Peter Gordon + Love Of Life Orchestra - Beginning Of The Heartbreak (Digital)
DFA Records presents Another Heartbreak--a three-song, two-sided single from Love of Life Orchestra, the forthcoming retrospective album by legendary NYC composer Peter Gordon.
Side one remixes "Another Heartbreak" and "Don't Don't Redux," two vintage cuts that made noise all over again in 2007 when LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Pat Mahoney used them to open and close the much-played dance compilation Fabriclive 36. The enthusiastic reaction spurred DFA to sign Gordon to release an album that showcases work better known to dance music insiders than to the general public.
"Another Heartbreak" is Gordon's own remix of his classic "Beginning of the Heartbreak." A key underground track from the downtown days, it first appeared on the 1979 Love of Life Orchestra EP Extended Niceties. Originally produced by Gordon and Kurt Munkacsi, it featured Orchestra co-founders Gordon and David van Tieghem along with David Byrne and Arto Lindsay. For this edit and remix, Gordon reinterpreted the lyrical and haunting sax lead and added a fresh perspective with new synthesizer parts. "Don't Don't Redux" is a reworking of "Don't Don't," also from Extended Niceties. Building on the sampled hook of the original "Don't Don't" featuring Rebecca Armstrong, Iris Hiskey and Dora Ohrenstein (singers of the Steve Reich and Philip Glass groups), this new version features a cast of Ned Sublette, Larry Saltzman, Martha Mooke, Paul Nowinski and the polyrhythmic powerhouse that is Robby Ameen.As a final touch, Gordon brought in horns worthy of the track: on trumpet, the ferocious Brian Lynch (bandleader and longtime featured soloist with Eddie Palmieri) and Saturday Night Live bandleader / sax master Lenny Pickett.
Side two, "That Hat," was recorded in 1984 as part of Gordon's award-winning score for the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane dance spectacle Secret Pastures, and has never been released on record until now. A songwriting collaboration by Gordon with the late Arthur Russell, it features Gordon on sax, Russell on voice and cello, New York Doll David Johansen in peak form as his vocal foil (and on harmonica), and Rebecca Armstrong, whose wordless soprano voice is as accurate as a keyboard. Also on board are Love of Life Orchestra regulars van Tieghem and Sublette.
- Another Heartbreak / Don't Don't (Redux)
- That Hat