Reel To Real . Dennis Young
2015. cd . dl . lp
Dennis Young is best known as the marimba player/percussionist for the legendary early 80s NYC band LIQUID LIQUID. “Reel to Real“ is a lovingly assembled archive collection of his rare and unreleased solo recordings from 1982-1983.
Dennis Young: “Back in 1982 at the age of 24 I bought my first recording equipment a - 2 track Teac reel-to-reel-tape-recorder. I already owned a number of analog synthesizers, an electric & acoustic guitar, various effect boxes, and a full drum set. The music was recorded live over a two year period (1982-1983) when I was still playing in LIQUID LIQUID. I was busy with the band but I still found time at home to experiment with my own sound using various instruments & vocal effects.
In early 1984 I bought my first 4 track cassette machine which ended my live reel-to-reel recording phase. The tapes were boxed up and put into storage for the next 30 years. About six months ago I was going thru some old boxes and happened to find the tapes again. I was curious to hear what I had on those tapes so I purchased another Teac reel-to-reel-tape- recorder. To my surprise there was a lot of music to choose from these recordings, so after hours of listening I came up with a set of songs that I thought was the best representation of my work from this period. Thanks to Staubgold I am able to share this unique recording experience with you, the listener.“
Dennis Young is a self-taught musician who started playing drums at an early age from which his curiosity led him to other instruments that included marimba, percussion, keyboards, guitar, and vocals. He composes his own music and his compositions combine influences from rock, jazz, dance, folk, and world music while incorporating unique rhythms and colorful musical textures to create his own original music.
He is best known professionally as the marimba/percussionist for the legendary early 80s NYC band “Liquid Liquid”. They had a major impact on hip-hop and dance music. Best known for there dance music hit “Cavern” it was sampled by Grandmaster Flash in the making of “White Lines“. Since his days with “Liquid Liquid”, Dennis Young has recorded a number of solo releases on his label “Day & Nite Music” and has added his signature percussion to a number of recordings. He continues to this day to explore new ways of writing and performing music