Wednesday, April 09, 2008

ANNA DOMINO


“...Incredibly cool and low sexy voice."











"The voice of the erotic, tense, despairing, Peggy Lee-meets-Nico, thinking woman -i.e., postmodern platinum.” (Smart)


Country:
USA
Genre:
Electronic
Style:
Downtempo, Synth-pop,New Wave, Experimental


VIDEO
"Zanna"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byEy5DJAsKw&feature=related

"Land Of My Dreams"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10h6FItf4bY














































EAST AND WEST EP(1984)/LIVE IN JAPAN (1987) (2003)

1984 credits:
Electronics [Additional] - Luc Van Acker (from Arbit Adelt,
http://www.lucvanacker.com/splash.htm and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc_Van_Acker)Engineer - Giles Martin
Horns - Eric Michiels (from Lavvi Ebbel (
http://houbi.com/belpop/groepen/lavviebbel.htm), also played with Allez Aleez), Jan Weuts (from Lavvi Ebbel,also played with Red Zebra,Allez Allez etc.)
Percussion, Tabla - Jan Parmentier (
http://www.euronet.nl/users/janpar/)
Piano, Electric Piano, Backing Vocals - Virginia Astley (
http://www.virginiaastley.com/)Producer, Arranged By, Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocals - Anna Domino
Programming [Drum Machine], Violin, Co-producer - Blaine L. Reininger (Tuxedomoon)

Live '87 credits:

recorded at PARCO, Tokyo in January 1987. Anna Domino - vocals; Michel Deloy - guitar & programming; Rudy Sybertz - bass;

Eric Sleichim (http://www.saucede.com/Akashic/Sleichim.html) - soprano & tenor sax; Frank Michiels - percussion; Yves Baibay - drums



Tracklist:

01 With The Day Comes
02 Land Of My Dreams
03 Review
04 Everyday I Don't
05 Trust In Love
06 Repeating
07 Rythm (Live)
08 My Man (Live)
09 Take That (Live)
10 Change (Live)
11 Just Too Much (Live)
12 She Walked (Live)
13 Caught (Live)


Link to download:

From art-pool.it:
Anna Domino (born Anna Virginia Taylor) is a singer, a composer, a musician, a minimalist poetess, a performer of the minimal rock and synth-pop which flow down jazz music for a while.She was born in Tokyo, from a turbulent mother who dragged her around the world. She spent her childhood between Florence and Canada, then settled in New York, where she started her career as a musician and singer, with the Polyrock, a representative group of the minimal rock, moving their first steps at the end of the 70s and beginning of the 80s, whose first album was recorded with Philip Glass producing. Anna's itinerant past goes a long way towards explaining her cosmopolitan musical style.

Anna Domino:
“I think I'm one of those people who just isn't at home. Because I moved around a lot as a kid there isn't any place that I can really go back to.”

Smart and beautifully enchanting she comes back to Europe in the early 80s and in 1984 she records in Belgium her first mini album, East & West, by the independent brand Les Disques du Crepuscule, a lave particularly interested in the avant-guard music. The record radiated an atmosphere of loss, longing and detachment, Anna's sensual vocal style adding further to its bewitching quality. It was the period of the Tuxedomoon and the beginnings of Wim Mertens. Personally, this is my preferred album with bittersweet lullabies, stepped in late-night melancholy; to remark the song Everyday I don't.
(http://www.art-pool.it/archivio/15_12_2006/eng/musica.htm)



"Having previously heard Anna Domino I was expecting something more polished, more smooth, more like Sade but much cooler. What I actually got was something which does seem rather naive yet well textured, Anna doesn't seem entirely confident with her voice or anything at this point but it actually works in her favor oddly enough. Actually when I read up on this it seems that in the liner notes Anna apologizes for her vocals here because she had a cold at the time of recording. I realize it's hard to explain why something which is less developed actually sounds better than more polished material but it just does sound...better. Here we are treated to an impressive cover of Aretha Franklin's "Land Of My Dreams" which is definitely different than the original, it's sort of slinkier and cooler. "Repeating" and "Trust, In Love" were my instant favorites though, they seem to get more infectious with every listen. What really shines is the musicianship here, I'm really impressed with the texture of the music as it does seem rather laid back yet often there is much going on. Perhaps most impressive is the usage of the sax which usually ruins pop music for me but actually it was so uniquely and creatively blended in the music that I liked it. Although the album is of a pop nature it has sort of a dark side to it and a sort of mopey feeling which makes it seem to add more depth. Before this I was sure that Anna was one cool cookie, but after hearing this E.P. I'm convinced that I must hear much more from her and that she really should have been far more popular than she ever became."

