Spillane (album)

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Studio album by John Zorn
Released 1987
Recorded June-August 1986, June & September 1987 at Radio City Studios, New York, NY; Russian Hill Recording, San Francisco, CA and Metal Box Studio, Tokyo, Japan
Genre Avant-garde
Length 54:01
Label Elektra Nonesuch
Producer John Zorn
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Spillane is an album by American composer and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist John Zorn, composed of three file-card pieces, as well as a work for voice, string quartet and turntables.

It is named after mystery writer Mickey Spillane, whose Mike Hammer novels provided the basis for the album's title track.

Zorn later released the composition Spillane on the compilation album Godard/Spillane (1999).


The Allmusic review by Stephen Cook awarded the album 4½ stars stating "Spillane is not only one of the highlights in Zorn's catalog, but also makes for a fine introduction to the composer's vast body of work".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Track listing & Personnel[edit]

1 - "Spillane" (25:12)

"Two-Lane Highway" (18:16)
2 - Preacher Man/White Line Fever/Nacogdoches Gumbo/East Texas Freezeout/San Angelo Release/Rollin' to Killeen/Blowout/Devil's Highway/Midnight Standoff/Marchin' for Abilene (13:30)
3 - Hico Killer/Long Mile to Houston (4:46)

4 - "Forbidden Fruit" (Variations for Voice, String Quartet and Turntables) (10:20)


  • Produced by John Zorn
  • Two-Lane Highway produced by John Zorn and David Breskin
  • Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig
  • Art direction and design: Carin Goldberg
  • Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz
  • Thanks to David Breskin, Yale Evelev, Peter Clancy, Jennifer Keats, David Bither, Bruce Iglauer, Hilton Weinberg, Andy Haas, Kondo Toshinori, Azuma Eiichi, The Shifting Foundation
  • Albert Collins appears courtesy of Alligator Records
  • On the cover: Shishido Joe in Kuchibue ga Nagareru Minato Machi, courtesy of Nikkatsu
  • Visit Hip's Road in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan


  1. ^ a b Cook, S. Allmusic Review accessed March 13, 2009.