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Material

One of the most high-profile projects of the endlessly prolific bassist and producer Bill Laswell, Material pioneered a groundbreaking fusion of jazz, funk, and punk that also incorporated elements of hip-hop and world music well before either's entrance into the mass cultural consciousness. Formed in 1979, the first Material lineup consisted of Laswell, multi-instrumentalist Michael Beinhorn, and drummer Fred Maher, all three staples of the downtown New York City underground music scene. The group, plus Kramer and a few others backed Gong's Daevid Allen during his New York visit, resulting in the album About Time by New York Gong. After Material's debut LP under their own name, Temporary Music, the group's ranks swelled to include figures ranging from Sonny Sharrock to Henry Threadgill to Fred Frith, additions which yielded 1981's superb Memory Serves. A guest list running the gamut from Nile Rodgers to a then-unknown Whitney Houston distinguished the avant funk of 1982's One Down, the final Material LP before a nearly decade-long hiatus; Laswell finally reassembled the troops in 1989 to record the atmospheric Seven Souls, which spotlighted the spoken word performances of the legendary William S. Burroughs. 1991's The Third Power brought the group back to its soulful roots, with guests including Herbie Hancock, Sly & Robbie, Maceo Parker, and the Jungle Brothers; after 1994's Hallucination Engine, another four-year hiatus preceded the release of the remix collection The Road to the Western Lands. Intonarumori followed in 1999. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Track List: The Road To The Western Lands

1. The Seven Souls (Feat. William S. Burroughs)

2. The Western Lands (Feat. William S. Burroughs)

3. The Western Lands (Feat. William S. Burroughs) (Alternate Version)

4. The Road To The Western Lands (Feat. William S. Burroughs)

5. Joan's Haunted Hints At The Gate To The Western Lands (Feat. William S. Burroughs)

6. Seven Souls (The Secret Name) (Feat. William S. Burroughs)

7. The Western Lands (Feat. William S. Burroughs) (A Dangerous Road Mix)

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Track List: The Third Power

1. Reality

2. Playin With Fire

3. Cosmic Slop

4. E Pluribus Unum

5. Drive By

6. Power Of Soul (Black Chant)

7. Mellow Mood

8. Glory

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Track List: One Down

1. Take A Chance (Feat. Bernard Fowler & Nile Rodgers)

2. I'm The One (Feat. Bernard Fowler & Nile Rodgers)

3. Time Out

4. Let Me Have It All (Feat. Noris Night)

5. Come Down (Feat. Bernard Fowler & Nile Rodgers)

6. Holding On (Feat. BJ Nelson)

7. Memories (Feat. Whitney Houston & Archie Shepp)

8. Don't Lose Control

9. Busting Out (Feat. Nona Hendryx)

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Track List: Everything I Want To Say

1. Life Vest

2. Born To Make A Sound

3. Tonight I'm Letting Go

4. Running Away

5. Bottles

6. Skin And Bone

7. Gasoline

8. The Great Unknown

9. Love Me Or Leave Me

10. Let Me In Again

11. Chances

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