"Recordings at Crepescule with Luc Van Acker and Virginia Astley resulted in this 4 tracker issued as a 12" and given a title which means the artiste is from the East and relocated to America where she became an immediate Cult. Anna satisfied the need for an illusion,a dream,an ideological conditioner working toward a goal of establishing a paradoxal statute which simply asked for the cooperation of the listener. Her songs were her own statement.There would be no compromise.You would take the lady on HER terms"

"Following a few months after her 1983 debut single "Trust, in Love," East & West provided the fuller foundations for Anna Domino's later reputation, later sealed by her full self-titled debut in 1985. This effort, though only six songs total, captures much of Domino's ability in essence -- even her penchant for excellent covers. In this latter case the song of choice is Aretha Franklin's "Land of My Dreams," delivered as a cool, post-Martin Hannett/Durutti Column wistful semi-lament. Similarly, the remaining originals are, as is so often the case with Domino, songs both of the moment and recalling earlier eras. More murkily post-punk than much of her later work, songs such as "Everyday, I Don't" and "With the Day Comes the Dawn," with echoed vocals and a low moody crawl that suggests much of the Factory label's early output, give contrast to Domino's distinctly non-goth vocals. Whether for reasons of confidence or preference, she's much deeper in the mix than she would be later, but the effect isn't disconcerting. She's helped, in retrospect, by a striking collection of musicians -- Tuxedomoon's Blaine Reininger on well-chosen saxophone parts, Virginia Astley on piano, Luc Van Acker with various contributions -- and the result, while transitional, is still of interest both to the Domino fan and in its own right. The LTM reissue, in keeping with the label's constant belief of providing as much music as possible, includes a slightly later but still worthy bonus, seven songs from a Japanese date in early 1987 -- one of the first to feature her longtime partner Michel Delory on guitars and programming. Though the liner notes apologize for her cold on the evening affecting her voice, the seven songs are a quietly recorded but still fun treat, culminating in a 12-minute version of "Caught."" ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide


More review:
http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?id=61&name=Anna+Domino









































RHYTHM EP (1984)

Tracklist:


01 Rhythm
02 Sixteen Tons
03 Half Of Myself
04 Target


Link to download:


""Behind the myth lies the effort of the rhythm [rythm?]," she muses in re racial relations. But the effort of the rhythm is in the preparation and production, not necessarily the final product. I prefer the debut's dreamy melancholy, and note that the best tune is once again a cover: "Sixteen Tons.""
(http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?id=61&name=Anna+Domino)

























ANNA DOMINO (1986)

Credits:
Anna Domino—vocals, keyboards, guitars, rhythms

Guest artists:
Alan Rankine (The Associates) — keyboards, guitars, bass, rhythms program
Marc Moulin (Telex) — keyboards, programming (tracks 02,03)
Steven Brown (Tuxedomoon) — clarinet (track01)
Dan Lacksman (Telex) — fairlight program (track01)
Michel Delory (Univers Zero, see:
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=329419218) — guitar (track04)
Rudy Sybert — electric bass (track 04)
Produced,Arranged by:Alan Rankine /"Rythm", "Drunk" + Koo Koo" produced + mixed by Marc Moulin. "My Man" produced + arranged by Anna Domino + Michel Delory + mixed by Alan Rankine. "Half Of Myself": Co-producer - Gilles Martin Producer - Anna Domino

Notes:
All songs written by Anna Domino except "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game*" by W. Robinson


Tracklist:

01 Rythm (4:03)
02 Drunk (3:51)
03 Koo Koo (4:15)
04 My Man (4:43)
05 Caught (6:06)
06 Summer (4:24)
07 The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game (3:30)
08 Chosen Ones (4:15)
09 Not Right Now (4:42)
10 Take That (4:02)
11 Sixteen Tons (4:28)
12 Half Of Myself (3:55)
13 Target
14 Zanna (with Luc Van Acker (1984) read this:
http://www.discogs.com/release/450893)
15 Summer (12" mix)


Link to download:


