Although he was classically trained, Arthur Russell was introduced to many via his more maverick approach to the genre of disco. Sadly, his pioneering work in the late '70s and on through the '80s, was only quietly acknowledged at the time; his long-term impact in the realm of music since his death in 1992 has only escalated. His innovative, left-field dance records flew way ahead of what people were used to hearing at the time, due in part to his involvement in New York's downtown avant-garde music scene. He scored several hits at clubs like The Paradise Garage (Larry Levan was a huge supporter) and his biggest tunes, 'Go Bang!' and 'Is It All Over My Face?' are worldwide hits and still played to this day.
His seminal work, the full length '24 / 24 Music' album, has now been expanded to a deluxe 4LP set in a hand silk-screened box. In addition to the music found on the original issue of the album, this collection includes rare 12' remixes and edits, such as the highly coveted Walter Gibbons mix of 'Go Bang!' and the infamously rare 'You Can't Hold Me Down' (Test Pressing Version). Records 3 and 4 round out the rest of Russell's audio credits with the Sleeping Bag label, with alias and collaborative tracks from Bonzo Goes To Washington, Felix, Sounds Of JHS 126 Brooklyn, and Indian Ocean. The four LPs are housed inside beautiful one-of-a-kind, hand-pulled screen-printed sleeves that tuck into the extra durable, matching screen printed box, in red and metallic silver ink. Also included is an over-sized, 20 page booklet featuring unreleased photos by Janette Beckman, text by Russell biographer Tim Lawrence, testimonials by some of the greats in the field, vintage artwork and other content. This limited edition set will only ever see a single production run.
All boxsets will be sent via a signed for courier service.