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Anna Domino \ East & West [TWI 187]

East & West is the debut mini-album by Anna Domino, originally released by Crépuscule in 1984.

This short, bittersweet set was recorded at Daylight Studio, Brussels with guest contributions from Virginia Astley, Blaine L. Reininger (of Tuxedomoon) and Luc Van Acker. The five tracks include her first single, Trust In Love (an NME single of the week), as well as a beguiling cover of Aretha Franklin's Land Of My Dreams.

Rare b-side track Repeating also features, as well as popular non-album singles Zanna and 'Rythm', plus a previously unreleased demo track called Dream Back, recorded in New York with Stanton Miranda of Thick Pigeon.

Expanded and remastered for vinyl re-release in 2017, the new edition retains the original artwork by Joel Van Audenhaege and adds new liner notes by Anna.

The CD version features all six original tracks from the East & West sessions plus seven live tracks recorded at Parco in Tokyo, Japan, in January 1987. Highlights include two otherwise unrecorded songs (Change and Just Too Much), and a superb 12 minute version of Caught.

Vinyl LP tracklist (TWI 187)

A1. With the Day Comes the Dawn
A2. Land Of My Dreams
A3. Review
A4. Everyday I Don't
B1. Trust, In Love
B2. Repeating
B3. Zanna
B4. 'Rythm'
B5. Dreamback (demo)

CD tracklist (LTMCD 2383):

1. With the Day Comes the Dawn
2. Land Of My Dreams
3. Review
4. Everyday I Don't
5. Trust, In Love
6. Repeating
7. 'Rythm' (live)
8. My Man (live)
9. Take That (live)
10. Change (live)
11. Just Too Much (live)
12. She Walked (live)
13. Caught (live)

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"Originally released as a mini-album in 1984, East and West finally gets an expanded vinyl reissue on its parent label some 33 years later. And you know what - this stylish debut sounds more contemporary than most of the bedroom geeks knocking out lo-fi electro-pop today. This timely vinyl reissue includes the stately electro-pop of Review, the heady cover of Aretha Franklin's Land of my Dreams and the eerie Eastern influenced With the Day Comes the Dawn and the b-side (B-SIDE!!??!!) Repeating, as well as a slew of musical guests from the era, including Ravishing Beauty and John Foxx/Ryuichi Sakamoto cohort Virginia Astley, Tuxedomoon's Blaine L. Reininger and engineer extraordinaire Gilles Martin. It sounds like it was jammed in a squat, rehearsed in a light-starved studio and recorded while being fuelled by copious amounts of strong Belgian beer. And it probably was, judging by the revealing sleevenotes. It's great.

"In addition there's the similar-period electro-crunk of Zanna recorded with Luc van Acker and a curio demo variant of hard-to-find outtake Dreamback, recorded with Thick Pigeon's Stanton Miranda. I'm not sure what Rythm is doing here - it appeared as a single sometime after and fronted the first of her full-length albums so maybe it's presented as a transitional piece - it's so great anyway, you could include it on any Domino retrospective without embarassment. Sleeve is replicated from the original on the front, rejigged on the rear with notes and credits - looks pristine as usual and way ahead of its indie peers of the age. Get. 9/10" (Flipside, 04/2017)

"The way Anna lingers out desire, as if wounded by apprehension, is quite exquisite" (NME, 11/1983)

"The wounded fragility of Anna's voice is a definite plus. Her approach is not a million miles away from The Raincoats, which is obviously no bad thing" (Melody Maker, 12/1983)

"Land Of My Dreams is a song of thrilling poignancy and confident, lonely calm" (NME, 03/1984)

"Tender panache, intoxicating sound" (Melody Maker, 04/1985)

"Fans of femme folk-new wave (Raincoats, Young Marble Giants etc) should check out this mini album even though the artist floats her lyricism in a gentle electronic wash, and doesn't appear to hail from Britannia. Me, I'm a fan of early Tom Tom Club, Velvets-era Nico, and Maureen Tucker singing Afterhours. Hypnotic with no cosmic aspirations, she could be labelled spaced out, but in a dreamy, nicely sophisticated way" (Robert Christgau, 1984)