Jon Hassell: Actual Musics (Live 1981-2006)

I discovered Jon Hassell’s music in the Fall of 1983, soon after I arrived in Ann Arbor for college. Schoolkids Records had all the EG label “ambient” albums in their cut-out bin for three or four bucks each. In addition to finding out what Eno and Fripp were doing outside of rock and roll, I heard Harold Budd and Jon Hassell for the first time. 

This short mix draws from several of the live Hassell bootlegs I happen to have. It’s my audio argument in support of an expansive, official, live release program.

You can support that goal by contributing to this official fund dedicated to preserving and releasing Jon Hassell's archives. I hope you'll donate, if you enjoy this sampler of unreleased music.

I started with the intention of including one excerpt from every tape I had, but I ended up pruning and adding tracks in pursuit of a more aesthetically satisfying double-LP experience.

The mix's mp3 song title tags provide details in this format:

Charm (Live 1981-11-13 Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario (Hassell, Eno, Brook, Dieng))

92-minute mp3 mix zipped up here

  • Nice 3 (1998)
  • Nice 1 (1998)
  • Berlin 8 (1988)
  • Nice 5 (1998)
  • Missing You (2006)
  • Charm (1981)
  • Courage > Dream Theory (1982)
  • The Elephant and the Orchid (1985)

11 responses
Currently getting my first listening experience with this. Thank you! > On Nov 13, 2021, at 3:28 PM, Posthaven Posts wrote: > > 
Thank you for this wonderful mix!
Hi there Just wanted to say thank you for all the good stuff you've been putting up. And a really big thank you for turning me on to Jon Hassell, I've been a fan and follower of Eno's since Roxy but JH had managed to elude me. Not anymore. Love it. Cheers Graham
Wow! Schoolkids! That is an utter blast from the past...I used to drive up from Toledo just to browse through Schoolkids. Most of the time, I'd buy nothing...but it was worth it to browse for hours there.
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