Russell Arthur: Iowa Dream


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Russell Arthur: Iowa Dream
Artist: Arthur Russell
Title: Iowa Dream

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The visionary musician Arthur Russell is as widely known as hes ever been. Thanks to Russells partner Tom Lee and to Steve Knutson of Audika Records who have forged several records from Russells vast archive of unreleased material the world now hears many versions of Arthur Russell. Theres the Iowa boy the disco mystic the singer-songwriter and composer and the fierce perfectionist deep in a world of echo. While all of these elements of Russell are individually true none alone define him.Iowa Dream is yet another bright star in Russells dazzling constellation. Blazing with trademark feeling these nineteen songs are a staggering collection of Russells utterly distinct songwriting. And although Arthur could be inscrutably single-minded he was never totally solitary. Collaborating here is a stacked roster of downtown New York musicians including Ernie Brooks Modern Lovers Rhys Chatham Henry Flynt Jon Gibson Peter Gordon David Van Tieghem and others. Musician Peter Broderick makes a contemporary addition to this list: more than forty years after Russell recorded several nearly finished songs Broderick worked diligently with Audika to complete them and provided audio restoration and additional mixing.Several tracks on Iowa Dream were originally recorded as demos in two early examples of his repeated brushes with potential popular success-first in 1974 with Paul Nelson of Mercury Records and then in 1975 with the legendary John Hammond of Columbia Records. For different reasons neither session amounted to a record deal.At once kaleidoscopic and intimate Iowa Dream bears some of Russells most personal work including several recently discovered folk songs he wrote during his time in Northern California in the early 1970s. For Russell Iowa was never very far away. Titles include Just Regular People I Wish I Had a Brother Wonder Boy The Dogs Outside are Barking Sharper Eyes I Felt I Kissed the Girl From Outer Space I Still Love You List of Boys Barefoot in New York and the much requested You Did it Yourself until now heard only in a brief heart-stopping black-and-white clip in Matt Wolfs documentary Wild Combination. On Iowa Dream you can hear a country kid meeting the rest of the world-and with this record the world continues to meet a totally singular artist.

1.1 Wonder Boy
1.2 I Never Get Lonesome
1.3 Everybody Everybody
1.4 You Did It Yourself
1.5 Come to Life
1.6 Iowa Dream
1.7 Words of Love
1.8 I Still Love You
1.9 You Are My Love
1.10 Barefoot in New York
1.11 Just Regular People
1.12 I Wish I Had a Brother
1.13 I Felt
1.14 The Dogs Outside Are Barking
1.15 Sharper Eyes
1.16 Follow You
1.17 List of Boys
1.18 I Kissed the Girl from Outer Space
1.19 In Love with You for the Last Time

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W 12.32
L 12.35

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