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One Down is a 1982 album by the New York based No Wave music group Material. The album sees the band reduced to a duo of Michael Beinhorn and Bill Laswell, collaborating with different musicians and singers on each track.

"Let Me Have It All" is a cover from Sly and the Family Stone's 1973 album Fresh.

"Memories" is a cover of a Hugh Hopper song written just prior to his joining Soft Machine, but most well known from Daevid Allen's Banana Moon album which featured a lead vocal from Robert Wyatt. The vocal here is performed by Whitney Houston in one of her first ever featured lead performances.

A dance mix by John Luongo of "I'm the One"/"Don't Lose Control" was released as a 12" single in 1982 (Celluloid/Elektra, 0-67970). Mixes of "Time Out" was released as a 12" single in 1983 (Elektra, 0-67916).


Track listing

  1. "Take a Chance" (Bill Laswell, Michael Beinhorn) – 4:31
  2. "I'm the One" (Laswell, Beinhorn, R. Bernard Fowler) – 5:25
  3. "Time Out" (Laswell, Thi-Linh Le, Beinhorn) – 4:52
  4. "Let Me Have It All" (Sly Stewart) – 5:23
  5. "Come Down" (Laswell, Beinhorn, Fowler) – 4:43
  6. "Holding On" (Laswell, Beinhorn, Brian Eno) – 4:40
  7. "Memories" (Hugh Hopper) – 3:58
  8. "Don't Lose Control" (Laswell, Beinhorn) – 4:18

CD bonus track

  1. "Bustin' Out" (Laswell, Beinhorn, Fred Maher) – 8:03


  • Michael Beinhorn – Prophet-5, Oberheim OBXa, DSX sequencer, Roland TR-808 drum machine, Roland vocoder, tapes, percussion
  • Bill Laswell – Man Sting Ray bass, Fender Precision bass, effects


  • Nona Hendryx – vocals ("Take a Chance", "Let Me Have It All", "Bustin' Out")
  • B.J. Nelson – vocals ("Take a Chance", "Let Me Have It All", "Holding On")
  • R. Bernard Fowler – vocals ("I'm the One", "Come Down")
  • Thi-Linh Le – voice ("Time Out")
  • Noris Night – voice ("Let Me Have It All")
  • Whitney Houston – vocals ("Memories")
  • Jean Karakos – voice ("Don't Lose Control")


  • Nile Rodgers – guitar ("I'm the One", "Come Down")
  • Fred Frith – guitar ("Time Out")
  • Nicky Skopelitis – guitar ("Holding On", "Don't Lose Control")
  • Ronnie Drayton – guitar ("Let Me Have It All", "Holding On", "Bustin' Out")
  • J.T. Lewis – drums ("Take a Chance", "Time Out", "Holding On")
  • Yogi Horton – drums ("Let Me Have It All", "Memories")
  • Tony Thompson – drums ("I'm the One", "Come Down", "Don't Lose Control")
  • Fred Maher – drums ("Bustin' Out")
  • Daniel Ponce – bongos ("I'm the One", "Don't Lose Control")
  • Nicky Marrero – percussion ("Take a Chance", "Time Out", "Holding On")
  • Oliver Lake – tenor and alto saxophone ("Come Down")
  • Archie Shepp – tenor saxophone ("Memories")
  • Raymond Jones – Yamaha CP-70 B electronic grand piano ("Memories")


  • Recorded at O.A.O Studio, Brooklyn, New York and RPM Sound Studio, New York City by Martin Bisi. Produced by Material.

Release history

  • 1982 – Celluloid / Vogue (Fr.), CEL 541003 (LP)
  • 1982 – Elektra (USA), 60206 (LP)
  • 1982 – Celluloid, CELCD 5504 (CD)
  • 1983 – CBS / Sony (Jp.), 25 AP 2754 (LP)
  • 1992 – Metronome / Restless, 7 72654-2 (CD)
  • 1992 – Demon / MauMau, MauCD 624 (CD)
  • 1992 – Jimco, Jp., JICK 89047 (CD)
  • 1997 – Movie Play Gold, MPG 74047 (CD)

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