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The Ascension


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Glenn Branca's first full-length album 'The Ascension' is a colossal achievement. After touring much of 1980 with an all-star band featuring four guitarists (Branca, fellow composers Ned Sublette and David Rosenbloom, and future Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo) along with Jeffrey Glenn on bass and Stephan Wischerth on drums, Branca took his war-torn group into a studio in Hell's Kitchen to record five incendiary compositions. Originally released in the summer of 1981, 'The Ascension' effectively tears down the genre-ghettos between 20th century avant-garde and ecstatic rock'n'roll.

With artist Robert Longo's stark front cover that depicts Branca battling an unidentified man, 'The Ascension' is a must-have record not only for fans of early Swans and Sonic Youth, but also of Steve Reich or Slint's 'Tweez'.

Approx. weight 320 gr / Sealed

Side A
1. Lesson No.2 LISTEN
2. The Spectacular Commodity
3. Structure LISTEN

Side B
1. Lightfield (In Consonance)
2. The Ascension

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