Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Michael Snow - The Last LP - 1986(87?)



"In 1987, Snow issued The Last LP (Art Metropole), which purported to be a documentary disc of the dying gasps of ethnic musical cultures from around the globe including Tibet, Syria, India, China Brazil, Finland and elsewhere, with more thousands of words of pseudo-scholarly supplementary notes, but was, in fact, a series of multi-tracked recordings of Snow himself, who gave the joke away only in a single column of text in the disc's gatefold jacket, printed backwards and readable in a mirror. One track, purported to be a document of a coming-of-age ritual from Niger, is a pastiche of Whitney Houston's song "How Will I Know."" -Wikipedia

Canadian artist/filmaker Michael Snow was originally a professional Jazz musician and has made many rare recordings and countless performances of experimental and conceptual music since the 1970s. Now 78 years old, Snow still periodically performs in the Toronto area with his avant/free jazz/noise band CCMC. Can there be any such thing, Snow once asked, as "fake music"?

This now rare and expensive album was re-issued on CD by Art Metropole in 1994 as "The Last LP CD".

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4 comments:

vespucci said...

Nice to see that one online! Is there any chance to add scans of the 'fake' linesnotes as they are essentially for the fun..??

vespucci said...

Ok, one can get liner notes and the scan of the front cover (taken from the original vinyl version) here from Massmirror

Grk! said...

Thanks very much for this! The link to the liner notes no longer works, tho'.

Term Papers said...

The Last LP Art Metropole, which purported to be a documentary disc of the dying gasps of ethnic musical cultures from around the globe including Tibet, Syria, India, China Brazil, Finland and elsewhere this is interesting documentary.