Pete Dako prefers Frederic Rzewski's Attica to his Coming Together and quotes a Robert Christgau review:
The design of "Coming Together" is simple, even minimal: Steve ben Israel reads and rereads one of Sam Melville's letters from Attica over a jazzy, repetitious vamp. Yet the result is political art as expressive and accessible as Guernica...
Coming Together was recorded on the recent Ear Unit CD. I actually prefer a nineties CD recording of the piece. However, I cannot place the CD and have not found it on the web; maybe it was on Wergo and features a German or Eastern European voice reading the letter?
In any case, Donna McCabe analyzes the piece and gives more about Sam Melville including that his original name was Samuel Grossman and that he was convicted of the 1969 Manhattan bombings, which were politically inspired. She discusses the sense of "timelessness" in the work.
The beginning of Melville's text:
I think the combination of age and a greater coming together is responsible for the speed of the passing time. it's six months now, and I can tell you truthfully few periods in my life have passed so quickly. I am in excellent physical and emotional health. There are doubtless subtle surprises ahead, but I feel secure and ready...
The Ear Unit liner notes state that he was one of the organizers of the Attica, New York prison riots later that year, when he was killed.