ARC, Vol. 1 is a collection of Elliott Sharp's early-'80s recordings with a variety of small groups (some including Bill Laswell, Bobby Previte, and Olu Dara). As such, it contains several of Sharp's rawest and most intriguing works; he experiments by bringing semi-awkward jazz and avant-garde ideas to the rock guitar, ending up with odd combinations of energy and intellectual insight which are usually difficult to reconcile.
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AllMusic Review by John Bush