It’s easy to over-romanticize music history, especially when hotly-contested embellishments blur into established facts with the passing of time, but on this album Bob Blank’s studio sounds like a constantly fascinating, ever-evolving, pulsating hive of eclectic musical creativity. »
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rough trade exclusive with a bonus mix cd by bill brewster featuring sun ra, kid creole, james blood ulmer, archie bell, aural exciters, arthur russell etc. the first ever album retrospective of one of new york's most revered of all producers, bob blank, this album traces the history of his independent studio, blank tapes, one of the city's most important creative dens during the vibrant arts scene of the mid-'70s to mid-'80s. strut, in the label's first collaboration with bill brewster and frank broughton's dj history, celebrate blank's time at blank tapes with an exclusive compilation, covering the many facets of his work. we feature the very first track ever recorded at the studio, milton hamilton's 'crystalized', anthems including fonda rae's 'over like a fat rat' and lesser known blank classics from the vaults from debby blackwell and mikki. also included is lydia lunch, james blood ulmer, aural exciters, gladys knight etc.
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