From 1984 onwards Anna spends half of the year in New York and the other half in Brussels and in 1986 appears her first proper album, Anna Domino (Les Disques Du Crepuscule, 1986 – LTM, 2004) with the singles Rythm (the misspelling was deliberate) and Take that. These songs, as well as My Man or Koo Koo, are simple jazz lullabies and Anna's voice well combines with swing atmosphere from years '30s. Despite a first impression Anna's records are far from being just 'pop'. The words of her lyrics are charged with fragility, resentment, self doubt, sometimes even chaos, and often take our hand only to lead us towards the dark end of the street. This is without doubts Anna's most interesting period, with two albums which I consider two milestones of the synth pop (term used at the time for indicating a more electronic pop), to be re-discovered even nowadays. (art-pool.it)

From the LTM website:
"After relocating from New York to Brussels in 1985, Anna Domino cut this magical album with the aid of two top flight producers, Alan Rankine (Associates) and Marc Moulin (Telex). The record proved a major independent success, thanks largely to Anna's confessional lyrics and reflective vocals, combined with sophisticated songs and sharp rhythmic styles. In particular check out Not Right Now, the crystalline, proto trip-hop of Caught and the near-hit singles Rhythm, Summer and Take That. The album also includes a smart cover of the Smokey Robinson/Miracles classic Hunter Gets Captured by the Game. Comparisons have ranged from Suzanne Vega to Julee Cruise. The five bonus cuts include all the non-album tracks from the 1984 ep 'Rhythm', plus the outstanding single remix of Summer by legendary New York producer Arthur Baker and also Zanna, a collaboration with onetime Revolting Cock Luc van Acker."

"A state of resigned half-awareness lifts these uncensored confessionals beyond the precipice. This is the sound of dusk, seasons, sublime elegance and supernatural light" (NME, 9/86)
"Though recorded for an indy label in the damp north of England, Anna Domino's self-titled full length feels like the soundtrack to a summer holiday on the Mediterranean coast of France. It's really a fusion, combining the snap-your-fingers coolness of cocktail jazz with relaxing, after-party synthetics and electronic beats. As a vocalist, Domino shows a lot of finesse. She lacks the range and richness of a singer like Tracey Thorn, but this gives her voice a chic, listless appeal. Had she been born thirty years earlier, Domino would undoubtedly have been an infamous lounge chanteuse. A few of the overproduced tracks on this album do skirt dangerously close to the adult contemporary genre, but most of the music feels just right. And as you would expect, LTM does their usual first-class job with the liner notes and bonus tracks. When the gray winter comes, this CD will help you remember the warm sunshine."

"Although born in Tokyo, Anna has pretty much lived everywhere from Ottawa to NYC, and it seems like she's picked up a little of her style from every place she's touched. Her music is easygoing, slinky and jazzy post-punk which isn't too dissimilar from early Everything But the Girl really. Anna's voice is almost like a less sophisticated Sade (which is a good thing I swear). "Rythm" (that is how it's spelled on the album I swear) is clearly the stand-out here, but she does hold a pretty solid momentum throughout. Other attention grabbers were "Koo Koo", "Caught" and remakes of Smokey Robinson's "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game" and Merle Travis's "Sixteen Tons". She has a really nice vocal range, and her breezy style is hard to resist. This is the sort of album to put on in the background at work and most should enjoy it, or even for a nice long bath. Really relaxing, pretty yet full of personality and conviction. Anna Domino is a sweet find, especially for how obscure she seems to be. This album should have something for nearly anyone!"


More review:
http://www.whisperinandhollerin.com/reviews/review.asp?id=1261

http://www.gullbuy.com/buy%5C2004%5C4_6/dominoanna.cfm


THIS TIME (1987)

Credits:
Anna Domino—vocals/Michel Delory—guitars

Guest artists:
Frank Michiels (
http://www.jazzinbelgium.com/person/frank.michiels) — percussion
Evert Verhees — bass (
http://www.muziekarchief.be/identitydetails.php?ID=5044)
Walter Mets (from Glass Museum ,i posted it before,see:
http://www.waltermets.com/) — drums
B.J. Scott (
http://www.bjscott.com/) — vocals
Piet van den Heuvel (
http://www.discogs.com/artist/Piet+van+den+Heuvel) — vocals
Alan Rankine (The Associates) — vocals
Produced by:
Flood (also :Depeche Mode, U2etc. see:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flood_(producer))

Tracklist:

01 Own Kind (3:48)
02 Just Once (3:45)
03 Time For Us (4:30)
04 Change To Come (4:56)
05 This Time (5:45)
06 Tempting (5:10)
07 She Walked (3:55)
08 Rain (4:15)
09 Come To Harm (4:46)
10 Lake (5:00)
11 Hammer (4:20)
12 Chaos (3:55)


Link to download:


