Arthur Russell

Iowa Dream

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Nineteen tracks of Russell’s most personal work. Featuring collaborations with a stacked roster of downtown New York musicians. More than forty years after Russell recorded several nearly finished songs, Broderick worked diligently with Audika to complete them, and performed audio restoration and additional mixing.

Over the past decade, the visionary musician Arthur Russell has entered something close to the mainstream. Sampled and referenced by contemporary musicians, his papers now open to visitors at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center in New York, and his name synonymous with a certain strain of tenderness, Russell is as widely known as he’s ever been.

Thanks to Russell’s partner Tom Lee and to Steve Knutson of Audika Records, who have forged several records from Russell’s vast archive of unfinished and unreleased work, the world now hears many versions of Arthur Russell. There’s the Iowa boy, the disco mystic, the singersongwriter and composer, and the fierce perfectionist deep in a world of echo. While all of these elements of Russell are individually true, none alone define him. Now, after ten years of work inside the Russell library, Lee and Knutson bring us Iowa Dream, yet another bright star in Russell’s dazzling constellation. Blazing with trademark feeling, these nineteen songs are a staggering collection of Russell’s utterly distinct songwriting.

And although Russell could be inscrutably single-minded, he was never totally solitary. Collaborating here is a stacked roster of downtown New York musicians, including Ernie Brooks, Rhys Chatham, Henry Flynt, Jon Gibson, Peter Gordon, Steven Hall, Jackson Mac Low, Larry Saltzman, and David Van Tieghem. Musician Peter Broderick makes a contemporary addition to this list: more than forty years after Russell recorded several nearly finished songs, Broderick worked diligently with Audika to complete them, and performed audio restoration and additional mixing.

TRACK LISTING

1. Wonder Boy 
2. I Never Get Lonesome 
3. Everybody Everybody 
4. You Did It Yourself 
5. Come To Life 
6. Iowa Dream 
7. Words Of Love 
8. I Still Love You 
9. You Are My Love 
10. Barefoot In New York 
11. Just Regular People 
12. I Wish I Had A Brother 
13. I Felt 
14. The Dogs Outside Are Barking 
15. Sharper Eyes 
16. Follow You 
17. List Of Boys 
18. I Kissed The Girl From Outer Space 
19. In Love With You For The Last Time

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