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Various Artists
The Complete Obscure Records Collection - 75/78
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December 1, 2023
  • Vinyl Boxset 10×LP

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    • 80-page LP size book
    • Curated by Gavin Bryars
    • Contains the entire 10 album output of Obscure
    • Majority out of print for years

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  • CD Boxset 10×CD

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    • 130-page booklet
    • Curated by Gavin Bryars
    • Contains the entire 10 album output of Obscure
    • Majority out of print for years, several having never received a CD reissue

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Press Release

Various Artists "The Complete Obscure Records Collection"

First-ever CD box-set and LP box-set gathering the entire 10 album collection of Obscure Records produced by Brian Eno's.

Curated by Gavin Bryars

Originally issued between 1975 and 1978, nearly 50 years on the output of Obscure remains radically forward-thinking - offering glimpses of a future yet to be fully seen - and amounts to one of the most important, influential, and creatively accomplished album series ever conceived.

Co-curated by Eno and the composers Gavin Bryars and Michael Nyman - issuing the recording debuts of Bryars, Nyman, John Adams, Christopher Hobbs, David Toop, Max Eastley, Jan Steele, Simon Jeffes / The Penguin Café Orchestra, and Harold Budd, in addition to important works by John Cage, Tom Phillips, and John White - Obscure's collective output is a groundbreaking landmark in the histories of Minimalism, modern composition, and Experimental music, and laid much of the groundwork for the soon to emerge movement of Ambient music.

Illuminating the remarkable, and largely otherwise undocumented, creative ferment within and between the British and American scenes of experimental music during the mid to late 1970s, this collection - made in full collaboration with all of the composers or their estates - contains the entire 10 album output of Obscure, the majority of which have been out of print for years, with a number having never received a CD reissue.

Offering each of Obscure's albums, completely remastered and housed in faithful replicas of their original covers and liner notes, as well as a 130-page booklet for CD-BOX SET and 80-page book (LP dimension) for LP-BOX SET, filled with rare photos, archival material and texts by - among others - Gavin Bryars, Bradford Bailey, David Toop, Max Eastley, Richard Bernas, and Tom Recchion, this historic collection marks the first time this seminal series has received a complete CD and LP repress.

Album list:

  1. LP1 Gavin Bryars - The Sinking of the Titanic
  2. LP2 Christopher Hobbs, John Adams, Gavin Bryars - Ensemble Pieces
  3. LP3 Brian Eno - Discreet Music
  4. LP4 David Toop, Max Eastley - New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments
  5. LP5 Jan Steele, John Cage - Voices and Instruments
  6. LP6 Michael Nyman - Decay Music
  7. LP7 The Penguin Café Orchestra - Music From the Penguin Café
  8. LP8 John White, Gavin Bryars - Machine Music
  9. LP9 Tom Phillips, Gavin Bryars, Fred Orton - Irma
  10. LP10 Harold Budd - The Pavilion of Dreams
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