European Primitive Guitar (1974-1987)

07.12.23 words by Will Dickson

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NTS presents European Primitive Guitar, a compilation of instrumental guitar compositions, mapping out the European analogues of the American Primitive Guitar movement, spearheaded by John Fahey in the 1950s.

Released physically and digitally on January 26 2024, European Primitive Guitar spans works directly influenced by and responding to Fahey’s approach to composition, alongside works by artists that arrived at similar conclusions independently. The music is, at once, both starkly traditional and contemporary.

Listen to contributions from Maurizio Angeletti (Italy, 1983), Peter Finger (Germany, 1974) and Albert Giménez (Spain, 1982) now, via all streaming platforms. And pre-order for the vinyl release via the NTS shop and the NTS Bandcamp (NTS Supporters get 20% off).

Alongside the vinyl release we're stocking limited edition European Primitive Guitar short sleeve tees on the NTS shop.

A1 Albert Giménez - Conte Xinés (Spain, 1982)
A2 John Lawson - Time Will Say Nothing But I Told You So (UK, 1980)
A3 Roberto Menabo - Il Ritorno Dell'Enola Gay (Italy, 1985)
A4 Dominique - Aquarium (Spain, 1987)
B1 Maurizio Angeletti - Zen & The Stone Game (Italy, 1983)
B2 Hans Reichel - Could Be Nice Too (Germany, 1981)
B3 Mickeranno - Dai Vetri (Italy, 1985)
B4 Axel Schultheiss - Pas De Deux (Germany, 1985)
B5 Norman Teeling - Two Rainbows (Ireland, 1984)
C1 Bojan Drobež - Krog Na Vodi (Yugoslavia, 1986)
C2 Gereon Piller & Gerhard Krause - Blue Winter (Germany, 1979)
C3 Peter Finger - Second Love (Germany, 1974)
C4 Andy Bole - That Way (UK, 1986)
D1 Enrico Marcandalli - Il Divano Arancione (Italy, 1983)
D2 Dave Maddison - Phase Shift By Earth (UK, 1978)
D3 Martin Kolbe & Ralf Illenberger - Veits Tanz (Germany 1978)

Compiled by Aaron Angell, Bruno Halper & Samuel Strang for NTS. Mastered by Geoff Pesche (Abbey Road). Transfers & restoration by Neal Birnie. Artwork by Matthias Pichl.

2LP vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, with insert sleeves featuring an essay by Bradford Bailey.
Available as limited edition transparent 2LP vinyl (200 copies) and black vinyl options.

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