In 1987 Anna joins (in music and in life) the Belgian multi-instrumentalist Michael Delory, and together they work on Anna's second album, This Time (Crepuscule, 1987 – LTM, 2004). The album was less groove-orientated and offered stronger songs delivered in a variety of styles, showing Anna's will to cross alternatives ways, just for experimenting new kinds of music.To remark the track Rain, with oriental arrangements leading us into a rainy Japanese garden.
(art-pool.it)


"I've really come to be a big fan of Ms. Domino in the last little while based upon her impressive Anna Domino and East & West releases. Well since this album is later than either I really hadn't much of an idea what to expect. I should also mark that this is actually her first American album from what I've read so yes there was a fair bit of retooling and change. Was it for the better? I'm inclined to think not, but the album still has some wonderful moments...all Anna induced of course. She has such an elegance and softness to her voice, yet she's unique interesting enough to breath life into most of the songs on here regardless of the fact that the actual music is mainly pretty boring synth pop. On the other hand songs like "Time For Us", and "Own Kind" are pretty darned great. It's just the entire thing is suffering from a keyboard overdose and tons of bland production. I think you could cull a pretty impressive e.p. out of this but there were definitely times where I questioned the album's direction. If you adore Anna then you'll at least like this, I did even if it was far from my favorite effort of hers but she does make it worth the trip at least."

"A consistently melodic album with several standouts, notably the ambitious, baroque Kate Bush stylings of the title track, the serene ballad Lake and the excellent single Tempting. A triumph of understated, infectious pop" (Leonard's Lair, 07/04); "Her best and most enduring collection of songs. This Time displays an impressive range of moods and styles, and represents that ultra-rarity - the glossy but memorable album from 1987 that you will still want to own. Quite a result" (Whisperin' & Hollerin', 8/04)

"On her first American album, Anna Domino showed flashes of considerable promise, setting her delicate guitar and voice amidst keyboard-heavy backdrops created with co-writer Michel Delory. The pair did their best work on the first few cuts off This Time; "Own Kind" is a bouncy synth pop number that carries a stinging message about "a generation rotten to the core," while the full-bodied disco groove of "Time for Us" forces Domino to abandon her usual wispy singing, with fine results. Unfortunately, that's not enough to keep the rest of the album from evaporating into a cloud of new age mist, as Domino disappears behind the sterile production (by the soon-to-become-famous Flood) and lifeless songs. She resurfaces only once, on "Lake," the final track, where the annoyingly dramatic synth patches aren't half as evocative as the melody and poetic lyric. This Time ended up being a primer on how not to utilize Domino's skills, a lesson she obviously learned the next time out, on 1988's Colouring in the Edge and the Outline." ~ Dan LeRoy, All Music Guide

"i find that this time is rather tedious; it has some good stuff on it, including the song "lake" which is colouring in the edge material, but it's not a great album. it should be not impossible to find used—i think it's probably the one of her albums that was the best promoted and distributed."

"I have speak up in defense of This Time, though I agree that it's not as good as Colouring in the Edge and the Outline. A little too much of the "I'm being produced by Flood so I might as well try to sound like Yaz" effect, perhaps, but not really a bad little album. "Lake" is gorgeous, "This Time" is a must on any tape of truly bitter music, and "Just Once" and "Change To Come" are happy (musically anyway) bouncy spring music that, come to think of it, I wouldn't mind hearing right about...now."

"Lake" was the very first song I heard from Anna Domino and it's still one of my favourites by her. I don't care much for the rest of this album though, there are only a couple of other tracks that I like. Most are too much '80s synthesized dance pop for me."
(http://ectoguide.org/artists/domino.anna#this)

More review:
http://www.leonardslair.co.uk/domino.htm
































COLOURING THE EDGE & THE OUTLINE (1988)

Credits:
Arranged By - Michel Delory /Engineer - Michel Dierckx /Lyrics By - Anna Domino /Music By - Anna Domino (tracks: 01-05) , Ivan Georgiev (tracks: 03) , Michel Delory (tracks: 01) Performer - Anna Domino , Michel Delory
Producer - Michel Delory


Tracklist:

01 Luck (4:14)
02 Clouds of Joy (4:48)
03 Tyranny (Of Your Company) (3:02)
04 Eighty-Eight (5:12)
05 Perfect Day (No, He Says) (4:16)
06 Always Always (4:36)


Link to download:


The following mini album Coloring in the edge and the outline (Giant, 1990) show a stronger influence from her companion. (art-pool.it)

"This is a 6 song EP. It begins sounding mainstream and forgettable, but later songs are more individual and interesting. It grew on me, unlike her previous albums."

