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Live in Tokyo, 1985

by Blaine and Steven

Waltz 01:28
Fanfare 02:54
Piano nº1 02:34
The Ball 01:57
Egypt 04:25
The Fall 02:57
Music nº2 03:24
Basso Pomade 03:29
Volo Vivace 04:11


A fascinating insight into a very particular moment in the broader History of Tuxedomoon, this release documents a semi-impromptu set by Steven Brown and Blaine L. Reininger as they toured Japan as part of two distinct musical outfits.

Blaine’s and Steven’s ever shifting harmonic dynamics make for a surprising listen, particularly when compared with the officially released versions of most of these compositions (to be found on Steven’s first solo album, as well as Tuxedomoon’s Ghost Sonata, Half-Mute and No Tears EP). The occasional use of delay, vibrato and various effects adds unexpected layers to a repertoire that keeps being reinvented every time it is performed - and as such, is permanently reborn.

The recording includes a fair amount of tape hiss, minimised to a tolerable presence in the mastering process without sacrificing the frequencies - and most importantly, retaining the evocative mood it no doubt conveys. One could almost say that, once kept under check, the surface noise becomes an active element in the listening process, somehow signalling the 33 years that separate the event and its present release.

Heitor Alvelos, May 2018


released May 8, 2018

Recorded live at Sogetsu Hall, Tokyo
2 May 1985

Steven Brown
Blaine L. Reininger

Tape trading: Peter Principle

Mastered by Anselmo Canha, 2018

Project management, cover illustration and design by Heitor Alvelos


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An opportunity to explore in detail variations of the classics beyond their officially released versions: how they evolved, how they were interpreted at different times, how they made use of then-available technology… and then there’s the never-heard-before material. Selected according to sound quality and/or historical relevance, an ever-evolving audio-biographical puzzle spanning 40+ years. ... more

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