Thursday, November 1, 2007

New Asia-Gates,LP,1982,UK

The person behind this album of disjointed sound scapes and abstract beats was Ian Little, better known for his production of Duran Duran's 3rd. album "7 & The Ragged Tiger". Ian started his career in music working for 3+ years at Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera's Gallery Studio and it was during this time that Gates was completed. Ian came up with the foundation of each track but then gave the assorted musicians involved freedom to come up with their own parts, which Ian then edited, treated and mixed to create the finished album. Not a commercial success, "Gates" was non the less well received within the media andLynden Barber did a full page article in Melody Maker on July 10th 1982 where he described the album as an "...imaginative combination of loose improvisation, spikily twisting themes, sound collage and drum machines...underpinned by the tension of modern industrialism"
...as reviewed by musiceel for Discogs

Gates is a passel of grating, noisy tracks from a recording project (not a band) led by Ian Little, a Phil Manzanera protégé who became a noted and successful producer. Other participants include Manzanera and former Hitmen Ben Watkins and Pete Glenister.

From Trouser Press

Imho a great LP ,with greater geusts,playing a mixture of experimental/minimal synth music with ethno and jazzy touches.At least, worth listening(though i believe this is a great masterwork that any "mutant" should include in his collection of obscurities)

get it here

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Cheers Mike

gleather69 said...

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Thanks!

permanent daydream said...

A truly obscure one this is on the Situation 2 label...I used to own it but could never make heads or tales of it.

Definitely a release of mention for anxious and information craved ears and eyes.

Experimental is the best way to put it...

(and thank you so much for blogging, yours is quite a treasure!)

Anonymous said...

I first hear New Asia on one of those Flexipop comps. and thought the song on the comp. was good.

I have to admit this is really interesting LP. I could not find a weak song on it. It's sort of like Ultravox but a little bit more experimental and with a little less bullshit.

does someone have the back cover art?

E.

Misongod said...

DATURA-MrUNTEL, please.
Greetings from Portugal
Dom

Anonymous said...

Man! I have a vinyl copy of this and have been searching for it in digital format for quite a while. Thanks very much! I bought it in a delete bin at a local record shop solely based on the cover art and was pleasantly surprised by the music - my taste exactly!

Anonymous said...

hey, i second the opinion of the people above...is there anyway where you upload this music w/o the use of rapidshare ...cause i dont have an account. Thanks anyhow

Knasterask said...

"The Time Has Come" is just Amazing!

Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks. I'd almost forgotten about this album. A couple of these tracks made frequent appearances on my college radio show back in the day. Favs for me remain tracks 1, 3 and 11. First picked this up becuase of the Ben Watkins contribution - and his slightly later album with Youth called The Empty Quarter ('84) - definately worth tracking down.

Anonymous said...

Great choice! My friend used to play this a year or so ago and then found me a copy a few months ago. It's one of those records you can pick up for under $5 that's totally worth it. Very much in that post-new-wave-synth-pomp world that the Associates and their like inhabit. I believe one of the tracks off this album was included on a volume of the excellent "New Wave Complex" CD-R series.

Turris1944 said...

Really a great album!

The men behind this blog should be elected as Masters of this World, IMHO!!!!

Vincenzo from Torre del greco

Anonymous said...

RE-UP ASAP

El Isabelino said...

any chance for a re-up? Thanks and saludos.