Saturday, April 30, 2016

ROBERT ASHLEY – Perfect Lives (Private Parts) - The Bar (LP-1980)

Label: Lovely Music, Ltd. – VR 4904
Format: Vinyl, LP / Country: US / Released: 1980
Style: Minimal, Improvisation
Recorded at Right Track Recording/ Lovely Music/ Vital Records, 1979.
Arranged By [Chorus Parts, Orchestrations] – Peter Gordon, Robert Ashley
Arranged By [Chorus Parts, Orchestrations], Co-producer – "Blue" Gene Tyranny
Mixed By – Joshua Harris, Peter Gordon, Robert Ashley
Producer – Peter Gordon

A - The Bar I .............................................................................. 15:23
B - The Bar II (continued) .......................................................... 12:44

Robert Ashley – voice
"Blue" Gene Tyranny – keyboards, piano, organ, clavinet
David Van Tieghem – percussion, chorus
Jill Kroesen – chorus

Perfect Lives - An opera in seven episodes
"The Bar" is episode four:
Rodney, the bartender, meets Buddy, the piano player.

This performance of "The Bar" was composed and produced in collaboration with "Blue" Gene Tyranny and Peter Gordon.

Robert Ashley (March 28, 1930 – March 3, 2014) was an American composer, who was best known for his operas and other theatrical works, many of which incorporate electronics and extended techniques.

“Perfect Lives is generally accepted as Robert Ashley’s masterpiece, and is also a wonderful introduction to his work. This seven-part television opera had a long gestation period, and Ashley made a few attempts at recording it. In 1977, Private Parts (The Record) was released. It was a simple recording that consisted of Ashley’s voice, “Blue” Gene Tyranny’s piano, and a tabla player, credited only as “Kris”. This album contained “The Park” and “The Backyard”, which became the first and last sections, respectively, of Perfect Lives. By 1983, Ashley was performing a version of the piece with a group of like-minded musicians including Peter Gordon, David van Tieghem, and Jill Kroesen, many of whom were his former composition students at Mills College in Oakland, CA. This group recorded a complete version of all seven parts of Perfect Lives and released it on cassette (and eventually CD). “Perfect Lives (Private Parts): The Bar”, is a fascinating document of Ashley’s process. It represents a midpoint in the development of this piece. Released in 1980, “The Bar” is the exact center of Perfect Lives – part 4 of 7. It’s title is a combination of the two other versions. It was recorded just as Ashley was beginning to perform with his new group (Gordon, van Tieghem, and Kroesen), and allows us to hear another wonderful perspective on this genius work.”
(by Adam P. - ghostcapital)


Here you can learn all about "An Opera For Television" by Robert Ashley and of course buy the CD (Lovely Music, Ltd. ‎– LCD 4917.3 / 3CD box):

If you find it, buy this album!


  1. ROBERT ASHLEY – Perfect Lives (Private Parts) - The Bar (LP-1980)
    Vinyl Rip/FLAC+Cover


  2. one of my favorite of his works. btw. there's a dvd of the series. highly recommend checking it out too! lastly i'm a big fan of blue gene. his skills really show in these works.

  3. Is it possible to re-up this?

  4. Very interesting! Any chance for a re-up? Please!