Killing Time (Massacre album)

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Killing Time
Massacre AlbumCover KillingTime.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1981
RecordedApril 1981 live at 24 rue Dunois, Paris, France; June 1981 at OAO studio, Brooklyn, New York City
GenreExperimental rock, no wave, math rock
Length45:43
LabelCelluloid
ProducerFred Frith
Massacre chronology
Killing Time
(1981)
Funny Valentine
(1998)

Killing Time is the debut album by American experimental rock band Massacre. It was released in September 1981, through record label Celluloid. It consists of a compilation of recordings made at Martin Bisi's OAO studio in Brooklyn, New York City in June 1981, and live recordings taken from their April 1981 Paris concerts. The group disbanded shortly after, eventually reforming in 1998 with Charles Hayward replacing Maher on drums and further recording three more albums. Killing Time was generally well received by critics.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
BBCFavorable[2]
DownBeat4.5/5 stars[3]
Dusted ReviewsFavorable[4]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[5]
Pitchfork8.2/10[6]

AllMusic called it "one of the most obscure and most wonderful" albums to come out of the early 1980s downtown avant-garde scene.[1] Pitchfork Media opined that it "belongs in a pretty select group of great, instrumental avant-rock albums".[6] A BBC review describe Massacre as "an unholy union of The Shadows, Captain Beefheart, Derek Bailey and Funkadelic", and called Killing Time "genius".[2]

Howard Mandel wrote in a review in DownBeat that on Killing Time Massacre show that they are as "aggressive" as their name, and "more purposeful" than their debut album's title.[3] He said they manage their "tight trio stop-times as though their foreboding sound was as natural as bebop".[3] Mandel concluded that Maher is "solid", Laswell "flexable and alert", and Frith "possessed by electric possibilities", and added that "[t]hey're convinced of what they're up to, and that certainty leaps from the grooves."[3]

In a review of the 2005 CD re-issue of the album in the music journal Notes, Rick Anderson said that "[the] music remains as fresh and exciting today as it was 25 years ago, and is a vital document of a wonderful and all-too-brief period in New York's musical history".[7]

FACT ranked it the 26th best album of the 1980s, calling it "a furiously addictive brand of semi-improvised, nitro-enhanced instrumental rock – a path Ruins and Battles would duly troop down decades later."[8]

Re-issue[edit]

Killing Time was re-issued on RecRec Music in 1993 with six extra tracks, and on Fred Records in 2005 with eight extra tracks, including a cover of "F.B.I." by The Shadows. The Fred re-issue is a re-mastered copy of the 1982 Japanese release on Recommended Records Japan. It also corrected the original LP's tracks so as to be heard as originally intended, namely "at the correct speed and pitch and without added reverb" which had been altered by a "meddling engineer".[2][7][9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Massacre, except as noted.

1981 LP release[edit]

Side one
No.TitleRecordedLength
1."Legs"OAO Studio, Brooklyn, New York City, June 19812:04
2."Aging with Dignity"OAO Studio, June 19813:06
3."Subway Heart"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, Paris, April 19812:45
4."Killing Time"OAO Studio, June 19812:54
5."Corridor"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19811:58
6."Lost Causes"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19813:15
7."Not the Person We Knew"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19813:17
Side two
No.TitleRecordedLength
1."Bones"OAO Studio, June 19811:41
2."Tourism"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19814:12
3."Surfing"OAO Studio, June 19811:15
4."As Is"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19818:06
5."After"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19815:01
6."Gate"OAO Studio, June 19812:38

1993 CD re-issue[edit]

No.TitleRecordedLength
1."You Said"Inroads, New York City, July 1981 *1:47
2."Legs"OAO Studio, June 19812:04
3."Aging with Dignity"OAO Studio, June 19813:02
4."Subway Heart"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19812:45
5."Killing Time"OAO Studio, June 19812:51
6."Corridor / Lost Causes / Not the Person We Knew"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19818:32
7."Know"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 1981 *2:16
8."Bones"OAO Studio, June 19811:39
9."Tourism"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19814:12
10."Surfing"OAO Studio, June 19811:13
11."As Is"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19818:06
12."After"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19815:02
13."Gate"OAO Studion, June 19812:41
14."Conversations with White Arc"Live at CBGB, New York City, April 1980 *1:15
15."Carrying"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 1981 *1:43
16."Bait"Inroads, July 1981 *2:02
17."3 O'Clock, June 21st, Get Down There and Do It"Stone Club, San Francisco, June 1981 *1:35

2005 CD re-issue[edit]

No.TitleRecordedLength
1."You Said"Inroads, July 1981 *1:47
2."Legs"OAO Studio, June 19812:04
3."Aging with Dignity"OAO Studio, June 19813:02
4."Subway Heart"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19812:45
5."Killing Time"OAO Studio, June 19812:51
6."Corridor / Lost Causes / Not the Person We Knew"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19818:32
7."Know"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 1981 *2:16
8."Bones"OAO Studio, June 19811:39
9."Tourism"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19814:12
10."Surfing"OAO Studio, June 19811:13
11."As Is"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19818:06
12."After"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 19815:02
13."Gate"OAO Studio, June 19812:41
14."Conversations with White Arc"Live at CBGB, April 1980 *1:15
15."Carrying"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 1981 *1:43
16."Bait"Inroads, July 1981 *2:02
17."Third Street"Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 1981 *4:21
18."3 O'Clock, June 21st, Get Down There and Do It"Stone Club, June 1981 *1:35
19."F.B.I." (Welsch, Marvin, Harris; arranged by Massacre)Live at 24 Rue Dunois, April 1981 *3:10
  • (*) denotes CD bonus tracks
  • "Conversations with White Arc" originally appeared on Fred Frith's solo album Speechless (1981)

Personnel[edit]

Massacre
Technical
  • Martin Bisiengineering (New York)
  • Jean-Marc Foussat – engineering (Paris)
  • Greg Curry – engineering (additional tape work)
  • Tina Curran – original LP cover photography
  • Thi-Linh Le – original LP cover photography and sleeve design
  • Jan Luss – original sleeve design

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Killing Time – Massacre : Songs, Reviews, Credits".
  2. ^ a b c Marsh, Peter (December 29, 2005). "BBC – Music – Review of Massacre – Killing Time". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Mandel, Howard (February 1984). "Waxing On Recondite Records". DownBeat. Vol. 51 no. 2. Maher Publications. pp. 36–38.
  4. ^ Medwin, Marc. "Killing Time". Dusted Reviews. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Massacre". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Leone, Dominique (April 3, 2006). "Massacre: Killing Time | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Anderson, Rick (July 1, 2006). "Massacre. (Killing Time) (Sound Recording Review)". Notes. Retrieved February 14, 2013.  – via Questia Online Library (subscription required)
  8. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s". Fact. June 24, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Killing Time (2005, Fred Records)

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