On June 14, 1983.

On June 14, 1983, “Elektra” label released “Baselines”, the debut Bill Laswell album. It was recorded in March 1982, at “OAO Studio” in Brooklyn, NY, and was produced by Material.

Personnel:

  • Bill Laswell – Ibanez 8-string, Fender 6-string, Fender Fretless Precision, Music Man Sting Ray, Steinberger bass
  • Michael Beinhorn – Prophet-5, synthesizer, shortwave, tape 
  • Ralph Carney – bass saxophone, contrabass clarinet
  • Fred Frith – guitar, violin
  • George Lewis – trombone
  • Ronald Shannon Jackson – drums
  • Martin Bisi – drums, percussion, recording
  • Phillip Wilson – drums 
  • David Moss – voice, steel drum, percussion
  • Daniel Ponce – congas 
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering

Track listing:

  1. Activate – Michael Beinhorn, Bill Laswell
  2. Work Song – Michael Beinhorn, Bill Laswell, George Lewis
  3. Hindsight – Martin Bisi, Bill Laswell
  4. Uprising – Bill Laswell
  5. Barricade – Michael Beinhorn, Bill Laswell, George Lewis
  6. Upright Man – Michael Beinhorn, Bill Laswell
  7. Moving Target – Michael Beinhorn, Bill Laswell
  8. Lowlands – Michael Beinhorn, Bill Laswell
  9. Conservation – Bill Laswell

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