Bill Laswell

Hashisheen/City Of Light

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This double-CD package pairs together two of Bill Laswell's theme projects based around textual readings with exotic musical accompaniment. The first, City of Light, features Lori Carson reading through the texts of Hakim Bey as inspired by a book by Diana L. Eck, with sonic accompaniment by Coil, Trilok Gurtu, and Tetsu Inoue. Hashisheen centers around readings about Hassan I Sabbah, "the Old Man of the Mountain" who commandeered a band of mystic assassins during medieval times. The cast is more varied here, and includes readers like Nicole Blackman, Iggy Pop, William S. Burroughs, Anne Clark, Genesis P-Orridge, Patti Smith, Sussan Deyhim and others, with music by Techno Animal, Jah Wobble, Paul Schütze, Eyeless in Gaza, Nicky Skopelitis, Helios Creed, and Anton Fier, among others. Musically this is the more adventurous set, but it's the least satisfying. Both of these projects are bogged down in Near Eastern motifs, electronic and dub gobbledy-gook, and perceived textures, and both of them are lost hopelessly in the supposed profundity of their original texts. The bottom line is that this is for Laswell freaks only, and most of them have these anyway. This is simply a ploy to put two Sub Rosa titles back in print. These are two of Mr. Laswell's most forgettable projects.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
0:30
2 3:12
3 6:12
4 1:47
5 1:43
6
feat: Hakim Bey
1:50
7
0:20
8 0:57
9 2:52
10
feat: Ira Cohen
1:56
11 0:33
12 1:14
13
feat: Jah Wobble
5:09
14 3:03
15 3:41
16 0:47
17
2:41
18 0:52
19 0:52
20 5:00
21
feat: Hakim Bey
2:05
22
0:37

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
13:03
2 13:06
3 7:19
4
11:19
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