Published Sep 22, 2011Twenty years after its initial vinyl release, the late Arthur Russell's avant-disco album 24 -> 24 Music is being reissued as a deluxe four-LP box set. Serving as the sole full-length platter recorded under the Dinosaur L banner, the record flung together a haphazard and challenging blend of punk, funk and, occasionally, operatic vocals.
The mega-set is being presented by the Traffic Entertainment Group, who were responsible for the album's 2007 reissue. Sleeping Bag Records originally delivered the disc in 1981.
Similar to the original pressing, which featured hand-screened jackets, the new box will feature a screen job on its outer casing. Inside you'll find four twelve-inches, liner notes from Russell biographer and author of the disco history Love Saves the Day, Tim Lawrence, and a number of unreleased photographs by Janette Beckman. You can watch a clip of the box being prepared down below.
A tracklisting has yet to be revealed, so it's unclear which extra tracks may be paired with the original album's six tunes. Produced and directed by Russell, the Dinosaur L LP had him singing and playing cello, with accompaniment from longtime collaborators and friends Peter Gordon (saxophone) and Peter Zummo (trombone).
The 24 -> 24 Music deluxe box is available October 25 from Traffic Entertainment Group/Sleeping Bag.
UPDATE: Well, how awesome is this: Arthur Russell will be treated to another reissue this fall. On September 27, Audika Records will reissue his classic 1986 single "Let's Go Swimming," which will be remastered and come out on limited twelve-inch vinyl, CD and digitally. The re-release will include three versions of "Let's Go Swimming": Arthur's own mixes of the "Gulf Stream Dub" and "Puppy Surf Dub," and the legendary Coastal Dub remixed by Walter Gibbons.
It also features the previously unreleased 11-minute epic "Make 1, 2 (Gem Spa Dub)." Over here, you can see the reissue's new artwork, which was done by Russell's longtime partner Tom Lee. There's also a new video for Walter Gibbons for "Let's Go Swimming" that you can see at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to FACT for the tip.