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Artist: CONNORS, LOREN
Title: The Light of the Crescent Moon
Format: Lathe Cut 10" Box Set
Label: 5MA
Country: USA
Price: $65.00
"Packaging - Wooden box with screen printed artist name, with white artpaper obi strip surrounding box. Inside the box, there is the 10" clear lathe, housed in a natural linen hand stitched sleeve. Also included is an idividual photo print of Loren, a screen printed/letterpressed booklet, and a number of natural objects tied in ribbon... this is all wrapped up in a brown paper cover." -5MA. Numbered edition of 100. Recorded 2007.
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Artist: CONNORS, LOREN
Title: Hell! Hell! Hell! Hell! Hell!
Format: LP
Label: Enabling Works
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
Remastered LP reissue of 1996 CD released by The Lotus Sound.

Artist: CONNORS, LOREN
Title: Hells Kitchen Park
Format: LP
Label: Enabling Works
Country: Netherlands
Price: $25.00
"180 gram vinyl special. Hells Kitchen Park is the first of a selection of Loren Connors typical and truly addictive guitar suites from the 90s to be reissued on vinyl. With his initial imprint release in 1993 on Black Label, Loren introduced his first thematic effort that later would prove to have shaped the identity of his work as it is today. Loren started using the electric guitar in the late 80s, which enabled him to experiment with more sustain and subtlety. This resulted in recording shorter, more structured pieces as opposed to his earlier acoustic solo work of long, on-going improvisation. He put down chord material on the four-track tape recorder, a sequence, and then overdubbed leads onto it. Pieces were built up in this way, and subsequently, suites of pieces. The first album recorded in this fashion was In Pittsburgh, followed by Blues: The "Dark Paintings" of Mark Rothko, Fallen Son, Midnight, concluded by and partially compiled on Rooms. All were self-released on the St. Joan label in very limited numbers, during a very productive period from 1989 to 1990. With the exception of the occasional tracks on which Suzanne Langille sang, most were merely numbered and named "Blues," still leaving Lorens work strongly signatured only in sound. In 1993, a picture of a poverty scene from around the turn of the 20th-century led Loren to come up with his first theme-based suite, continuing his solo home-recordings, now most distinctive in both sound and image. Hells Kitchen Park radiates with inspiration. On this album, Loren introduces the contrast between tender, often anthem-like melodic lullabies, and haunting, thick distorted guitar crying, which causes great intensity. Suzanne Langilles occasional singing adds surprising diversity and warmth to the recording. It mingles so naturally that it sometimes is difficult to tell her voice from the guitar, as it seems to appear in tracks where it is not recorded. The tracks are strung together to build a composition as a whole, so it works as a composition itself rather than just a collection of pieces. The story the suite tells is of the poor circumstances the early 20th-century Irish-New York folk were living in, clustered in a neighborhood called Hells Kitchen. The theme first saw light on a 7" EP called Mother & Son, which was released in 1993 by Road Cone, shortly before the Hells Kitchen Park CD. The picture that inspired Loren to put the suite together is shown on the cover of the LP. Probably one of the best known, yet least-owned albums by Loren is now available again, on 180 gram quality vinyl with an insert." -Enabling Works
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Artist: CONNORS, LOREN
Title: Moonyean
Format: LP
Label: Enabling Works
Country: Netherlands
Price: $20.00
"180 gram vinyl special. This is the second of a selection of Loren Connors typical and truly addictive guitar suites from the 90s to be reissued on vinyl. In 1994, after the Hells Kitchen Park (EW 001LP) album and Mother & Son 7" EP had come out, a semi-sequel to the latter was released by Table of the Elements in the form of a 7" EP called The Five Points. The record told a short story of a New York City slum of that name, which counted the citys most mortalities in the year 1857, of which most were Irish children under six years of age. The EP featured one track that was given the ambiguous name "Moonyean." There was a movie from 1932 that was based on a theater play from 1919, in which the ghost of an Irish-American woman appeared in a garden. That ghost was Moonyean, and Loren named his next album after her. This suite of 13 individually untitled tracks was originally released on CD by Road Cone in 1994. For the re-release on 180 gram vinyl, the original artwork including Suzanne Langilles picture on the front cover has been upgraded, but the title is all that remains clear about the theme, still leaving its content up to ones imagination. Though ever-equipped with the same tools of his trade, Loren managed to come up with a different sound on every album. Moonyean for the most part is probably the most gentle of all, due to its source of inspiration. It carries a number of warm and fuzzy tracks in which notes just melt on the tongue. But the album also has the right dose of distorted experimental blues riffs, ever so intense. Loren may have found a new way to express himself through the different pick-up positions on his guitar as well as external effects, but his character guiding his soft artistic hands over the strings leaves the sound of one man and his guitar unequalled, as his state of mind decides the color of a recording. With the tape hiss, environmental sounds, acoustics, and Lorens occasional distant moaning, Moonyean is another beautiful piece of timeless and earthly sound art. For its completion, Suzanne Langille hums a few lines on one of the tracks, bringing in an element of peace -- perhaps playing the role of Moonyean. Even though it is not clear what Loren is saying exactly with the untitled tracks on the album, there is a certain pureness and truth in it." - Enabling Works.

