The John Lurie National Orchestra - The Invention Of Animals


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"The Invention of Animals ... hopefully will help get people talking again about a man (Lurie) who’s carved out one of the most unique American artistic careers of the past four decades." — Pitchfork, January 2014

Grammy-nominated musician and composer John Lurie first became known for his work in the late ’70s leading the band The Lounge Lizards, which went on to make music for 20 years. During this time, Lurie recorded 22 albums and composed scores for more than 20 movies.

The Invention of Animals opens with "Flutter," one of four National Orchestra performances culled from the soundtrack of Lurie's 1991 television series, "Fishing With John." Playing with Lurie on sax is Calvin Weston and Billy Martin on drums and percussion. Also drawn from that same soundtrack are "The Beast," "Little" and "Ignore The Giant." The additional studio recording included here is the title track to the only official John Lurie National Orchestra album Men With Sticks released in 1993. Rounding out the collection are two previously unreleased live recordings. "I Came To Visit Here For Awhile" was preserved at the Threadwaxing Space in New York City on May 7, 1993. The album's centerpiece and title track, "The Invention of Animals," running at 19-minutes-plus, was captured by highly regarded sound engineer Claudia Engelhart from a performance on February 12, 1994 in Thessaloniki, Greece.

John Lurie, soprano and alto saxophones,
Calvin Weston, drums
Billy Martin, percussion

Side 1
Men with Sticks (Noble Version)
I Came to Visit Here for a While
The Beast
Ignore the Giant

Side 2
The Invention of Animals

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