Arthur Russell - Love Is Overtaking Me

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Compiled from over eight hours of material, three years in the making, 'Love Is Overtaking Me' reaches back further to Russell‰۪s first compositions from the early '70s and spans forward to his very last recordings, made at home in 1991. Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear contributed mixing, restoration and editing to the album, whose tracks were selected by Audika‰۪s Steve Knutson, Ernie Brooks and Russell‰۪s companion, Tom Lee.

'Love Is Overtaking Me' comprises 21 demos and home recordings of unreleased pop, folk and country songs from his vast catalogue. While much critical and popular affection for Russell‰۪s music has come about well after his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, many fellow artists believed in his genius and were drawn to collaborate with him during his lifetime. The legendary producer John Hammond (Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen) recorded Russell on several occasions; a number of these recordings are finally heard on 'Love Is Overtaking Me'. So, too, are songs recorded with various incarnations of The Flying Hearts, a group formed by Russell and Brooks whose shifting lineup included, by turns, Jerry Harrison, Rhys Chatham, Jon Gibson, Peter Gordon and Peter Zummo as well as Larry Saltzman and David Van Tieghem. Several other Russell projects are represented on 'Love Is Overtaking Me', including The Sailboats, Turbo Sporty and Bright & Early.