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5-8 Weeks
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Tamper
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CD

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PCD 23008 PCD 23008
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These 2 early O'Rourke albums, originally issued by the Australian label Extreme (and out of print for the past few years) have now been reissued as Japanese imports on P-Vine, with cute new packaging. Evidently so much cigarette smoke has clouded Jim's interior thought process that he has allowed these early works to regain public consumption potentiality (the series subtitle, "Jim O'Rourke Old Series" might indicate even more will be on the way). Notoriously dismissive of his own work in the past, it's a nice gesture to see these on the shelves again. Because pleasure is what it's all about (even cigarettes can evidently provide pleasure), and these discs deliver it in pure, billowing form. Tamper was O'Rourke's first solo CD release (following the long neglected LP-only The Ground Below Above Our Heads on Entenpfuhl), originally released by Extreme in 1991. It features three longish compositions for small chamber groupings: "Spirits Never Forgive" (Warren Fischer: violins; O'Rourke: cello, percussion, electronics); "He Felt The Patient Memory of a Reluctant Sea" (Ken Novotny: clarinets; O'Rourke: oboe, percussion); "Ascend Through Unspoken Shadow" (Jeff Cortazzo: bass trombones; Fischer: violins; Dave Klingelhoffer: cellos; Novotny: bass clarinets; Sue Wolf: cellos). Although scored for mostly acoustic instruments ("Ascend..." is scored for 8 bass clarinets, 8 bass trombones, 8 cellos and 4 violins for example), electronic ambiance bursts forth via the dense mixing. Retrospectively impressive.