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Solo Guitar Volume 1
Artist
Derek Bailey
ReleaseProduct
Solo Guitar Volume 1
Label
Honest Jon's Records
Catalogue Number
HJRLP200
Release Date
December 2017

Recorded in 1971, Solo Guitar Volume 1 was Bailey’s first solo album. Its cover is an iconic montage of photos taken in the guitar shop where he worked. He and the photographer piled up the instruments whilst the proprietor was at lunch, with Bailey promptly sacked on his return.

The LP was issued in two versions over the years — Incus 2 and 2R — with different groupings of free improvisations paired with Bailey’s performances of notated pieces by his friends Misha Mengelberg, Gavin Bryars and Willem Breuker.

All this music is here, plus a superb solo performance at York University in 1972; a welcome shock at the end of an evening of notated music. It’s a striking demonstration of the way Bailey rewrote the language of the guitar with endless inventiveness, intelligence and wit.

  1. 1 Improvisation 4 Derek Bailey 2:00
  2. 2 Improvisation 5 Derek Bailey 2:00
  3. 3 Improvisation 6 Derek Bailey 2:00
  4. 4 Improvisation 7 Derek Bailey 2:00
  5. 5 Where Is The Police? Derek Bailey 2:00
  6. 6 Christiani Eddy Derek Bailey 2:00
  7. 7 The Squirrel And The Ricketty-Racketty Bridge Derek Bailey 2:00
  8. 8 Improvisation 3 Derek Bailey 2:00
  9. 9 Improvisation 8 Derek Bailey 2:00
  10. 10 Improvisation 9 Derek Bailey 1:58
  11. 11 Improvisation 10 Derek Bailey 2:00
  12. 12 Improvisation 11 Derek Bailey 2:00
  13. 13 Improvisation 12 Derek Bailey 2:00
  14. 14 Improvisation: York, 24.2.1972 Derek Bailey 2:00

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