AMM - The Crypt

Dense, epochal cloud of unknowing. Essential. 

"The only possibility is to surrender to the ebb and flow of the pervasive group sound, until, finally you are lost inside it, mesmerised by it. You notice that the detail in the music is fascinating, no less the overall shape of the performance, which remains just out of grasp, like a landscape too powerful to assimilate in its entirety." - Melody Maker 

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Christopher Hobbs & Eddie Prévost / percussion

Cornelius Cardew / piano, cello 

Lou Gare / saxophone, violin 

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Tracklisting: 

1. Like A Cloud Hanging In The Sky? - 45:21

2. Coffin Nor Shelf - 45:36

3. Neither Bill Nor Axe Would Shorten Its Existence - 18:08

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Recorded at the Crypt, Lancaster Road, London W11, 12th June 1968 by Bob Woolford. 

Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC 

Keith Rowe

Keith Rowe (born 16 March 1940 in Plymouth, England) is an English free improvisation tabletop guitarist and painter. Rowe is a founding member of both the influential AMM in the mid-1960s (though in 2004 he quit that group for the second time) and M.I.M.E.O. Having trained as a visual artist, Rowe's paintings have been featured on most of his own albums. After years of obscurity, Rowe has achieved a level of relative notoriety, and since the late 1990s has kept up a busy recording and touring schedule. He is seen as a godfather of EAI (electroacoustic improvisation), with many of his recent recordings having been released by Erstwhile Records.

Eddie Prévost

Eddie Prévost plays with immense fire, grace and invention. Founder of the essential AMM, collaborator of the greatest improvisers internationally, since the 60's he has kept a continuous contact with the scene and always manages to invent anew his contribution to "meta-music".

“Prévost's free drumming flows superbly making use of his formidable technique. It’s as though there has never been an Elvin Jones or Max Roach.” - Melody Maker

“Relentlessly innovative yet full of swing and fire.” – Morning Star

Lou Gare

Lou Gare is an English free-jazz saxophonist born in Rugby, Warwickshire, perhaps best known for his works with the improvised music ensemble AMM and playing with musicians such as Eddie Prévost, Mike Westbrook, Cornelius Cardew, Keith Rowe and Sam Richards. As a member of Synchronicity (Richards, David Stanley, Sarah Frances) from the 1990s through to 2002 he played throughout the Southwest and toured the Czech Republic.