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323[1] is a digital reissue by Confront of '15 August 2001', originally released on a limited edition 8cm/3in CD in 2002 (cat. no. 323(1)).

N.B. the complete verison of the music excerpted here is available - in a more recent remastered version - on 'The Complete 15th August 2001' ( brucesfingers.bandcamp.com/album/the-complete-15th-august-2001 ).


released September 1, 2018

Derek Bailey: acoustic guitar
Simon H. Fell: double bass

2001 (21 mins.) digital album
© Confront 2018*

full track listing:
1. 15 August 2001 1 [9:24]
2. 15 August 2001 2 [11:57]

*special thanks to Mark Wastell for permitting us to offer this album for download

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“Fell and Bailey goad each other into some of the most impassioned playing I've heard from either artist. The opening is explosive, with sonic shards and fragments flying across the sound stage, the two instruments at times indistinguishable in the sound mass. The later part of the track yields some respite, with arco bass and gentle atonal guitar lines - 'insect music' maybe - but the overall tenor is muscular and intense. The antagonists show no signs of flagging in their search for new instrumental sonorities - at one point I could have sworn there was a dog yelping in there. The result could become quite a collector's item. Aesthetically, it's a delightfully minimal little product ... it might be a good idea to get yours soon.”
Andy Hamilton THE WIRE

a Wire record of the year 2002


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