[Tribute] – ‘Remembrance – A Life (1955-2019)’ (For Mark Hollis)


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As I said with ‘Elegy For Mark Hollis,’ nothing really sounds like the last three albums Mark Hollis made, which practically define sui generis.  And yet, some music feels like ‘Spirit of Eden‘ or shares some of the moving-stillness of ‘Mark Hollis‘.  Some music shares those records’ seemingly contradictory qualities: bracing intimacy, cinematic scale; breath-of-life freedom, immensely careful control; unknowable mystery and the quality of feeling like a personal memory.  It’s repeated that ‘Spirit of Eden,’ infamously received as a betrayal of their commercial success (and their eager record label), wouldn’t have been out of place a couple decades or so earlier.  That’s probably not literally true–timeless as they are, these albums would’ve been even more inconceivable in 1969.  But I think the idea is that records of similar artistic ambition could have had some ambition toward commercial success, too, in the late 60s or the early 70s.

This second tribute mix ‘Remembrance – A Life (1955-2019)‘ celebrates Mark Hollis through music from those heady days when the edges between rock, jazz, soul, singer-songwriter music, electronic experimentation, and minimalist compositional music were freely blurred.  The mix makes no claim to identifying “musical influences” on Talk Talk and Mark Hollis, though I imagine they probably were fans of plenty of it.  Rather, like with ‘Elegy,’ this is music that shares the spirit of Talk Talk’s and Mark Hollis’ great records, and perhaps that set the stage for what they would later bring to the world.  This is certainly music that influenced me–some works that prepared me for ‘Laughing Stock‘ and the rest; others that I discovered since I heard Mark Hollis’ records in my late teens, as I searched for more music that could cast the same spells.

This mix, like Mark Hollis’ music, is a journey.  It asks that you slow down, that you listen closer, that you maybe even close your eyes and let the sounds and the silences between them stand in for all your senses.  Like Hollis’ music, it’s neither “accessible” per se nor “challenging” in the sense of being an intellectual endeavor–it’s music I find to be balanced in calling to mind, body and heart.  I hope that those who love Mark Hollis’ work as I do will find beauty here.  These sounds are why I love music–why it sets me free.

Brilliant sky
Set the sails, our hearts are open
Don’t cry
I believe release is in your smile

The tide shall turn to shelter us from storm
The seas of charity shall overflow
And bathe us all

Walk on by
Make believe our exile’s chosen
I can see our freedom’s in your mind

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Various – ‘Remembrance – A Life (1955-2019)’

Part I

01 [0:00:00] Alice Coltrane – “Hare Krishna” (‘Universal Consciousness’ 1971)
02 [0:03:00] Terry Callier – “Dancing Girl” (‘What Color Is Love’ 1972)
03 [0:12:00] Leonard Cohen – “Avalanche” (‘Songs of Love and Hate’ 1971)
04 [0:17:00] Miles Davis – “Sanctuary” (‘Bitches Brew’ 1970)
05 [0:27:50] Terry Reid – “Milestones” (‘River’ 1973)
06 [0:33:40] Scott Walker – “It’s Raining Today” (‘Scott 3’ 1969)
07 [0:37:40] Nico – “You Forgot To Answer” (‘The End…’ 1974)
08 [0:42:35] Brother Ah – “The Sea” (‘The Sea’ 1978)
09 [0:48:20] Can – “Sing Swan Song” (‘Ege Bamyasi’ 1972)
10 [0:52:45] Van Morrison – “You Don’t Pull No Punches…” (‘Veedon Fleece’ 1974)
11 [1:01:30] Tim Buckley – “Cafe” (‘Blue Afternoon’ 1969)


Part II

12 [1:06:55] Big Star – “Kanga Roo” (‘Third’ 1975)
13 [1:10:40] Pharoah Sanders – “Astral Travelling” (‘Thembi’ 1971)
14 [1:16:25] Richard & Linda Thompson – “The Great Valerio” (‘I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight’ 1974)
15 [1:21:50] Judee Sill – “The Donor” (‘Heart Food’ 1973)
16 [1:29:20] Brian Eno – “French Catalogues” (‘Discreet Music’ 1975)
17 [1:34:30] Abercrombie-Hammer-DeJohnette – “Timeless” (‘Timeless’ 1975)
18 [1:45:50] John Martyn – “Go Down Easy” (‘Solid Air’ 1973)
19 [1:49:20] Beverly Glenn-Copeland – “Ghost House” (‘Beverly Glenn-Copeland’ 1970)
20 [1:56:40] Simon Jeffes – “Chartered Flight” (‘Music From the Penguin Cafe’ 1976)
21 [2:03:15] Nick Drake – “Saturday Sun” (‘Five Leaves Left’ 1969)
22 [2:07:20] Paul Bley – “Closer” (‘Open, To Love’ 1973)
[Total Time: 2:13:00]

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