Friday, March 21, 2008
Nicky Skopelitis - Next To Nothing
Guitarist Nicky Skopelitis has long been a Bill Laswell collaborator, appearing in a supporting role on countless Material and related albums. He has also taken center stage for several "solo" albums, which are more like Skopelitis-led Material albums. His first solo album was Next To Nothing on Virgin; it was released in 1989 and practically disappeared. It took me years to find a copy of the CD, but it eventually turned up during a casual browse of a used CD section. Backing up Skopelitis are Laswell (naturally) and Axiom label mainstays Ginger Baker, Simon Shaheen, and Aiyb Dieng, plus none other than Fred Frith on violin. Seven tracks, 35 minutes, CD rip @
128 192 (by popular request), get it here or here.