Reed Streams. Terry RILEY.
Reed Streams.
Reed Streams.
Reed Streams.

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Reed Streams.

NY: Mass Art Inc., 1966. LP record (M-131) + signed holograph note. Sleeve design by Helen Burke.


The composer's debut album, pressed in an edition of 1000 copies, and an exemplar of mid-'60s Downtown music. It features 'Untitled Organ' and 'Dorian Reeds' (an early version of what would become 'Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band'), performed and recorded on November 4 and 5 1966 in Riley's home studio in the Lower East Side (the latter work was premiered in one of Riley's loft concerts soon afterwards).


In an interview with Mark Alburger conducted thirty years later, Riley stated: "My main drawback was that I didn't have any money and any equipment. I couldn't buy a keyboard; I couldn't buy a tape recorder. So somebody gave me an old harmonium that had a vacuum-cleaner engine in it, to drive it, to drive the air - it didn't have bellows, right? I made my first album on that harmonium… ['Reed Streams'] was on Mass Art - a little downtown company. But it was a visible company, because they were doing Andy Warhol stuff and pop art stuff and mostly plastic products like shopping bags that Andy Warhol had designed…They only did a couple of recordings - one with music of John Cage, which involved Max Neuhaus ['Fontana Mix-Feed']. I think there were three records put out all together" (the third LP was Allan Kaprow's 'How To Make a Happening').


Accompanied by a short handwritten note (30 words) from the composer, c. 1992, signed "Best wishes, Terry" (the record was sent by Riley to the recipient of the letter). Record label neatly stamped '© Terry Riley 1967'. Slight surface noise, o/w excellent in printed b/w jacket and outer clear plastic sleeve.

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