"I like this ep very much, it could well be my favourite Anna Domino album, even though I probably agree Mysteries of America is a better album—I guess I just haven't listened to that one enough yet. It leaves the dance pop of This Time behind and continues more in the ethereal pop direction started with songs like "Lake" and the title track of the previous album "This time". Colouring in the edge... does fulfill the promise for more songs like these."
(http://ectoguide.org/artists/domino.anna#colouring)

"Neither of her albums has gotten to second base with me, and not because I'm unwilling--all three EPs score. Here she croons about metaphysical-sounding stuff like luck and joy over the snaky electrorhythms that in her past work were all too metaphysical themselves. And never sounds like stamina's her long suit." (http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?id=61&name=Anna+Domino)






















MYSTERIES OF AMERICA (1990)

Credits:
Anna Domino — vocals, accordion/Michel Delory — guitars, tipple, programming, midi guitar

Guest artists:
Anton Sanko (
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0762863/) — keyboards
Mike Visceglia (
http://www.mikevisceglia.com/) — bass guitar
Frank Vilardi (
http://www.frankvilardi.com/) — drums, drum programming
Erik Sanko (
http://www.eriksanko.com/) — bass guitar
Frank Michiels (
http://www.jazzinbelgium.com/person/frank.michiels) — percussion

Produced by:
Anton Sanko


Tracklist:

01 Home (4:48)
02 Pandora (4:20)
03 Paris (4:15)
04 Bonds Of Love (4:49)
05 Isn't That So (3:40)
06 Tamper With Time (3:16)
07 Bead (3:30)
08 "Oh Beautiful..." (3:46)
09 Dust (3:24)


Link to download:


In 1990 Domino and Delory relocate to New York and return with a new album, Mysteries of America (1990 – LTM, 2004), containing nine new songs produced by Anton Sanko, best known for his work with Suzanne Vega, and exploring acoustic settings in greater depth than on previous records. To mention Pandora, a dreamy and druggy lullaby, with the percussions of Frank Vilardi, or the beautiful and gitan Tamper with me. The words of these lyrics testify a strong interior tumult:
“I wish you were here in this afternoon, under a sulphur and stiffing sky, until stones and tumble will light this room and the storm, finally, will burst into my eyes...” or “I can be cruel and gentle, depending on my mood”.... or yet “...you'll never know how fun I would have, should you see me when I'm really mad...”
You can feel an almost split personality, an obsession and craziness which can explode any moment, but always with the desire of being observed, followed, in a sort of mental voyeurism, the wish of taking the lid o, and the need of cover it again.
Unfortunately Mysteries of America will be the last album of the couple Domino Delory.
(http://www.art-pool.it/archivio/15_12_2006/eng/musica.htm)

"To Anna,the biggest mystery was why America had never noticed. There'd been 8 years of music making and 8 years of hoping. Anna Domino was forever fated to remain a Cult. But in a different musical climate "Summer" could have topped the charts. Her acousic side is explored in greater depth on this album which was produced in New York by Anton Sanko,best known for his work with Suzanne Vega.By turns haunting,sparse,playful and luxurious,her refined and emotive lyrics combine to create a push-pull romantic tension between joy and regret,setting the album apart as a record of rare contemporary class. Along with her own songs comes a cover of Jesse Winchester's "Isn't That So?" This would be more or less the last one till the future Snakefarm,where the mysteries of Anna would take root,literally,through the next project. So get acquainted with one of America's best kept secrets"

"My personal favorite is Mysteries of America, which is better than everything before it and worth paying expensive prices for. Unfortunately, unlike her previous work, it was never released in North America and is not easy to find. Mysteries of America is brilliant."

"Mysteries of America was produced by Anton Sanko, who used to play with Suzanne Vega and also co-produced her album Days of open hand. Other former Suzanne Vega band members Mike Visceglia and Frank Vilardi also play on this album. The opening of the first track "Home" sounds very much like a song from Days of open hand but as soon as Anna starts singing the comparison fades, though the Suzanne Vega references are recognizable here and there. I like this album a lot, and it may indeed be her best album, but somehow I think I still love Colouring in the edge and the outline better. Probably because I know that album much better."
(http://ectoguide.org/artists/domino.anna#mysteries)























































L'AMOUR FOU - Compilation (1991)




Notes:

Only released in Japan


Tracklist:

