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Artist: GRAY
Title: Shades Of...
Format: LP
Label: Plush Safe
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
"Limited LP version, first released on CD in 2011. In downtown New York City, in 1979, painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and performance artist Michael Holman founded their industrial-sound band, Gray. Jean named the band after Grays Anatomy (the human anatomy textbook), an important reference source for his paintings and the perfect name to capture the haunting, machine-like ambient music the band wrote and performed. In the Whitney Museums catalog for Basquiats 1991 Retrospective, Robert Farris Thompson, professor of Anthropology at Yale, wrote this about Gray: "They worked the Mudd Club, CBGBs, and Hurrahs in New York, where Blondie and the Talking Heads were at that time emerging. They performed, in other words, at the epicenter of New Wave. Here they contended for space and recognition with a style that, in Basquiats own words, was incomplete, abrasive, and oddly beautiful." In an Interview magazine review (Jan. 1981) Glenn OBrien wrote: "Gray became an industrial sound effects band. They played on scaffolds ... Lately, theyve really developed their own groove... its sort of an easy listening bebop industrial sound effects lounge ensemble." Besides Basquiat and Holman, other members of the original group were Nicholas Taylor, Justin Thyme and Vincent Gallo. Just after Jean-Michel Basquiats passing in 1988, Holman, Taylor, Thyme and Gallo re-united as Gray and performed at Basquiats Memorial at St. Peters Lutheran Church in the Citicorp Building. In 1996, the making of the MiraMax feature production Basquiat brought Grays three original members (Holman, Taylor & Thyme) back together as they reenacted one of their legendary gigs at the Mudd Club with Tony Award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright playing Jean-Michel Basquiat. While reenacting their Mudd Club gig, the members of Gray realized that 1990s pop/ambient music sounded a lot like what Gray was doing in the past. Inspired by their own historic sound, the band decided to return to the studio to create and record new music. This "new" Gray sound evolved from industrial bebop to electronica with poetic vocals and groovy beats. Michael Holman and Nicholas Taylor have now reunited once again to produce the first Gray album ever, titled, Shades Of... on their own label, Plush Safe Records, that harkens back to Grays sonic roots -- industrial noise melded with electronic atmospheres. This multi-track compilation includes and involves sample tracks from Grays earliest recordings and performances, with samples of Basquiats music and voice. The other tracks range from Stockhausen-inspired fugues, to trip-hop lanced throw-downs. Holman & Taylor were fortunate to work with John Cales drummer Dean Anthony on this new music, as well as fabled Tubes drummer, Prairie Prince and downtown scenester/drummer, Lenny Ferraro. Shades Of... is not only a living piece of New York history, its also an audio interpretation of a journey to where Taylor & Holman see the future of music. #d edition of 1000, all copies signed by Michael Holman & Nick Taylor." - Plush Safe.

Artist: GRAY
Title: Shades Of...
Format: CD
Label: Plush Safe
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"In downtown New York City, in 1979, painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and performance artist Michael Holman founded their industrial-sound band, Gray. Jean named the band after Grays Anatomy, an important reference source for his paintings and the perfect name to capture the haunting, machine-like ambient music the band wrote and performed. In the Whitney Museums catalog for Basquiats 1991 Retrospective, Robert Farris Thompson, professor of Anthropology at Yale, wrote this about Gray: "They worked the Mudd Club, CBGBs, and Hurrahs in New York, where Blondie and the Talking Heads were at that time emerging. They performed, in other words, at the epicenter of New Wave. Here they contended for space and recognition with a style that, in Basquiats own words, was incomplete, abrasive, and oddly beautiful." In an Interview magazine review (Jan. 1981) Glenn OBrien wrote: "Gray became an industrial sound effects band. They played on scaffolds ... Lately, theyve really developed their own groove... its sort of an easy listening bebop industrial sound effects lounge ensemble." Besides Basquiat and Holman, other members of the original group were Nicholas Taylor, Justin Thyme and Vincent Gallo. Just after Jean-Michel Basquiats passing in 1988, Holman, Taylor, Thyme and Gallo re-united as Gray and performed at Basquiats Memorial at St. Peters Lutheran Church in the Citicorp Building. In 1996, the making of the MiraMax feature production Basquiat brought Grays three original members (Holman, Taylor & Thyme) back together as they reenacted one of their legendary gigs at the Mudd Club with Tony Award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright playing Jean-Michel Basquiat. While reenacting their Mudd Club gig, the members of Gray realized that 1990s pop/ambient music sounded a lot like what Gray was doing in the past. Inspired by their own historic sound, the band decided to return to the studio to create and record new music. This "new" Gray sound evolved from industrial bebop to electronica with poetic vocals and groovy beats. Michael Holman and Nicholas Taylor have now reunited once again to produce the first Gray album ever, titled, Shades Of... on their own label, Plush Safe Records, that harkens back to Grays sonic roots -- industrial noise melded with electronic atmospheres. This multi-track compilation includes and involves sample tracks from Grays earliest recordings and performances, with samples of Basquiats music and voice. Included is a solo performance by Basquiat (recorded by Justin Thyme) called "Suicide Hotline," where Basquiat, in 1980, called a suicide hotline, and in dramatic, and darkly teasing fashion, reads bits of his poetry to the hotline operator, never allowing the operator to know for sure if the "caller" is insane, suicidal, or simply toying with him. The effect of the piece is powerful and disturbing, yet poignant and moving in a way only Basquiat could produce. The other tracks range from Stockhausen-inspired fugues, to trip-hop lanced throw-downs. Holman & Taylor were fortunate to work with John Cales drummer Dean Anthony on this new music, as well as fabled Tubes drummer, Prairie Prince and downtown scenester/drummer, Lenny Ferraro. Shades Of... is not only a living piece of New York history, its also an audio interpretation of a journey to where Taylor & Holman see the future of music." -Plush Safe
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