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Branca: Symphony 1
Glenn Branca
Branca: Symphony 1
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Rock, Classical
 
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For Fans Of: Sonic Youth, Swans, Helmet, Rhys Chatham, Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, LaMonte Young, Noise Bands, Guitar Driven Heavy Metal. Recorded July 18 & 19, 1981 at The Performing Garage, NYC. Produced by ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Glenn Branca
Title: Branca: Symphony 1
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Roir Records
Release Date: 9/1/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Rock, Classical
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Experimental Music, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 053436824528

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For Fans Of: Sonic Youth, Swans, Helmet, Rhys Chatham, Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, LaMonte Young, Noise Bands, Guitar Driven Heavy Metal. Recorded July 18 & 19, 1981 at The Performing Garage, NYC. Produced by Lee Ranaldo.Digitally Remastered By Glenn Branca and Wharton Tiers June 1998!Performers: Glenn Branca (Soprano and steel-wire guitars) with:
Craig Bromberg:Tenor, soprano, bowed; Richard Edson :Trumpet and octave guitar; Dave Buk: Trumpet, baritone horn; Ned Sublette:Soprano, tenor and steel-wire guitars; Ann DeMarinis:Keyboard, percussion: Barbara Ess: Baritone and bass guitars, percussion; Robert Harrison: Soprano, tenor and bowed guitars; Thurston Moore: Tenor, soprano and bowed guitars; Lee Ranaldo: Soprano and steel-wire guitars; Wharton Tiers:Keyboard, soprano and steel-wire guitars /percussion; Gail Varchon:Keyboard; Fritz Van Orden: Tenor saxophone; Stephan Wischerth: Drums, percussion; Margot Zvaleko: French horn; David Rosenblum: Baritone and Steel-wire guitars
What the press had to say about Glenn Branca and "Symphony No. 1" released as a ROIR cassette in 1983:
"Symphony No. 1 is the acme of what recent New York art rockers have yet accomplished. This may be the loudest piece of music this writer has ever heard." John Rockwell, New York Times. July 19, 1981 "Imagine a lion roaring and put your head in its mouth. Then you might get close to the impact of Branca's music. All the flesh of pop music is hacked away, but the terrifying bones still remain." New Musical Express, UK, January 14, 1984"He succeeds in turning over the so-called evil sexual powers of rock music in its primitive state into a form of resistance." Kim Gordon, Art Forum, January 1983 "Awesome orchestral impact of Branca's massed minimalist heavy metal mantra." Michael Shore, SoHo News, August 8, 1981"Those who heard Symphony No. 1 in 1981 knew it left them all shook up. This recording shows there was method in the mayhem. Huge and brutal and utterly magnificent." Jon Pareles, New York Times, Liner Notes, 1983

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Great piece of music
tyler curtis | chicago, il | 11/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have no idea where some of the other people reviewing this album are on, especially the one that likes to go around giving instrumental bands 1-star reviews and praising Nickelback and Creed. With that being said, this CD is awesome! This is definetly at the top of Branca's list along with The Ascension and Lesson No.1. The sound on this CD is massive, I believe he had 16 musicians on this symphony. This is music for people with open-minds. Excellent."
Tim Tape | 02/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"the comments of the people before have been very disapointing and very ignorant. This peice is a masterwork of giagantic porportions very itricitly composed. The ignorant narrow-minded naysayers below me just dont understand anything that pushes the limits

This is a must have for anyone that isnt an ignorant narrow minded naysayer but even for them it is truely a must have"