On April 4th, many music blogs to remind the world of the great Arthur Russell, who sadly passed away on that day 20 years ago. Must’ve missed that, but then I don’t like to remember brilliant musicians by their deaths. So I’m taking the occasion of his 61st birthday to present you a song I’ve only discovered recently.
If I’m not mistaken, Kiss Me Again was Arthur’s first release ever. In fact, it was a collaboration with legendary Studio 54 disc jockey Nicky Siano. I ran across the record after seeing the first pressing on the Rush Hour newsletter – for 35 euros!
Fortunately, represses are available for more reasonable prices and I’m happy to have bought a copy. As you can hear there are two versions of the song, a disco version and another one with a more folky feeling. Each running for 13 minutes!