Locus Solus (album)

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Locus Solus
Studio album by John Zorn
Released 1983 re-released 1990 and 1997
Recorded 1983
Genre avant-garde, jazz, classical
Length 68:37
Label Rift, Eva/Wave, Tzadik
Producer John Zorn
John Zorn chronology
Archery
(1982)
Locus Solus
(1983)
Yankees
(1983)
Original Rift Records Cover

Locus Solus is an album of improvisations by John Zorn and other musicians. Originally released as a double vinyl album on Rift records in 1983 it was re-released as a CD with additional tracks on Eva/Wave in 1990 and on Zorn's Tzadik Records label in 1997.[1]

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Joslyn Layne awarded the album 3 stars stating "This captures over an hour's worth of John Zorn's search for the improvised song form.... Overall, an album of short, angular, experimental energy tracks".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bass and the Treble" – 2:57
  2. "Acquisition and Control of Fire" – 1:33
  3. "Honey-Cab" – 2:33
  4. "Switch" – 2:15
  5. "Juan Takes It Out of His System" – 2:11
  6. "The Wish" – 2:02
  7. "A Case Arose" – 2:00
  8. "The Elf" – 1:41
  9. "Getting Curly" – 1:51
  10. "Don't Switch" – 1:50
  11. "Smooth Cheeks of a Big Ego" – 1:51
  12. "Add Water" – 2:15
  13. "Cold" – 1:31
  14. "Fraiar T." – 0:58
  15. "Too Me" – 2:16
  16. "You Rang?" – 1:17
  17. "Self-Satisfied" – 1:22
  18. "Agora" – 1:10
  19. "Dot, Dot, Dot" – 1:14
  20. "Moi Non Plus" – 1:43
  21. "Liver" – 1:49
  22. "The Footman's Eyes Get Crossed" – 1:04
  23. "Heike Cipher Mystery" – 1:47
  24. "Jedi Mind Trick" – 1:06
  25. "Mysterious Island" – 2:11
  26. "You Only Live Twice, Mr. Bond" – 1:59
  27. "When Arrows Meet" – 1:38
  28. "Never Say Never Again" – 1:45
  29. "Sign of the Four" – 2:13
  30. "Locus Solus, Pt. 1–2" – 2:11
  31. "Where Are My Victims?" – 2:06
  32. "Disco Volante" – 2:06
  33. "Kaiser in Borneo" – 1:48
  34. "The Saint" – 1:40
  35. "The Violent Death of Dutch Schultz" – 1:23
  36. "Thunderball" – 1:43
  37. "White Zombie" – 1:30
  38. "The Slaves of Vesuvius" – 2:05

Note: (16,18,20,22) are extra tracks not available on the LP pressing.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tzadik catalogue
  2. ^ a b Layne, J. Allmusic Review accessed July 22, 2011