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Calling Out of Context

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The Deer in the Forest, Pt. 1
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The Platform on the Ocean
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You and Me Both
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Calling Out of Context
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Arm Around You
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That's Us/Wild Combination
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Make 1, 2
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Hop on Down
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Get Around to It
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I Like You!
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You Can Make Me Feel Bad
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Calling All Kids
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 60:12

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There's A reason he was Lost to History.

grooveymood

Let's get something straight. A Cd or digital reissue is NOT a "Critical Resurrection" of an artist. There is always money to be made on anybody, especially the cherished obscure or the deceased. Arthur Russell is a TERRIBLE singer. He sings like a deaf person. Call it Ghostly if you wish. His beats are clunky, not well integrated and pretty undanceable. Compare his quirky dance or house experiments to any of his contemporaries in House, Disco, Freestyle or R&B - he doesn't hold a candle. What about the admiration for his mixing of genres that everyone seems so impressed with. It's all scattershot and reasonably awkward. There is no clear vision like the Talking Heads, just to name another genre hopping NY act of the same period. It doesn't even have the cache of someone who was at least FUN, like Klaus Nomi, just to name another deceased, NY, obscure artist whose fame has risen.

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Discover This!

Trrricky

Because he was a figure in the dowtown scene of 80's New York, was completely ahead of his time and tragically died of AIDS, I think of Arthur Russell as kind of a Keith Haring of music. Both found inspiration in EVERYTHING around them, mixing genres together in ways that hadn't been done before. Arthur Russell's an out and out genius. There's no way around it. It's singer/songwriter, it's electronic, it's contemporary classical/chamber, it's pop, it's disco. He's just so original, sincere and varied beyond all imagination. I don't even know where you start with him, but Arm Around You is maybe a good one. Arthur's music is about ten times better than so much indie stuff coming out right now and if he were alive, he'd be CRAZY famous right now. Tons of musicians are namechecking him right now. Get it.

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Like Another Thought, released ten years prior, Calling out of Context stitches together an hour’s worth of songs left behind by the late, increasingly known — and therefore unceasingly beloved — Arthur Russell. According to liner notes from Audika’s Steve Knutson, the content here pulls from a finished 1985 album that never made it past the test-pressing phase, along with an unfinished LP that was recorded and toyed with throughout the latter half of the ’80s and the dawn of the ’90s. Despite the multiple sources, the consistency of the tracks — which all carry a hazy, memories-of-events-that-never-happened feel — and the sympathetic sequencing make the disc seem more like a proper album than a vault-clearing compilation. If you’re familiar with the sound that Russell and his accomplices made on singles like “Let’s Go Swimming” and Indian Ocean’s “School Bell/Treehouse,” you’ll be familiar with the sound here. On these recordings, Russell (who plays cello, guitar, keyboards, and percussion) is joined primarily by Mustafa Ahmed and Peter Zummo, and the three of them produce an abstract cross between pop and R&B, constructed with drum machines and more organic instrumentation on top. None of these songs woo a crowd of dancers as so many of Russell’s short-lived aliases did before; instead, they’re more rooted in song-based pop. This goes for the structure of the tracks, and it also goes for the subject matter of the lyrics. One of the greatest joys of listening to these songs is the regular presence of Russell’s gentle, somewhat timid voice, which delivers one heartwarming line after another. If you’re thinking this might possibly resemble a shoestring-budget, avant-garde version of Jam & Lewis, you’re not too far off. With the many hats Russell wore, Calling out of Context should hammer home the fact that he was also a dynamite writer of heart-on-sleeve love songs — not just a formidable cellist and innovative disco producer. – Andy Kellman

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