William S Burroughs – Nothing Here Now But the Recordings


LP, Industrial, 1981

An incredible selection of William Burroughs’ audio experiments, recorded on a variety of tape decks in London, Paris, New York and Tangiers, at various dates from the mid-50s to the late 1970s. This disc was compiled from hundreds of hours of such tapes by Genesis P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle, whose label issued this as their last ever release.

The disc was reissued as part of Giorno Poetry Systems’ 4CD box set of the Best of WSB at the turn of the century, but that is long out of print as well. There are rumours of another, vinyl-ony reissue due next year but we’ll see.

A1. “Captain Clark Welcomes You Aboard” (0:23)
A2. “The Saints Go Marching Through all the Popular Tunes” (4:11)
A3. “Summer Will” (1:59)
A4. “Outside the Pier Prowled Like Electric Turtles” (1:13)
A5. “The Total Taste is Here” – News Cut-Up (0:36)
A6. Choral Section, Backwards (1:55)
A7. “We See the Future Through the Binoculars of the People” (11:25)
A8. “Just Checking Your Summer Recordings” (1:40)
B1. Creepy Letter – Cut-Up at the Beat Hotel in Paris (1:56)
B2. Inching – “Is This Machine Recording?” (0:59)
B3. “Handkerchief Masks” – News Cut-Up (3:22)
B4. “Word Falling – Photo Falling” (1:00)
B5. Throat Microphone Experiment (1:07)
B6. “It’s About Time to Identify Oven Area” (2:10
B7. Last Words of Hassan Sabbah (3:17)

Note: Ripped as two, sidelong tracks. Feel free to separate them and repost.

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11 thoughts on “William S Burroughs – Nothing Here Now But the Recordings

  1. aorto says:

    Great, great find! Thanks for upping this.

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  3. Mat Smith says:

    Excellent to finally get to listen to this.

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  6. robin says:

    “Break Through In Grey Room” is the real companion piece to this. Brilliant work throughout. See also the 3 CD set “Real English Tea Made Here”.

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  8. Szwagier says:

    Nice one. Been looking for this for ages. Thanks.

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