World of Echo

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World of Echo
ArthurRussellWordofEchoOriginalArt1886.jpg
Studio album by
Released1986 (1986)
Recorded1984–1986
Genre
Length51:14
LabelUpside (US)
Rough Trade (UK)
ProducerArthur Russell, Phill Niblock, Steve Cellum, Peter Zummo, Ernie Brooks
Arthur Russell chronology
Instrumentals, 1974 – Vol. 2
(1984)
World of Echo
(1986)
Another Thought
(1994)
2005 re-issue
World of Echo.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork8.4/10[4]
Stylus MagazineB+[5]

World of Echo is the only full length non-collaborative studio album recorded, released and compiled by Arthur Russell during his lifetime. It was released in 1986 on Upside Records in the United States and on Rough Trade Records in the United Kingdom. Departing from his dance music recordings of the time, it instead features Russell solo on cello with added electronics and production effects, including echo, reverb, and distortion.

Audika Records issued a remastered limited edition CD on 27 October 2004 which included bonus tracks and a DVD with footage by Phill Niblock. They subsequently issued another CD on 11 January 2005 and a double vinyl edition on 29 March 2005. Rough Trade also reissued the album on 9 January 2005.

In 2013, FACT Magazine ranked World of Echo the #1 album of the 1980s.[6]

In culture[edit]

In 2016, Kanye West incorporated a prominent sample from Russell's "Answers Me" in his track "30 Hours".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Arthur Russell.

  1. "Tone Bone Kone" – 1:05
  2. "Soon-to-Be Innocent Fun / Let's See" – 9:36
  3. "Answers Me" – 2:11
  4. "Being It" – 5:17
  5. "Place I Know / Kid Like You" – 3:28
  6. "She's the Star / I Take This Time" – 4:57
  7. "Tree House" – 2:15
  8. "See-Through" – 2:10
  9. "Hiding Your Present from You" – 4:17
  10. "Wax the Van" – 2:11
  11. "All-Boy All-Girl" – 3:44
  12. "Lucky Cloud" – 2:53
  13. "Tower of Meaning / Rabbit's Ear / Home Away from Home" – 4:38
  14. "Let's Go Swimming" – 2:42

The reissued copies included the following bonus tracks:

  1. "The Name of the Next Song" – 8:00
  2. "Happy Ending" – 4:23
  3. "Canvas Home" – 2:34
  4. "Our Last Night Together" – 3:27

Personnel[edit]

People involved in the making of this album include:[8]

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Arthur Russell – Producer, liner notes
  • Ernie Brooks – Producer
  • Steve Cellum – Producer
  • Ray Janos – Remastering
  • Janet Perr – Artwork
  • Steve Knutson – Reissue executive producer
  • Tom Lee – Reissue executive producer
  • Phill Niblock – Producer
  • Peter Zummo – Producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beks, Ash. "Arthur Russell, Kanye West and the Restless Creative Genius". Noisey. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  2. ^ Lawrence, Tim. "Liner Notes". Mixed With Love: The Walter Gibbons Salsoul Anthology. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  3. ^ Tyranny, "Blue" Gene. "World of Echo – Arthur Russell". AllMusic. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  4. ^ Macdonald, Cameron (December 15, 2004). "Arthur Russell: World of Echo". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  5. ^ Powell, Mike (January 11, 2005). "Arthur Russell – World of Echo – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  6. ^ FACT Magazine review
  7. ^ "Kanye West Shares New Song "30 Hours," Adds More Songs to New Album The Life of Pablo". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  8. ^ "World of Echo – Credits". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 12 May 2009.