The Sophist- Subliminal Control LP

I’ve had this LP kicking around for ages, but never really thought much about it. One of my recent great purges had me reconsidering this record, and after careful consideration, I’m all in. Here we have a private press, gonzo minimal synth record from 1987, the lone album by an otherwise mysterious project from the NY/NJ area. There’s a tape edition of this album, as well as a single-sided flexi 7” of the title track, which in itself is worth the price of admission alone.

There are quite a few experimental pieces in play here, dark ambient passages mixed with short industrial landscapes, and a long, evolving piece that fills out side B. As mentioned though, minimal synth heads will love the title track, a furious 18-minute KR-55 workout that starts with gusto, begins to wear out its welcome, and by the time it finishes, comes back around again and commands the utmost respect. It’s one helluva ride.

With all that in mind, here’s the rundown:

The Sophist- Subliminal Control LP
1. Attention All People
2. Subliminal Control
3. Baby
4. Eternal Performance

*download it here*

4 Responses to “The Sophist- Subliminal Control LP”

  1. ArmchairCollector Says:

    I, for one, am glad you kept this! I’d’ve never heard it otherwise.

  2. Playing it just now and LOVING it. “Not purging” this one? Great call! And thanks for sharing.

  3. Love this. I put Eternal Performance on the latest episode of our podcast, but broke it into three parts. I think it worked quite well, notwithstanding any concerns about the “proper” way to hear it.

  4. peter stark Says:

    i was just about to rip my copy of it. glad you did it first!

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