01 Paris
02 Land Of My Dreams
03 Zanna
04 Rythm
05 Koo Koo
06 Always, Always
07 Time For Us
08 Change To Come
09 Lake
10 Perfect Day (No He Says)
11 '88
12 Bead
13 Tamper With Time


Link to download:


"When Anna Domino left the Ottawa that was her adolescent home, she left for good. Of course, she was just Anne Taylor back in 1975, a kid getting out of high school and suburbia in the same shot, being dragged around the world by an itinerant mother who had given her birth in Japan, a childhood in Florence, and finally some turbulent high-school years in the second coldest capital city on the planet.
"I think I'm one of those people who just isn't at home," says Domino from her loft in New York, her base since the late '70s. "Because I moved around a lot as a kid there isn't any place that I can really go back to. This is a place that I've landed in, and it's as at-home as it's ever going to be."
But even after she had fallen in love with New York, Europe and Crépuscule called. Her career was launched from Belgium in 1983 with a single called "Trust In Love," followed by the EP East And West, then a self-titled album in '86. They begged a bigger audience, but over the years in Crépuscule's "willingly negligent world," as one British weekly called it, Domino became best known for who she should have been: the next Sade, the next Suzanne Vega, the next Julee Cruise...
Still, if Anna Domino is the great lost '80s songstress, she still has an active career that's gearing up for phase two. After an imposed break since 1990's Mysteries Of America, as Crépuscule slowly dissolved, Domino came back late last year with a gorgeous collection of her hits, or rather, Favorite Songs from the Twilight Years: 1984-1990. The retrospective was released by Cargo's Janken Pon label, and Domino credits local imprint boss Kevin Komoda with kickstarting the project. She's also got an album of new material ready to go, and then there's her new band Snakefarm--essentially her same electroacoustic aesthetic applied to "traditional North American songs of murder, trains and she-won't-sleep-with-you-so-you-beat-her-up-and-throw-her-in-the-river."
Canada is getting Domino going again. She will perform in this country for the first time this week. "It feels so strange to be going up there to play now," says Anna. "I'm so happy about it, but at the same it seems like it should have happened a decade ago.""



(http://www.montrealmirror.com/ARCHIVES/1997/032797/music2.html)























DREAMBACK - BEST OF (2004)

Tracklist:

01 Rythm (4:20)
02 Summer (Baker 7") (4:25)
03 Take That (4:15)
04 Caught (6:09)
05 Zanna (3:09)
06 Tempting (5:09)
07 She Walked (3:58)
08 Time For Us (4:34)
09 Lake (5:02)
10 Hammer (4:20)
11 Luck (4:10)
12 Bonds Of Love (4:51)
13 Tamper With Time (3:19)
14 88 (5:03)
15 Dreamback (3:31)
16 Land Of My Dreams (4:20)


Link to download:


"An earlier collection of Anna Domino's work, Favorite Songs From the Twilight Years, surfaced in Canada in 1996, but Dreamback takes the one otherwise unavailable song from there -- the twangy "Dreamback" itself -- to be the penultimate song on this new overview from the LTM label. Released as an adjunct to the label's re-releasing of her '80s and early '90s work in general, Dreamback won't otherwise provide anything new for fans who have said re-releases. Relative obscurities like "Zanna," a collaboration with Luc Van Acker that balances off his deeper vocals and a subdued but strong rhythm with her calmer touch, and the low-key guitar jangle/funk strength of "Hammer" had already turned up on the other CDs. But as a handy overview for people new to Domino's work in general, Dreamback fulfills its brief and then some -- after listening, it's almost incredulous to think that she didn't gain wider attention at the time. Domino's balance between cool vocal control and a sudden, almost nervous energy in her delivery makes for a strong tension that feeds into the songs as well, similarly balancing between state of the art dance/art rock circa the '80s and moodier undercurrents -- plenty of bossa nova touches and interpretations, buried, dissonant horn/synth bursts, choruses that come across as sedated gang shouts, the pan-pipe/keyboard rural idyll of "Lake." There's the sass and swing of early singles like "'Rythm'" and "Summer," the collage of percussion that slowly builds up on "Caught," the flat-out lovely "Bonds of Love," with a simple killer blend of guitar and keyboards that leads into a breathtaking chorus. Perhaps the truly hidden gem that reemerges here is "88," originally from 1988's Colouring in the Edge and coming across as her commanding take on U2 circa The Joshua Tree -- all of the surging power but none of the vocal histrionics. A reproduction of James Nice's biography of Domino is a fine inclusion in the liner notes." ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

"Dreamback offers 16 of Anna's finest songs, including singles and album tracks recorded between 1984 and 1996"






















































