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Material Seven Souls album cover
3.97 | 12 ratings | 1 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1989

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Ineffect (7:34)
2. Seven Souls (5:42)
3. Soul Killer (4:32)
4. The Western Lands (6:54)
5. Deliver (5:48)
6. Equation (5:06)
7. The End Of Words (5:06)

Total time 40:42

Bonus tracks on 1997 reissue:
8. The Western Lands (A Dangerous Road Mix) (8:35)
9. Seven Souls (Tim Simenon Mix) (7:10)
10. Soul Killer (Remote Control Mix) (8:17)

Line-up / Musicians

- Bill Laswell / 4-, 6- & 8-string basses, acoustic guitar, tapes, percussion

- William S. Burroughs / narration of passages from his novel The Western Lands (1987)
- Fahiem Dandan / voice (1)
- Foday Musa Suso / voice (5)
- Rammellzee / voice (6)
- Nicky Skopelitis / 6- & 12-string guitars, baglama, coral sitar, saz, Fairlight
- Simon Shaheen / violin
- L. Shankar / violin
- Jeff Bova / electronic keyboards
- Sly Dunbar / drums, Fairlight
- Ayb Dieng / percussion
- Jah Wobble / basss (8)
- Tetsu Inoue / electronics (8)
- DJ Spooky / noises (8)

Releases information

Artwork: Shinro Ohtake

LP Virgin ‎- 210 084 (1989, Europe)

CD Virgin ‎- 2-91360 (1989, US)
CD Triloka Records ‎- 314 534 905-2 (1997, US) With 3 bonus tracks, new cover

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MATERIAL Seven Souls ratings distribution

(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (25%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Warthur
4 stars Conceived as a conceptual tie-in to William Burroughs' novel The Western Lands - arguably his last major creative effort - Material's Seven Souls offers up avant-jazz dub interpretations of Middle Eastern music set against Burroughs reading extracts from the novel.

To use an appropriately Burroughs-esque metaphor, imagine listening to Peter Gabriel's Passion album - another fusion of traditional world music and modern electronics with mild prog sensibilities hailing from the same year - and feeling the first uneasy pangs of cold turkey coming on; that gets across the eerie tone of the album.

Play it on something with decent bass, because though Laswell acts as a multi-instrumentalist here (by now Material was just him and a constellation of guest musicians), he's a bassist at heart and if your setup obscures what he's doing with the bass, you'll miss half the action.

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