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Symphony No. 2 (The Peak of the Sacred)
[repress is CD-R media] 2015 repress. "Long-lost, early archival masterwork from 1982, recorded by Lee Ranaldo and previously unreleased on any format anywhere. Branca Ensemble performers for Symphony No. 2 include Ranaldo & Thurston Moore (SONIC YOUTH), and avant-percussionist Z'EV. Signature massive, otherworldly sounds were largely generated by Branca-designed, hand-built 'mallet guitars'- which resemble gigantic slide guitars (or even small pianos!). The booklet for one of Atavistic's best-selling titles ever also includes many superb photos from the event where the recordings were captured. Check into the dynamic guitar-based symphonies of one of the world's greatest living composers here- and you'll quickly hear the wellspring from which many great guitarists that followed once stopped and drank; other Branca recordings feature musicians who went on to form not only Sonic Youth, but HELMET & SWANS as well."