SNAKEFARM - Songs From My Funeral (1999)

Credits:
Anna Domino - vocals and vocal fx, electric guitar and accordion
Michel Delory - electric, acoustic and classical guitar, dobro, banjo, and keyboard and drum programming
Paul Dugan (from Big Lazy, see this:
http://www.myspace.com/biglazymusic) - upright, arco and fender bass/Stephen Ulrich (from Big Lazy) - electric guitar and fx/Paul Shapiro (http://www.paulshapiromusic.com/) - tenor sax, flute and recorder

Notes:
All songs based on traditional ballads, arranged and produced by Snakefarm


Tracklist:

01 St. James
02 Rising Sun
03 This Train That I Ride
04 Frankie and Johnny
05 Laredo
06 John Henry
07 Black Girl
08 Tom Dooley
09 Banks of the Ohio
10 Pretty Horses


Link to download:


She lastly appears as vocalist in the album Songs from my funeral (1999), released under the name Snakefarm (accompanied by three musicians), with melodic traditional songs.
Nowadays the couple Domino/Delory still live in Los Angeles.


A part of an interview with Anna Domino:

Tell us a little about the Snakefarm covers project; the band you've assembled and the choice of material...

"Years of research have led me to the obvious. When I was twelve I took guitar lessons above a shop called The Blue Note from an old looking man who sat and smoked and had me listen to the classics. Scratchy old blues and folk records; songs of drunk wives and trains and murder and trains and jail and heroes, on trains. Michel and I arranged it and invited a band called Lazy Boy to play on it, as well as other old friends. We aren't quite done. Early 1997 I'd say."

The appeal of the folk songs you cover with Snakefarm is traditionally oneof reflective melody and yet, from the tracks we've heard so far, you seem to have taken a dramatically different approach, playing down the melodic lines and constructing your performances around rhythms or grooves. Was it important to you, when recording well -known songs, to reinvent them? What of yourself do you hope to invest in the songs?

"These songs have been around. Some go back to British street ballads. Others came down from the Appalachian hills. They have dozens of verses and different melodies and everyone who sings them changes them a little, makes them theirs. My grandfather sometimes sang after dinner, same melody for every song and often a new verse or two. You are, no doubt, familiar with some renditions provided by saints: Woody Guthrie, Huddie Leadbetter, Cisco Huston, Barbara Dale and Odetta. What do I hope to invest? "NOW" These songs remain relevant, moving and scary. To keep them from becoming relics they get reinterpreted every few decades. I used a strong rhythm section because I love that and don't get much chance to with my own melody-centric music. Mostly the songs adapted themselves, some got a little bent, but not irreparably. One lullaby went over a Black Sabbath drum loop, but it works. They're unusual arrangements but they're still just variations on our ancient themes. And it is so much fun!"
(http://annadomino.imnotafraidofyou.com/hearsay.html)

SNAKEFARM
Anna is also one half of Snakefarm, which was officially hatched at the intersection of New York City's Houston and Crosby Streets in the summer of 1995. Domino hooked up with Snakefarm co-conspirator Michel Delory, a Belgian guitarist and arranger who signed on as a member of her band (and eventually became her husband) nine years before.They spend most of their time working with traditional American balladry. Rediscovering the tales of betrayal and revenge, cruel circumstance and the longing and leaving that darken the American experience.

Anna Domino:
"I've been trying to figure out what exactly Snakefarm is since I first came up with the idea," confesses Anna. Mating entrancing, minimalist grooves and Domino's cool vocal delivery with classic tales of tragedy, trains and this country's vast size and violent history, Snakefarm's debut "SONGS FROM MY FUNERAL," provided a refreshing perspective on the timeless nature of traditional American folksongs. The titles may ring familiar - "Tom Dooley," "Frankie and Johnny," "St. James Infirmary" - but you'd never heard them interpreted like this before. (http://www.thethe.com/sections/library/backissues/16oct02.html)

Read more here:
http://www.uiowa.edu/~ijcs/mediation/pick.htm

http://www.allbusiness.com/retail-trade/miscellaneous-retail-retail-stores-not/4608956-1.html

http://www.acousticmusic.com/fame/p01253.htm

http://georgegraham.com/reviews/snakfarm.html


ANNA DOMINO'S OTHER WORKS

Tracklist:

01 Luc Van Acker - Feels Like Love (1984)
02 Luc Van ACker - Take My Breath Away (1984)
03 The The - Sweet Bird Of Truth (12'' Mix) (1986)
04 Kid Montana - Love And Trouble (1986)
05 Kid Montana - Joey Came Home (1986)
06 The 6th's - Here In My Heart (1995)
07 Anna Domino - Pome On Doctor Sax (1997) from "Various - Kerouac - Kicks Joy Darkness"
08 Anna Domino - Summer (arthur baker remix)
09 The The - Sweet Bird Of Truth (single version)

Link to download:


A collection of songs where Anna Domino contributed as a guest musician,and two more non album tracks.


