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Jon Hassell

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Jon Hassell Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism album cover
3.34 | 10 ratings | 1 reviews | 40% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1983

Songs / Tracks Listing

A1 Empire I
A2 Empire II
A3 Empire III
A4 Empire IV
A5 Empire V
B1 Darbari Extension I
B2 Darbari Extension II

Line-up / Musicians

Sounds [Keyed Voices], Instruments - Jon Hassell

Releases information

LP: Editions EG EGED 31 (UK), Polydor 811 914-1 (France)

CD: Editions EG EEGCD 31 (US/UK)

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(10 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(40%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(20%)
Good, but non-essential (40%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars I'm grateful that Jon Hassell was added to this site. I've been a fan of his since his Eno collaborations.

This album is very much in the same style of the Fourth World series, with Hassell's computer treated trumpet playing over synth loops and Abdou Mboup's tuned drums. The whole album is at once eerie, disturbing, and strangely soothing. The treated sound on the trumpet is mostly a lush harmonized sound, that gives it a moaning quality, like a distant train. Much of the tape loops are sampled sounds from an old Hollywood orchestration.

Hassell's albums are a favorite of mine to play in the car, when driving late at night. Cool stuff.

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