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Steve Tibbetts - Northern Song flac album
Northern Song
Contemporary Jazz
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1779 mb
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Northern Song is a music studio album recording by STEVE TIBBETTS (Jazz ive Rock) released in 1982 on cd, lp, vinyl and/or cassette. Steve Tibbetts plays everything on this album but the percussions, which are handled by his long-time collab Marc Anderson. Although I suppose that at the time Tibbetts' music served a purpose and was maybe groundbreaking (I only became aware of him in the early 90's), I can assure you that this album is nothing worth writing about than I will here. Ambient, new-agey, repetitive, almost boring. Not really recommended if you like dynamic and changing music.

With percussionist Anderson, Tibbetts explores urban landscape, especially on "Nine Doors/Breathing Space. Tibbetts is reminiscent of Ralph Towner.

Cover photo by Dieter Rehm. I don't think I've ever heard an album so given over to silence. In a sense, this album is an acknowledgment of the ultimate power of silence over music. Those who can allow themselves to be transported in the few moments a struck chord endures against the power of silence should find it captivating.

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Overtones of Martian style or not, Tibbetts is more accepting, if not exactly fond, of the album now. He feels that Anderson's percussion carries the album and remembers that during recording, Anderson "kept telling me, 'Steve, let him produce it, let him produce i. In some ways he was a much more experienced musician. Marc Anderson has a tempered appreciation for Northern Song these days. The last time I heard it I thought, 'Wow, it sounds great, it sounds really good. I mean, the sound is great obviously. I don't think it's our best record, but I do think it's a really good record.


1 The Big Wind 8:17
2 Form 7:18
3 Walking 6:28
4 Aerial View 4:14
5 Nine Doors / Breathing Space 21:56

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – ECM Records GmbH
  • Copyright (c) – ECM Records GmbH
  • Made By – Arvato
  • Recorded At – Talent Studio


  • Composed By [All Compositions By] – Steve Tibbetts
  • Congas, Bongos, Percussion – Marc Anderson
  • Engineer – Jan Erik Kongshaug
  • Guitar [6 String Guitar], Twelve-String Guitar [12-String Guitar], Kalimba, Loops [Tape Loops] – Steve Tibbetts
  • Photography By [Cover Photo], Design – Dieter Rehm
  • Photography By [Liner Photo] – Dag Alveng
  • Producer [Produced By] – Manfred Eicher


Recorded October 1981
Talent Studio, Oslo

An ECM Production

℗ 1982 © 2019 ECM Records GmbH

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 02567 43489 4
  • Label Code: LC 02516
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • SPARS Code: AAD

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
ECM 1218, 2301 218 Steve Tibbetts Northern Song ‎(LP, Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1218, 2301 218 Germany 1982
ECM 1218, 829 378-2 Steve Tibbetts Northern Song ‎(CD, Album, RE) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1218, 829 378-2 Germany Unknown
829 378-4 Steve Tibbetts Northern Song ‎(Cass, Album) ECM Records 829 378-4 US Unknown
ECM 1218 , 422 829 378-2 Steve Tibbetts Northern Song ‎(CD, Album, RE, RP) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1218 , 422 829 378-2 US Unknown
ECM 1-1218 Steve Tibbetts Northern Song ‎(LP, Album, Promo) ECM Records ECM 1-1218 US 1982