CD 1984 [Hugh Hopper] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 347259),
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1984 [Hugh Hopper] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Miniluv
    2. Minipax 1
    3. Minipax 2
    4. Minitrue
    5. Miniplenty
    6. Minitrue (Reprise) - (reprise)
    7. Miniluv (Reprise) - (reprise)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 750104

  • Credits
    ProducerHugh Hopper
    EngineerGary Martin; Mike Dunne

    Personnel includes: Hugh Hopper (vocals, soprano saxophone, piano, Mellophone, bass, percussion, bells, loops); Pye Hastings (guitar); Gary Windo (tenor saxophone); Malcolm Griffiths (trombone); John Marshall (drums).
    Personnel: Hugh Hopper (saxophone, soprano saxophone, piano, keyboards, percussion, bells, loops); Pye Hastings (guitar); Gary Windo (bass clarinet, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Lol Coxhill (saxophone, soprano saxophone); Nick Evans, Malcolm Griffiths (trombone); John Marshall (drums, percussion).
    Liner Note Author: Hugh Hopper.
    Recording information: Advision Studios, London, England (07/1972/08/1972).
    Unknown Contributor Role: Hugh Hopper.
    Inspired by the atmosphere of George Orwell's novel and originally released in 1973, 1984 was bassist Hopper's first solo title. Hopper's work with Soft Machine had already revealed him as a strong and inventive writer. With his solo projects, Hopper was finally able to bring together his various musical interests--to stunning effect.
    1984 includes pieces constructed with tape loops. Hopper was exposed to this form of composition in the mid-'60s, via (Soft Machine alumnus) Daevid Allen's interest in Terry Riley. 1984 also features rhythmic riffs that recall James Brown, with saxophones and bass lines actually getting close to funky. Players on hand include the cream of the British avant-rock world at the time: drummer John Marshall (who replaced Robert Wyatt in Soft Machine), saxophonists Gary Windo and Lol Coxhill, guitarist Pye Hastings (Caravan), and trombonists Nick Evans and Malcolm Griffiths.

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