Memory Serves

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Memory Serves
Memory Serves.jpg
Studio album by Material
Released 1981
Recorded OAO Studio, Brooklyn, New York
Genre Post-punk, post-disco, art rock, industrial, jazz fusion
Length 38:51
Label Celluloid Records, 529812
Producer Material with Martin Bisi
Material chronology
American Songs
(1981)American Songs1981
Memory Serves
Bustin' Out
(1981)Bustin' Out1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Memory Serves is a 1981 album by the New York based No Wave music group Material.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Memory Serves" (Bill Laswell, Michael Beinhorn) – 5:08
  2. "Disappearing" (Olu Dara, Sonny Sharrock, Laswell, Beinhorn, Fred Maher) – 7:11
  3. "Upriver" (Billy Bang, Laswell, Beinhorn, Maher) – 5:25
  4. "Metal Test" (Fred Frith, Laswell, Beinhorn, Maher) – 4:30
  5. "Conform To The Rhythm" (Laswell, Beinhorn, Frith) – 4:30
  6. "Unauthorized" (Sharrock, Laswell, Maher) – 3:50
  7. "Square Dance" (Frith, Laswell, Maher) – 4:29
  8. "Silent Land" (George Lewis, Laswell, Beinhorn) – 3:48
  9. "For A Few Dollars More" (E. Morricone) - 3:51 (7" edit, bonus track on CD release)


Additional personnel
  • Sonny Sharrock – guitar (except "Square Dance" and "Silent Land")
  • Fred Frith – guitar, violin, xylophone (1,4,5,7)
  • Olu Dara – cornet ("Disappearing", "Upriver")
  • Henry Threadgill – alto sax ("Disappearing", "Unauthorized", "Square Dance")
  • George Lewis – trombone ("Memory Serves", "Square Dance", "Silent Land")
  • Billy Bang – violin ("Upriver", "Unauthorized")
  • Charles K. Noyes – drums, percussion, bells ("Memory Serves", "Silent Land")


  • Recorded at OAO Studio, Brooklyn, New York. Produced by Material with Martin Bisi.


  1. ^ Memory Serves at AllMusic
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 132. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.