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AMOS AND SARA The Private World Of Amos

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オブスキュア・カセットリリース発掘、80s POST PUNK/DIYストレンジ・アヴァン・ポップ驚きの一枚。81年にカセットテープでのみリリースされていた「The Private World Of AMOS AND SARA」。MISSISSPI RECORDSと共同リリースもしていたスェーデンのSING A SONG FIGHTERからアナログ再発!

80年代初頭に〈IT'S WAR BOYS〉という自主インディーレーベルからリリースしていたAMOS AND SARAのカセットテープでリリースされえていたデビューアルバム。AMOSとSARAのシンガーコンビ、バックにはポリスを手がけた英国プロデューサーのナイジェル・グレイの弟で、エンジニアでもあるクリス・グレイも関連し、〈Recommended Records〉辺りとも繋がっていく人脈の人のようです。オールド・ジャズやジャグ、ポストパンク、ジャンクなLOW-FIロック、テープ・ループみたいなこともやっていてかなり謎のサウンド。これは面白いな!DANIEL JOHNSTONやレコメン系好き、DIY アヴァンポップの素晴らしきユニーク・サウンド。推薦! (サイトウ)

▼ Tracklisting

A1. Cruel Cocktails
A2. A Ballad Of Amos
A3. In A Hell-Bed
A4. "Just What Is Your Gripe."
A5. You'll Never Guess
A6. Totem Of 1,000 Dolls
A7. Green Is A Bad Colour
A8. The Tame One
B1. It Kinky
B2. Hi-Finance
B3. Syphillis Party
B4. The Harry & Flo Scene
B5. Say It With Strings
B6. Mudchuker Man
B7. Visiting Beast
B8. The Genderizer

Amos and Sara were one of the twentieth century’s greatest musical polymath duos, equally adept at composing, conducting, performing and theory. Their style was similarly varied, ranging from the dense expressionism of their early one-act operas, to the vast symphonies of their maturity. Like several important composers of the period, they were opponents of bourgeois culture, with a political commitment to making ‘useful’ music (Gebrauchmusik) that was direct in its appeal, and in which they succeeded with high creative intelligence. Their standing, as seminal figures of modern music, was partly undermined by their diversity, but their reputation never really declined, and has undergone a huge reappraisal in recent years.

Amos and Sara Sing The Private World of Amos (1981) represents what was, at the time, a distinct move back towards traditional melody, but which is contradicted by discomfiting messages to a nightmare world, and depictions of struggles of personal and political power. Its various presentational structures include laments, subjugations, and expressions of the peasant’s hatred of their lords, in the context of a sometimes overwhelming multiplicity of subject themes: moral negotiation, mistrust, social class, distress, comedy, wild adventure, chemical derangement, as well as anarchic joy, and love.

The work shows great technical expertise, but it is far from being a didactic display of classical orthodoxy, as everything here is subjugated to deeply felt personal expression. There are moments of sonorous beauty, but also atonal punctuations ? as well as contrapuntal moments ? all of which are radical departures from the orthodoxies of then traditional forms, such as punk.

The lucidity and rhythmic expression of this recording, and its remarkable themes, ensures ongoing recognition of this work as one of Amos and Sara’s
finest achievements.

Neal Brown (Tesco Bombers) - London, England. 2016

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