Boomkat Product Review:
**Edition of 400** Charlemagne Palestine 'Bell Studies' is a record that brings tremendous joy to our day. Recorded circa 1965 by the august composer on the 26-bell carillon of Taylor bells at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 53rd Street and 5th Avenue, NYC, during his seven year stint of playing them every day from 15 years old until he left to study and teach at CalArts in 1970. Earning him the nickname, the Quasimodo of midtown NYC, these sessions attracted a seminal and diverse crowd of fans, including Moondog, John Cage and Tony Conrad and likely hundreds, if not thousands more lucky - if perhaps bemused - listeners on their daily commutes or going about their business every afternoon and sunday morning. This genuinely breathtaking LP collects some of the most beautiful recordings of those performances in all their plangent glory, featuring the complete reel-tape of the 5-part 'Bell Studies' on the A-side - distant taxi horns included - backed with a suite of shorter Bell Studies on the B-side, each captured in single takes and, almost unbelievably, unheard until now! Somebody pinch me, please.