World of Echo

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World of Echo
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Studio album by Arthur Russell
Released 1986 (1986)
Recorded 1984–1986
Genre Experimental, art pop[1]
Length 51:14
Label Upside (US)
Rough Trade (UK)
Producer Arthur Russell, Phill Niblock, Steve Cellum, Peter Zummo, Ernie Brooks
Arthur Russell chronology
Instrumentals, 1974 – Vol. 2
(1984)Instrumentals, 1974 – Vol. 21984
World of Echo
(1986)
Another Thought
(1994)Another Thought1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Dusted (positive)[3]
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10)[4]
Stylus (B+)[5]
2005 re-issue
2005 re-issue

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 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
  • Melissa Jones – Artwork
  • Steve Knutson – Reissue executive producer
  • Tom "Sisu" Lee – Reissue executive producer
  • Phill Niblock – Producer
  • Peter Zummo – Producer

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