu Inoue   Guitar
Spring Heel Jack   Track Performer
DJ Spooky   electronics
DJ Soul Slinger   Track Performer
DJ Olive   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bill Laswell   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Chris Flam   Engineer
Jah Wobble   Arranger,Producer
Robert Musso   Engineer
Tristin Norwell   Engineer
Talvin Singh   Remixing,Creation
Ashley Wales   Producer
John Coxon   Producer
Spring Heel Jack   Remixing
Russell Mills   Art Direction
DJ Soul Slinger   Producer,Remixing
James Grauerholz   Vocal Producer
DJ Olive   Engineer,Remixing
Alicia Renee   Arranger,Producer

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