Artist: CONNORS, LOREN
Title: Blues: The Dark Paintings of Mark Rothko
Format: LP
Label: Family Vineyard
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Blues: The Dark Paintings of Mark Rothko is one of Loren Connors most cherished and sought after albums. Originally released in a handmade edition of 200 or so copies on Connors own St. Joan imprint in January 1990 under the name Guitar Roberts -- Blues has been unavailable in any form until now.
At time of its release, Connors was still an inscrutable guitarist whose matchless and alien rendering of the blues was just gaining recognition despite more than a dozen solo and collaborative releases since 1978. Connors classic, song-based In Pittsburgh had only been available for three months when Blues welcomed the new decade with its reformation of the blues as minimalist lines and tone; a compound of influences spanning Louisiana guitarist Robert Pete Williams to painter Mark Rothko.
"Moving with the slow, stately weirdom we expect of Connors late 80s sound, the music is all shards, all pokes in the eye, as though Rothkos gray scale had exploded, sending shrapnelized paint rocketing through your brain," music historian Byron Coley writes in the liner notes of this reissue. "Just as Connors notes ricochet hauntedly through its recesses."
For this reissue, engineer Taylor Deupree restored the audio to Connors" specifications of how these seven instrumentals were intended to sound. Cover art is an untitled 1969 Rothko work -- a painting that influenced the album. The original LP jacket is replicated as a glossy inner sleeve. New liner notes by Coley chart Connors development and the influence Rothko had on him as a guitarist. Pressed on pristine 150-gram vinyl by Quality Record Pressing in an 800 edition; includes download coupon." - Family Vineyard.

Artist: CONNORS, LOREN
Title: The Curse of Midnight Mary
Format: LP
Label: Family Vineyard
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"In 1981 guitarist Loren Connors took his tape recorder to the graveyard where the legendary Midnight Marys grave lies in New Haven, Connecticut. The curse is: Anyone who gets caught in her graveyard past midnight will die the next day. But Connors, like a young fool, taped in that place, making this album. Lost and forgotten, a cassette of this music -- made at Evergreen Cemetery -- was found by chance in 2008. Recorded between Connors eight volume Unaccompanied Acoustic Guitar Improvisations LP series and the folk albums he would make with Tom Hanford and Kath Bloom, these nine pieces meld those distinct, haunting styles. Connors, singing in a trance like moan, reforms the Mississippi Delta blues on acoustic guitar with flashes of melodic hooks and a percussive guitar style that erupts into boogie-woogie riffs and other world spirituals. Its an album for followers of Connors spine tingling solo albums and his collaborations with Suzanne Langille or Jandek. Devotees of early 20th Century blues artists such as Blind Willie Johnson or Charley Patton will be equally enthralled. A rare and essential peak into the still mysterious early years of this American guitar master." -- Family Vineyard.
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Artist: CONNORS, LOREN
Title: The Departing Of A Dream
Format: LP
Label: Family Vineyard
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Vinyl reissue of master guitarist Loren Connors modern classic The Departing of a Dream -- the first of what would become a three volume series based loosely as tribute to Miles Davis "He Loved Him Madly." This album finds Connors exploring slowly churned darkened hues -- each collapsing onto themselves like echoes of Miles muted trumpet and Connors signature ghost melodies. Since the late 1970s, Connors use of haunted delta blues, minimalism and compositional underpinnings have become an avant-garde style synonymous to him. When The Departing of a Dream was released as a CD in 2002 it signaled a dramatic growth in Connors sound by combining electric, acoustic and bass guitar with the unsettling ménage of subtle percussion and ambient hiss. Remastered from the master tape this 180 gram LP extends the closing two part suite For NY 9/11/01 with a bonus track. Comes with download code." - Family Vineyard.

Artist: CONNORS, LOREN
Title: The Red Painting
Format: 7"
Label: Family Vineyard
Country: USA
Price: $6.00
"The Red Painting is the first release of piano music from iconic avant guitarist Loren Connors. One-sided red vinyl 7-inch inside a silkscreened sleeve. Numbered edition of 338 copies." - Family Vineyard.

Artist: CONNORS, LOREN
Title: Evangeline
Format: LP
Label: Recital
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Recital present the first-time vinyl issue of Loren Connorss Evangeline, originally released as a limited CD in 1998. Evangeline finds Connors working in a narrative structure. This album trails the story of Evangeline, the heroine of an epic-poem written in 1847. Lorens guitar tone follows the weary landscapes and mournful souls of the characters. Thematically, Evangeline falls in line with the other romantic Connors LPs Recital has published, Airs (2015) and Lullaby (2016), though with a defining arc in direction. Parallel guitar preludes begin this collection, leading to distant ballads in spheres of reverb. Suzanne Langille softly singing on the first track sets this album as a childs fable. As longing, clouded in dreams of loss and devotion. Includes an 8.5"x11" insert: a story written by Suzanne Langille based on the epic poem, Evangeline; Includes restored audio and new artwork by Loren Connors; Remastered for vinyl by Sean McCann; Edition of 500." - Recital.

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