Various Artists - I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age In America 1950-90

 (3 LP + Download Code + Book)


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ALTA 107
UPC: 826853010719

Vinyl Box Sets

No. of Discs: 3
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3 LP set features tip-on jackets in a custom slip case

20-page book and download card included

In-depth liner notes by Douglas Mcgowan with rare photos and album covers

Features unreleased tracks and others previously available only on cassette

Audio remastered from original sources at 24-bit/96 kHz, pressed at RTI

I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age In America, 1950-1990 is the first major anthology to survey the golden age of new age and reveal the unbelievable truth about the genre. Forget everything you know, or think you know, about new age, a genre that has become one of the defining musical-archaeological explorations of the past decade.

For new age, at its best, is a reverberation of psychedelic music, and great by any standard. This is analog, handmade music communicating soul and spirit, often done on limited means and without commercial potential, self-published and self-distributed. Before it became big business and devolved into the spaced out elevator music we know and loathe today, this was the real thing.

From mathematical musical algorithms to airport murder mysteries to Henry Mancini and Bugs Bunny, the connections to mainstream culture run in curious directions. (Did you know, for instance, that a track from the first modern private press new age album is featured on the Blade Runner soundtrack? It's called "Pompeii, 76 A.D.," and we've got it here.)

I Am The Center is a knowing, but never cynical overview that invites listeners at last to the mainspring of a misunderstood genre's greatest lights. Many of the biggest names are present — Iasos, inter-dimentional channeler of "paradise music"; Laraaji, discovered by Brian Eno playing for spare change in Washington Square Park; and the recently famous JD Emmanuel, icon to a new generation of drone, ambient, noise musicians. Call it what you will — before it was anything else, it was new age.


LP 1
The Struggle of The Magicians part three - Gurdjieff / de Hartmann
Pompeii 76 A.D. - Gail Laughton
Gongs In The Rain - Nesta Kerin Crain
Witch's Will - Wilburn Burchette
Iasos - Formentera Sunset Clouds
Seventh Chakra Keynote B (violet) - Steven Halpern

LP 2
Arabian Fantasy - Daniel Emmanuel
Awakening (excerpt) - Don Slepian
Unicorns In Paradise (excerpt) - Laraaji
Glide V - Peter Davison
Lifting Off - Joanna Brouk
As The Earth Kissed The Moon (excerpt) - Michael Stearns
Tien Fu: Heaven's Gate (excerpt) - Aeoliah

LP 3
Blue Spirals - Daniel Kobialka
Two Souls Dance - Larkin
Li Sun - Judith Tripp
Lunar Eclipse (excerpt) - Mark Banning
Waterfall Winds - Alice Damon

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