Biography:
Anna Domino (nee Anna Virginia Taylor) is a Tokyo-born indie rock artist who has released several recordings under that moniker. Notable performers Domino has collaborated with include Blaine L. Reininger and Virginia Astley. She also played with one-hit wonders, including Mania D and Tar. Additionally, she sang lead vocals on the song "Here In My Heart" by The 6ths on their album Wasps' Nests.Her stage surname is a Spoonerism on the term Anno Domini (now referred to as C.E.).Early in her career, Domino sang with a number of New York City bands, but didn't catch the attention of American record labels until she had released several albums with the Belgian record label Les Disques du Crépuscule, releasing a single in 1983, Trust In Love. Two E.P. releases, East and West and Rythm, followed in short order. In 1986, her first complete album Anna Domino was released. In 1987, she met Michel Delory, guitarist for Bel Canto and Univers Zéro, and they collaborated on her second album This Time, which received positive critical attention and airplay in Japan. In 1989, Domino released another E.P., Colouring In the Edge and the Outline followed by her third album Mysteries of America in 1990. Domino didn't release anything under her own name after 1990, other than compilations and re-releases.In 1999 Domino and Delory formed the folk rock alternative outfit Snakefarm, which has to date released only a single album Songs From My Funeral, an album of murder ballads from the 1920s to the 1950s. Nowadays the couple Domino/Delory still live in Los Angeles.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Domino)






ALBUMS:
East and West (EP) (Crépuscule - 1984)
Anna Domino (1986)
This Time (Crépuscule - 1987)
Colouring in the edge and the outline (EP) (Crépuscule - 1988)
L'Amour fou (Crépuscule - 1989)
Mysteries of America (Crépuscule - 1990)
Favourite songs from the Twilight years (US-compilation - Janken Pon, 1997)
Snakefarm (Kneeling Elephant, 1999)


15 Comments:

Anonymous lebaronbleu said...

Thank u so much ... i can t tell u how great u are !!! today u relly made my day !!! thank u so much !!!
do u have anything from elisa waut ??? very hard to find

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Fuzzy Crew said...

Thanks for the anna domino discography - i like it as much as the tuxedomoon an winston tong a time ago.

thanks a lot again.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi im glad you also love Anna!!:)

greetings
salty

9:12 AM  
Anonymous foivosloxias said...

Excellent work !!!
It is always nice to find other people around the globe with the same ear and music memories...

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much 4 caring to share this elegant voice and music of Anna.I will associate her with Isabelle Antenna and others of Crepuscule Records, i love their taste in the 80s

2:54 PM  
Blogger john said...

gr8 blog site to anna. too bad i can't access RAR files ;(

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, I've got all her her records, mostly on vinyl, but now i can hear her on my mp3-player.

2:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a fantastic page. I can finally listen to Lake without vinyl distortion.

( Use 7-zip to access 'rar' files, it's free and reliable )

6:41 AM  
Blogger fieldhippy said...

Thanks again for Anna. On the East and West album there is a "glitch" at 2:30 into "Caught". Is there a chance that you could re-up? Thanks again.

2:02 PM  
Blogger fieldhippy said...

I'm looking for the early versions of "Caught" and "Dream Back" that appeared on the cassette only release "Fifth Column: Pinpoints on a Nation". Does anyone know where I could snag it?

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its now 2.5 years later since you posted Anna Domino stuff and now I discovered it.
Thanx a lot man.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you please remove Anna Domino's links ? She is still in the music business and it's not fair for her work. Thank you for your understanding.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous online pharmacy said...

I agree with you she's so sexy and she has a sexy voice too that's why I'd like to buy all her albums.

8:35 AM  
Anonymous falso techo said...

Gosh, there is a great deal of useful information above!

7:54 AM  
Anonymous MM said...

Unfortunately all the links are dead - is there any chance you could pls re-post as this is some crucial music here - I bought the Rythm EP when it came out back in 1984 and have been looking for more Anna Domino music for ages....many thanks - MM

6:41 AM  

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