World of Echo is the only full length non-collaborative studio album recorded, released and compiled by Arthur Russell during his lifetime. It was released in 1986 on Upside Records in the United States and on Rough Trade Records in the United Kingdom. Departing from his dance music recordings of the time, it instead features Russell solo on cello with added electronics and production effects, including echo, reverb, and distortion.
Audika Records issued a remastered limited edition CD on 27 October 2004 which included bonus tracks and a DVD with footage by Phill Niblock. They subsequently issued another CD on 11 January 2005 and a double vinyl edition on 29 March 2005. Rough Trade also reissued the album on 9 January 2005.
In 2013, FACT Magazine ranked World of Echo the #1 album of the 1980s.
In 2016, Kanye West incorporated a prominent sample from Russell's "Answers Me" in his track "30 Hours". (One of the best amples of all fucking TIMES).
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