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Arthur Russell – Instrumentals


Label: Rough trade – 0191402030716
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue
Released: May 13, 2022
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Classical
Style: Contemporary, Minimal, Experimental, Avantgarde, Modern Classical, Ambient


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Arthur Russell – Instrumentals

Before disco, and before the transcendent echoes, Arthur wanted to be a composer.

Traversing the popular and the serious, Arthur composed “Instrumentals” in 1974, inspired by the photography of his Buddhist teacher, Yuko Nonomura, as Arthur described, “I was awakened, or re-awakened to the bright-sound and magical qualities of the bubblegum and easy-listening currents in American popular music”.

Initially intended to be performed in one 48 hour cycle, “Instrumentals” was in fact only performed in excerpts a handful of times as a work in progress, captured in legendary live performances around New York City.  Americana touching on Copeland, Ives, and maybe even Brian Wilson, Pitchfork lauded “Instrumentals” Vol. 1 as a masterpiece and one of Arthur’s “greatest achievements”.


  1. “Instrumentals” Vol. 1
  2. “Instrumentals” Vol. 2
  3. Sketch For “The Face of Helen”
  4. Reach One


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