One Down

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One Down
Studio album by Material
Released 1982 (1982)
Recorded O.A.O Studio, Brooklyn, New York and RPM Sound Studio, New York City
Genre No Wave, Funk
Label Elektra, 60206
Producer Material
Material chronology
Bustin' Out
One Down
Seven Souls
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

One Down is a 1982 album by the New York based No Wave music group Material, recorded by indie producer/engineer Martin Bisi in Brooklyn and musician/engineer Robert Musso in Manhattan. The album sees the band reduced to a duo of Michael Beinhorn and Bill Laswell, collaborating with different musicians and singers on each track.

"Let Me Have It All" is a cover from Sly and the Family Stone's 1973 album Fresh.

"Memories", which featured vocals by Whitney Houston (her first appearance on record as a lead vocalist on a pop album, prior to her own albums) and tenor sax by Archie Shepp, is a cover of a song written by Hugh Hopper, originally recorded by Soft Machine in 1967 prior to Hopper joining the band. Soft Machine's Robert Wyatt recorded a solo version, and another version appeared on Soft Machine founding member Daevid Allen's Banana Moon album. Recently (2008) it has been covered by The Mars Volta.

A dance mix by John Luongo of "I'm the One"/"Don't Lose Control" was released as a 12" single in 1982 (Celluloid/Elektra, 0-67970). Mixes of "Time Out" was released as a 12" single in 1983 (Elektra, 0-67916).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Take a Chance" (Bill Laswell, Michael Beinhorn) – 4:31
  2. "I'm the One" (Laswell, Beinhorn, R. Bernard Fowler) – 5:25
  3. "Time Out" (Laswell, Thi-Linh Le, Beinhorn) – 4:52
  4. "Let Me Have It All" (Sly Stewart) – 5:23
  5. "Come Down" (Laswell, Beinhorn, Fowler) – 4:43
  6. "Holding On" (Laswell, Beinhorn, Brian Eno) – 4:40
  7. "Memories" (Hugh Hopper) – 3:58
  8. "Don't Lose Control" (Laswell, Beinhorn) – 4:18

CD bonus track[edit]

  1. "Bustin' Out" (Laswell, Beinhorn, Fred Maher) – 8:03


  • Michael Beinhorn – Prophet-5, Oberheim OBXa, DSX sequencer, Roland TR-808 drum machine, Roland vocoder, tapes, percussion
  • Bill Laswell – Man Sting Ray bass, Fender Precision bass, effects
Additional personnel
  • Nona Hendryx – vocals ("Take a Chance", "Let Me Have It All", "Bustin' Out")
  • B.J. Nelson – vocals ("Take a Chance", "Let Me Have It All", "Holding On")
  • R. Bernard Fowler – vocals ("I'm the One", "Come Down")
  • Thi-Linh Le – voice ("Time Out")
  • Noris Night – voice ("Let Me Have It All")
  • Whitney Houston – vocals ("Memories")
  • Jean Karakos – voice ("Don't Lose Control")
  • Nile Rodgers – guitar ("I'm the One", "Come Down")
  • Fred Frith – guitar ("Time Out")
  • Nicky Skopelitis – guitar ("Holding On", "Don't Lose Control")
  • Ronnie Drayton – guitar ("Let Me Have It All", "Holding On", "Bustin' Out")
  • J.T. Lewis – drums ("Take a Chance", "Time Out", "Holding On")
  • Yogi Horton – drums ("Let Me Have It All", "Memories")
  • Tony Thompson – drums ("I'm the One", "Come Down", "Don't Lose Control")
  • Fred Maher – drums ("Bustin' Out")
  • Daniel Ponce – bongos ("I'm the One", "Don't Lose Control")
  • Nicky Marrero – percussion ("Take a Chance", "Time Out", "Holding On")
  • Oliver Lake – tenor and alto saxophone ("Come Down")
  • Archie Shepp – tenor saxophone ("Memories")
  • Raymond Jones – Yamaha CP-70 B electronic grand piano ("Memories")


  • Recorded at O.A.O Studio, Brooklyn, New York by Martin Bisi and at RPM Sound Studio, Manhattan, New York by Robert Musso. Produced by Material.

Release history[edit]

  • 1982 – Celluloid / Vogue (Fr.), CEL 541003 (LP)
  • 1982 – Elektra (USA), 60206 (LP)
  • 1982 – Celluloid, CELCD 5504 (CD)
  • 1983 – CBS / Sony (Jp.), 25 AP 2754 (LP)
  • 1992 – Metronome / Restless, 7 72654-2 (CD)
  • 1992 – Demon / MauMau, MauCD 624 (CD)
  • 1992 – Jimco, Jp., JICK 89047 (CD)
  • 1997 – Movie Play Gold, MPG 74047 (CD)
  • 2005 – Golden Stars, GSS 5406 (CD, Portugal, retitled CD 1)