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One Down

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Genre  No wave, dance-rock
One Down (1982)  Seven Souls (1989)
Producer  Material
Released  May 19, 1982 (1982-05-19)
Recorded  O.A.O Studio, Brooklyn, New York and RPM Sound Studio, New York City
Label  Celluloid, Elektra, 60206

One Down is a 1982 album by the New York based no wave music group Material, produced by Material, recorded by indie producer/engineer Martin Bisi in Brooklyn and musician/engineer Robert Musso in Manhattan. The album sees the band reduced to a duo of Michael Beinhorn and Bill Laswell, collaborating with different musicians and singers on each track.


Song background

"Let Me Have It All" is a cover from Sly and the Family Stone's 1973 album Fresh.

"Memories" featured vocals by Whitney Houston accompanied by Archie Shepp on tenor saxophone. The track marks Houston's first appearance on record as a lead vocalist on an album, prior to her own albums. The song was written by Hugh Hopper and originally recorded by Soft Machine with vocals by Robert Wyatt in 1967 prior to Hopper joining the band.

A dance mix by John Luongo of "I'm the One"/"Don't Lose Control" was released as a 12" single in 1982 (Celluloid/Elektra, 0-67970). Mixes of "Time Out" was released as a 12" single in 1983 (Elektra, 0-67916).

Track listing

  1. "Take a Chance" (Bill Laswell, Michael Beinhorn) – 4:31
  2. "I'm the One" (Laswell, Beinhorn, R. Bernard Fowler) – 5:25
  3. "Time Out" (Laswell, Thi-Linh Le, Beinhorn) – 4:52
  4. "Let Me Have It All" (Sly Stewart) – 5:23
  5. "Come Down" (Laswell, Beinhorn, Fowler) – 4:43
  6. "Holding On" (Laswell, Beinhorn, Brian Eno) – 4:40
  7. "Memories" (Hugh Hopper) (featuring Whitney Houston) – 3:58
  8. "Don't Lose Control" (Laswell, Beinhorn) – 4:18

CD bonus track

  1. "Bustin' Out" (Laswell, Beinhorn, Fred Maher) – 8:03


  • Michael Beinhorn – Prophet-5, Oberheim OB-Xa, Oberheim DMX sequencer, Roland TR-808 drum machine, Roland VP330 vocoder, tapes, percussion
  • Bill Laswell – Man Sting Ray bass, Fender Precision bass, effects
  • Additional personnel
  • Nona Hendryx – vocals ("Take a Chance", "Let Me Have It All", "Bustin' Out")
  • B.J. Nelson – vocals ("Take a Chance", "Let Me Have It All", "Holding On")
  • R. Bernard Fowler – vocals ("I'm the One", "Come Down")
  • Thi-Linh Le – voice ("Time Out")
  • Noris Night – voice ("Let Me Have It All")
  • Whitney Houston – vocals ("Memories")
  • Jean Karakos – voice ("Don't Lose Control")
  • Nile Rodgers – guitar ("I'm the One", "Come Down")
  • Fred Frith – guitar ("Time Out")
  • Nicky Skopelitis – guitar ("Take a Chance", "Holding On")
  • Ronnie Drayton – guitar ("Let Me Have It All", "Holding On", "Bustin' Out")
  • J.T. Lewis – drums ("Take a Chance", "Time Out", "Holding On")
  • Yogi Horton – drums ("Let Me Have It All", "Memories")
  • Tony Thompson – drums ("I'm the One", "Come Down", "Don't Lose Control")
  • Fred Maher – drums ("Bustin' Out")
  • Nicky Marrero – percussion ("Take a Chance", "Time Out", "Holding On")
  • Daniel Ponce – bongos ("I'm the One", "Don't Lose Control")
  • Oliver Lake – tenor and alto saxophone ("Come Down")
  • Archie Shepp – tenor saxophone ("Memories")
  • Raymond Jones – Yamaha CP-70B electric grand piano ("Memories")
  • Production

  • Produced by Material
  • Recorded at O.A.O Studio (Brooklyn, New York) by Martin Bisi and at RPM Sound Studio (Manhattan, New York) by Robert Musso
  • Release history

  • 1982 – Celluloid / Vogue (Fr.), CEL 541003 (LP)
  • 1982 – Elektra (USA), 60206 (LP)
  • 1982 – Celluloid, CELCD 5504 (CD)
  • 1983 – CBS / Sony (Jp.), 25 AP 2754 (LP)
  • 1992 – Metronome / Restless, 7 72654-2 (CD)
  • 1992 – Demon / MauMau, MauCD 624 (CD)
  • 1992 – Jimco, Jp., JICK 89047 (CD)
  • 1997 – Movie Play Gold, MPG 74047 (CD)
  • 2005 – Golden Stars, GSS 5406 (CD, Portugal, retitled CD 1)
  • References

    One Down Wikipedia

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