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LOCUS SOLUS

John Zorn

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2.13 | 10 ratings | 2 reviews | 10% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1983

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Bass and the Treble (2:57)
2. The Acquisition and Control of Fire (1:33)
3. Honey-cab (2:33)
4. Switch (2:15)
5. Juan Takes it Out of his System (2:11)
6. The Wish (2:02)
7. A Case Arose (2:00)
8. The Elf (1:41)
9. Getting Curly (1:51)
10. Don't Switch (1:50)
11. Smooth Cheeks of a Big Ego (1:51)
12. Add Water (2:15)
13. Cold (1:31)
14. Friar T. (0:58)
15. Too Me (2:16)
16. You Rang? (1:17)
17. Self-Satisfied (1:22)
18. Agora (1:10)
19. Dot, Dot, Dot (1:14)
20. Moi Non Plus (1:43)
21. Liver (1:49)
22. "The Footman's Eyes Get Crossed" (1:04)
23. Heike Cipher Mystery (1:47)
24. Jedi Mind Trick (1:06)
25. Mysterious Island (2:11)
James Bond Trilogy:
- 26. You Only Live Twice, Mr. Bond (1:59)
- 27. When Arrows Meet (1:38)
- 28. Never Say Never Again (1:45)
29. Sign of the Four (2:13)
30. Locus Solus (parts 1 & 2) (2:11)
31. Where Are My Victims? (2:06)
32. Disco Volante (2:06)
33. Kaiser in Borneo (1:48)
34. The Saint (1:40)
35. The Violent Death of Dutch Schultz (1:23)
36. Thunderball (1:43)
37. White Zombie (1:30)
38. The Slaves of Vesuvius (2:05)

Total Time: 68:39

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Line-up / Musicians

Tracks 1-8:
- Peter Blegvad / vocals
- Christian Marclay / phonograph and recycled records
- John Zorn / alto sax, soprano sax, clarinets, game calls
Tracks 9-22:
- Arto Lindsay / guitar, vocals
- Anton Fier / drums
- John Zorn / alto sax, soprano sax, clarinets, game calls
Tracks 23-30:
- Wayne Horvitz / organ, electronics
- Ikue Mori / drums
- John Zorn / alto sax, soprano sax, clarinets, game calls
Tracks 31-38:
- Whiz Kid / turntable
- M.E. Miller / drums, vocals, Linn drums, congas
- John Zorn: alto sax, soprano sax, clarinets, game calls, whistling

Releases information

2LP Rift (Rift 007), 1983
CD Eva/Wave (WWCX 2035), 1991
CD Tzadik (TZ 7303), 1995
CD Evva (evva 33003), 1995

Note: (16, 18, 20, 22) are extra tracks not available on the vinyl edition.

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2.13
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Review by Anthony H.
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2 stars John Zorn: Locus Solus [1983]

Rating: 3/10

Locus Solus is yet another cacophonous collection of improvisatory experimentation from Zorn's early days. As with many other albums from this period in his career, it's difficult to translate the music into linguistic descriptions. This isn't because the music is particularly powerful and transcendental; rather, it's because it is rather unmusical. Zorn has little concern for even the most basic of musical conventions. Instead, he produces insane improvisatory collections of noise that defy description. I'm not a particularly big fan of the albums he creates in this manner, and this one is no exception. However, Locus Solus hints at the maturity that Zorn would later develop as a musician, composer, and improviser.

If the first half was all I had to go on, this album would receive an automatic one-star. This section of the album consists almost entirely of quiet white noise with off-putting spoken-word narration - that's it. It's entirely useless. However, the second half brings a few somewhat interesting musical ideas to the table. Zorn's interest in hardcore music and grindcore begin to emerge here. This interest would later flourish with Naked City, but some prototypical examples of jazzcore can still be found on a few of these improvisations. For the most part, though, this is an underdeveloped and generally uninteresting avant-garde album. Everything here would be done infinitely better later. Locus Solus isn't totally wretched, but it's undoubtedly skippable.

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2 stars Review n 205 John Zorn - Locus Solus Rock? Maybe. But totally in opposition. (A briefly feeling after looking at an abstract painting). Locus Solus is a nice example of Zorn's early musical anarchy. Scratching sounds, Saxophone distinctive noises, random tribal drums, non-musical structu ... (read more)

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