BEYER, LOCKWOOD, OLIVEROS, SPIEGEL, ROBERTS, ANDERSON (Laurie), ANDERSON (Ruth): New Music for Elect
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A very welcome reissue of the long out of print and seminal ARCH LP featuring mainly mid '70s works by Johanna Beyer, Annea Lockwood, Pauline Oliveros, Laurie Spiegel, Megan Roberts, Ruth Anderson and Laurie Anderson - i.e. all women (although the original release didn't draw attention to the fact, the CD does). This is a classic, excellent, highly varied collection which is idiosyncratic, intense and surprising by turns - but then these works do date from the highly productive decade, from the late sixties to the mid seventies (except for one prescient Beyer piece written in 1938, and recorded in 1977 - itself an important historical document, and one of the only recordings available of work by this rarely heard but significant composer). Lockwood, Oliveros and Spiegel are represented by their best; Megan Roberts is a blast of fresh air. The Laurie Andersen pieces (there are two) are early and fresh. Every piece in this collection is a gem, and every piece is very different. Comes with very thorough and useful sleeve-notes. Altogether a fine release.