April 7, 2018 – 2:58 pm


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Hamburg 1985 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany; May 15, 1985. Very good FM broadcast. Emperor Nobody remaster.

American trumpet player and composer Jon Hassell is known for developing the musical concept known as “Fourth World,” which sees him unify ideas from minimalism, various world music sources, and his electronic manipulation of the trumpet. He has collaborated with artists such as Brian Eno, the Theatre of Eternal Music, Talking Heads, Farafina, Peter Gabriel, Ani DiFranco, and Ry Cooder.

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Thanks to KINEBEE; FBAUER; and to Emperor Nobody for sharing the show at Dime.

Emperor Nobody’s remaster notes (March 2018):

I noticed Maestro and Fourth World traveller Jon Hassell was turning 71 on [March] 22nd - I think I finally understand why he called his first LP “Vernal Equinox” - so I pulled out this monster 78 minutes of ambient trance marathon and dusted it down for maximum audioliciousness. I did a whole bunch of high end repair at first, but then scrapped those modifications (too much) and dialed what I had been doing back a bunch using the usual tools, that is, Sound Forge 11 EQ and Graphic Dynamics adjustments. No NR was used. I removed a whole bunch of bursts of FM noise, smoothed the disorienting and sudden transition from the first track into the second, and adjusted the latter very subtly to make it volume-consistent with the rest, which I felt it was not. No other changes were made, but I modified the (really cool IMO) artwork a little bit to reflect that it’s been remastered and listed the tracks on the back artwork, which lacked them. New tags, titles, fingerprints and some remaster notes later, here it is for your pleasure. Enjoy and happy b’day Jon Hassell, then! And many more!

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possibly a master or 1st gen off-air FM reel, remastered by EN
DIME seed FLACs from (originally) KINEBEE & (then retracked by) FBAUER, who are both awesome > WAV > Sound Forge 11 remasterizzations > FLAC 8

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (320 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Power Spot 21:39
Track 02. The Elephant and the Orchid 21:04
Track 03. Wing Melodies 14:21
Track 04. Air 20:43
78 mins

Jon Hassell - trumpet, percussion, electronics
JA Deane - acoustic and electronic percussion, alto flute
Jean-Philippe Rykiel - electronic keyboards, facsimile bass, percussion, strings
Michael Brook - guitar, electronic treatments

Click here to order Jon Hassell releases.

  1. 15 Responses to “JON HASSELL - HAMBURG 1985”

  2. Fantastic Big O thank you so much for this. Big fan of Hassell since ‘Possible Musics’ Brian Eno collaboration and vaunting from Brian is entirely justified. A master
    Thank you! :)

    By swappers on Apr 7, 2018

  3. I always visit this blog hoping for some completely unexpected surprise, not just the usual rock suspects and this is IT - in spades! Great find - can’t wait to listen! THANKS!

    By Happy Camper on Apr 7, 2018

  4. Thank you SO much for this excellent post! Wonderful recording, Hassell at his peak, I’d say. What a great site this is!

    By Bing Bongong on Apr 7, 2018

  5. This may interest you.

    By Tony on Apr 7, 2018

  6. Thanks, Tony!

    By Happy Camper on Apr 7, 2018

  7. Thank you for this posting. Jon Hassell live is something very special indeed!

    By Alan on Apr 20, 2018

  8. Very cool, thanks! Any chance you could upload lossless files for those obsessives out there? ;)

    By Gregor on Jun 21, 2018

  9. Can someone here answer this for me?… I just discovered the Jon Hassell 1985 Hamburg show here. i can listen to the recordings, but I don’t see a way of downloading them. Is it still possible to download the tracks? Thanks.

    By Peter D'Elia on Jun 19, 2019

  10. Peter - just right click them and follow ‘download linked file’ from there yes?
    If they’ll play, they’ll download!

    By swappers on Jun 19, 2019

  11. Just tried downloading these files on 08/06/2021 and am informed -

    Not Found
    The requested document was not found on this server.
    Web Server at

    Can these be uploaded again or is there a problem? Yours enjoying your site very much

    By Semuta on Jul 8, 2021

  12. Hey Semuta, you’ve got two hopes, Bob, and NO !!

    By DD on Jul 8, 2021

  13. Fair enough! Just read info re stopping old uploads. Completely understand. Good luck with the site.

    By Semuta on Jul 8, 2021

  14. Im sitting here watching the view and shit my pants

    By HHH on Jul 8, 2021

  15. Nothing new there then triple .

    By DD on Jul 8, 2021

  16. Even though im the Rabbi, would love for mark and u to toss my salad. or in other words lick out my anus

    By The Rabbi on Jul 9, 2021

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