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Vena Cava

Artist: Diamanda Galás

Year: 1993
Country: United Kingdom
Label: Mute
Catalog No: Mute, STUMM119
Format: Vinyl Lp
Spezification: vg+/vg+
A   Untitled
B   Untitled
Companies, etc.
  • Phonographic Copyright ? – Mute Records Ltd.
  • Copyright © – Mute Records Ltd.
  • Recorded At – The Kitchen, New York City
  • Published By – Mute Song
  • Edited At – Sorcerer Sound
  • Edited At – Passport Studios
  • Mastered At – P.R. Records Limited
  • Pressed By – P.R. Records Limited
  • Composed By, Written-By, Performer – Diamanda Galás
  • Photography By [Photograph Of Philip-Dimitri Galás] – Kent Strother
  • Photography By [Photographs Of Ms. Galás] – Robbie Lourenço
  • Photography By [Visceral Photography], Art Direction – Fred Sodima*
  • Plated By – M (91)
  • Producer – Eric Liljestrand
  • Producer [Additional Tape Production] – Blaise Dupuy
Composed, written and performed by Diamanda Galas.
Vena Cava is a complete performance with eight sections:

1. I Wake Up And I See....
2. Porgi Amor / I Dreamed...
3. Amazing Grace / I Dreamed... Grass
4. Yes, I Like The T.V.
5. Once Enchanted, The Beautiful 
6. Breed
7. Stay Awake, Little Pony 
8. I Miss You, It's Been So Long 

The writing of Vena Cava was inspired in great part by the work of Philip-Dimitri Galás 1954-1986

Live performance recorded at The Kitchen, New York City February/March 1992.

Tape sources:
Gordon Hempton - 'Onkaongan Overture / Tennessee Nightwalk' natural sounds courtesy of Miramar Productions, Seattle Washington;
Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass - 'Silent Night' used with kind permission of BMG Records UK Limited on behalf of BMG Music;
Various Artists - 'A Music Box Christmas (Silent Night)' provided courtesy of Columbia Records;
Ray Conniff 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' provided courtesy of Columbia Records, written by J.F. Coots and H. Gillespie, published by EMI United partners.

Additional musical material:
'Porgi Amor (La Nozze di Figgaro)' by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791);
'Hush Little Baby' written by Inez Fox & Charlie Fox (Public Domain);
'Amazing Grace' written by Arne/Newton (Public Domain);
'There is a Balm in Gilead' (Traditional), vocals by Philip-Dimitri Galás;
'When I Am Laid in Earth' written by Henry Purcell (1659-1695);
Accordion music performed by Philip-Dimitri Galás.

Issued with printed inner sleeve (credits, sources, acknowledgments, etc).

Dedicated to Scott MacCauley.

Direct Metal Mastering.

? + © 1993 Mute Records Ltd.
Runout characters are etched.