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Restocked: outstanding reissue, Choice finds Arnold Dreyblatt making his instruments and chosen musicians sing and chime from minimalism to moments of forthright completeness over two sides of vinyl which demand an honest listen and are ultimately rewarding when given such. Curated from more than thirty years (1981-2007) of live recordings, the LP is all the more remarkable for not sounding like a compilation of music made over such a long time-frame at all. Often characterized as the most rock-oriented of American minimalists, Dreyblatt has cultivated a strong underground fan base for his transcendental and ecstatic music. Now, for his latest issue on Choose Records, Berlin's Jörg Hiller aka Konrad Sprenger has made his own "Choice" from Arnold Dreyblatt's own extensive archive of live recordings, ranging from over thirty years of live performances from 1977 to 2007. This is very much a "collectors' LP", which plays as a carefully curated sonic selection, rather than as a chronological sequence of individual recordings. The collection ranges from seminal recordings by many of the historical ensembles who performed as Dreyblatt's Orchestra of Excited Strings in the States and in Europe, to some of Dreyblatt's most compelling solo projects making for some very surprising listening, especially for those who may already know Dreyblatt's currently available studio recordings. Meticulously mastered by Rashad Becker with an artful cover design by Hendrik Schwantes, "Choice" is a must for Dreyblatt fans and afficiandos of historical minimalism.