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Recorded back in 1966 when the North was indeed still industrial, 'Abstractions of the Industrial North' is a collection of imaginary film soundtracks and library music recorded by Basil Kirchin.
With a very Duke Ellington set of roots (jazz drummer with big-band experience), Kirchin had made numerous dalliances into the avant-garde before embarking on his 1966 recording purge, with all these aural facets surfacing on the record. Opening with 'Prelude and Dawn', Kirchin displays an aptitude to match that of the much more renowned David Axelrod, with staccato hearted instrumentation that chimes with contemporary musical explorations.
Kirchin's musical ability is stunning, with themes and structures emerging throughout the compositions that will have you convinced they were recorded in the last decade as opposed to several decades ago. Also of interest is Kirchin's ear for future stars, with 'Pageing Sullivan' featuring a pre-Zep Jimmy Page and Big Jim Sullivan making this both a musical curio and an astonishingly complete, forward thinking document of its time.