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ARTIST
TITLE
North America
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
RUNE 167CD RUNE 167CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
9/16/2002

"Formed in 1979, North America reissues their obscure 2nd album, which was recorded in 1984-85 and originally released only in Germany. North America is an unusual album in the band's oeuvre, as it's their one album that is the most obviously a product of the studio, and it's also their most overtly 'avant-progressive' release. Like all the band's work, it is a unique synthesis of gritty Southern r 'n' b, harmolodics, finger-popping grooves and the avant-garde. The band who perform on North America is pretty much an all-star ensemble of the emerging 'downtown' scene: Appearing as always are saxist/leader George Cartwright and cellist Tom Cora. Noted guitarist and composer Fred Frith appears in the role of bassist for the band. The guitarist is Mark Howell. Drum duties are split between Rick Brown and Pippin Barnett. In addition there is 30' of bonus live material included on North America, which features Cartwright, Cora, guitarist Nicky Skopelitis, drummer Anton Fier, and bassist Otto Williams."