Singer CD (1992)

Artist: Diamanda Galas

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Label Mute -- A.d.a. --
SKU 60247536
UPC 724596127827
UPC 14 00724596127827
Format CD
Release Date 4/7/1992
Author Diamanda Galas
Associated Artist/Work Galas, David
Artist Influence Cecil Taylor
Artist Influence Iannis Xenakis (Composer)
Artist Influence John Cage
Artist Influence Kurt Weill (Composer)
Artist Influence Mahalia Jackson
Artist Influence Maria Callas (Soprano Vocals)
Artist Influence Marlene Dietrich
Artist Influence Ornette Coleman
Artist Influence Patty Waters
Artist Influence Philip Glass
Artist Influence Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Artist Influence Yoko Ono
Artist Contemporary Einstrzende Neubauten
Artist Contemporary Exene Cervenka
Artist Contemporary Fad Gadget
Artist Contemporary Fatima Miranda
Artist Contemporary Glenn Branca
Artist Contemporary James Chance
Artist Contemporary Kate Bush
Artist Contemporary Laurie Anderson (Performance Artist)
Artist Contemporary Lou Reed
Artist Contemporary Lydia Lunch
Artist Contemporary Meredith Monk (Classical Composer)
Artist Contemporary Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Artist Contemporary Siouxsie and the Banshees
Artist Contemporary Sonic Youth
Artist Contemporary The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black
Artist Contemporary Thurston Moore
Artist Follower Bj?rk
Artist Follower Boredoms
Artist Follower Perfume Genius
Artist Follower PJ Harvey
Artist Follower Savina Yannatou
Artist Follower Tracy the Plastics
Technical Info
Engineer Eric Liljestrand
CatalogID 1278
Lable Name Mute
Released 04/07/1992
Original Release 1992
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 46m : 12s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724596127827
Album Notes and Credits
Solo performer: Diamanda Galas (vocals, Steinway piano, Hammond organ).
Producers: Eric Liljestrand, Diamanda Galas.
Recorded at Sorcerer Sound, New York.
On this well-chosen set, the avant-garde singer and performance artist Diamanda Galas turns her unique vocal talents to interpreting a variety of R&B, pop, and gospel classics, with only her self-accompaniment on piano as musical backing. Her version of Screaming Jay Hawkins's "I Put a Spell on You" takes the song into even spookier, more arcane territory, while her reading of "Gloomy Sunday," the dark ballad popularized by Billie Holiday, delivers the song's unremitting despondency with an almost supernatural intensity. Songs like Willie Dixon's "Insane Asylum," the classic spiritual "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?" and "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" are all ideal material for Galas's sonically adventurous voice, which alternately resembles an avenging angel, a screaming banshee from hell, and, on "Judgment Day," the album's astonishing finale, a demented opera diva.
Artist Overview
Singer/performance artist Diamanda Galas has one of the most alarming voices in music history. Galas's unique vocal abilities--which run the aural gamut from blood-curdling to beautiful--are the product of her studies in classical and avant-garde musical movements as well as traditional vocal forms such as the blues, throat singing, and ritual wails. In 1988, Galas completed a three-part performance/music piece about the AIDS epidemic entitled THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH. She continues to perform well into the 2000s, constantly challenging the limits of the human voice.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (6/25/92, p.44) - 3 Stars - Good - "...she summons up a sound that is stripped down and a fury that is razor sharp...Each song on THE SINGER is transformed into a howl, a shriek, a rant against life, death, nature, the history of music and the will of God..."
Q (5/92, p.74) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Galas has honed right down to a vocal and piano starkness for a set of blues and gospel classics interpreted in her own unparalelled manner...masterfully gloom laden..."
Disc 1
1 My Love Will Never Die
2 Reap What You Sow
3 Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?
4 Gloomy Sunday
5 Balm In Gilead / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
6 Insane Asylum
7 I Put A Spell On You
8 Let My People Go
9 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
10 Judgement Day

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