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Bob Blank - The Blank Generation Blank Tapes NYC 1975 - 1985

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Strut

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Strut's first collaboration with Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton’s DJ History celebrates Bob Blank’s time at Blank Tapes with an exclusive compilation, covering the many facets of the producer's work. They feature the very first track ever recorded at the studio, Milton Hamilton’s "Crystalized", anthems including Fonda Rae’s "Over Like A Fat Rat" and lesser known Blank classics from the vaults from Debby Blackwell and Mikki. The first ever album retrospective of one of New York’s most revered of all producers, Bob Blank, this album traces the history of his independent studio, Blank Tapes, one of the city’s most important creative dens during the vibrant arts scene of the mid-70s to mid-80s.

Blank started out in New York in 1973 as a guitarist before producing one of the first 12" disco records in 1975 – Jimmy Sabater’s "To Be With You". He opened his own Blank Tape studios a year later. He quickly became an essential port of call for New York’s diverse artistic community, honing the freeform, anarchic visions of August Darnell, Cristina and Lydia Lunch for ZE Records and, with producers Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael, helping to shape the sound of many disco classics. Musique, Inner Life, Instant Funk and Salsoul Orchestra all recorded classics at Blank Tapes. Arthur Russell also recorded much of his most celebrated disco-related output at the studios under pseudonyms Dinosaur L, Indian Ocean and Felix, as well as "Wax The Van" with Blank’s wife, Lola. Other regulars at Blank Tapes included Latin producer Tito Rodriguez, whose Charanga 76 and Eddie Palmieri recordings with Blank would receive Grammy nominations. Not only that, but jazz and blues heads like Sun Ra and James Blood Ulmer also passed through the Blank Tape mixing desk. An awesome compilation, and another essential from Strut.

TRACK LISTING

CD:
01. Debby Blackwell – Once You Got Me Going
02. Charanga 76 – Music Trance
03. Milton Hamilton - Crystalized
04. Sun Ra – Where Pathways Meet
05. The Necessaries – State Of Art
06. Lydia Lunch – A Cruise To The Moon
07. James Blood Ulmer - Jazz Is The Teacher, Funk Is The Preacher
08. Bumblebee Unlimited – I Got A Big Bee
09. Mikki – Itching For Love (M+M Mix)
10. Fonda Rae – Over Like A Fat Rat
11. Gladys Knight – It’s A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons Mix)
12. Lola – Wax The Van (Jon’s Dub)
13. Aural Exciters – Emile (Night Rate)

LP:
A1. Debby Blackwell – Once You Got Me Going
A2. Charanga 76 – Music Trance
A3. Milton Hamilton - Crystalized
A4. Lydia Lunch – A Cruise To The Moon
B1. The Necessaries – State Of Art
B2. James Blood Ulmer – Jazz Is The Teacher, Funk Is The Preacher
B3. Sun Ra – Where Pathways Meet (Unreleased Acetate Mix)
C1. Mikki – Itching For Love (M+M Mix / Unreleased John Morales Edit)
C2. Fonda Rae – Over Like A Fat Rat
C3. Gladys Knight – It’s A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons Mix)
D1. Exodus – Together Forever
D2. Lola – Wax The Van (Jon’s Dub)
D3. Aural Exciters – Emile (Night Rate)

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