Arthur Russell - Iowa Dream
Nineteen tracks of Russell’s most personal work. Featuring collaborations with a stacked roster of downtown New York musicians. Over the past decade, the visionary musician Arthur Russell has entered something close to the mainstream. Sampled and referenced by contemporary musicians, his papers now open to visitors at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center in New York, and his name synonymous with a certain strain of tenderness, Russell is as widely known as he’s ever been. There’s the Iowa boy, the disco mystic, the singer-songwriter and composer, and the fierce perfectionist deep in a world of echo. While all of these elements of Russell are individually true, none alone define him.
Several tracks on Iowa Dream were originally recorded as demos, in two early examples of Russell’s repeated brushes with potential popular success—first in 1974, with Paul Nelson of Mercury Records, and then in 1975, with the legendary John Hammond of Columbia Records. For different reasons, neither session amounted to a record deal. Russell kept working nearly up until his death in 1992 from complications of HIV-AIDS.
Format / LP
Label / Rough Trade
Cat No / RT0264LP
Genre / Rock & Indie
Release date / 26 November 2021