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Collected Works 1983-1985 [Box set, CD+DVD]

Cabaret Voltaire Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00EM9L2AM
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Cabaret Voltaire continue a series of releases on Mute with #8385 (Collected Works 1984- 1985), a six CD and two DVD box set, out on 4 November 2013.

#8385 (Collected Works 1983 - 1985) collates four of Cabaret Voltaire's classic mid-period releases - remastered - on CD - The Crackdown (1983), Micro-Phonies (1984), Drinking Gasoline (1985) and The Covenant, The Sword and the Arm of the Lord (1985) alongside a CD of Cabaret Voltaire's 12" tracks from the period and a CD of 12 unreleased tracks entitled Earthshaker. DVD1, Cabaret Voltaire Live, collates two live shows, the Bedford Boys Club (18.08.84) and Hammersmith Palais (02.12.84) and DVD2 is the long awaited DVD release of Gasoline In Your Eye (1985), an experimental video showcase previously only available on VHS plus the four promotional videos from the time.

6 CDs + 2 DVD
40-page 12" booklet:
-Notes about Earthshaker
-An essay by Phil Barnes
-New sleeve notes by Richard H. Kirk.
All audio remastered from the original tapes



1. Micro-Phonies

Do Right
The Operative
Digital Rasta
Spies In The Wires
Theme From Earthshaker
James Brown
Blue Heat

2. Drinking Gasoline

Big Funk
Ghost Talk

3. The Crackdown + EP

In The Shadows
Talking Time
Over And Over
Just Fascination
Why Kill Time (When You Can Kill Yourself)
Theme From Doublevision
Badge Of Evil

4. The Covenant, The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord

I Want You
Hells Home
The Arm Of The Lord
Golden Halos
Motion Rotation
Whip Blow
The Web

5. Cabaret Voltaire 83-85 12" As and Bs

Just Fascination (12'' Version)
Crackdown (12)
The Dream Ticket (12'' Version)
Sensoria (12'' Version)
James Brown (12'' Version)
I Want You (12'' Version)
Safety Zone (12'' Version)
Cut The Damn Camera (12'' Version)
Bad Self Pt.1 (12'' Version)
Drink Your Poison (12'' Version)
COMA (12'' Version)

6. Earthshaker

Earthshaker 5
Earthshaker 1
Theme From Earthshaker (Sheffield Mix)
Digital Rasta (Dub Version)
Earthshaker 3
Whip Blow (Instrumental Dub)
James Brown (Instrumental)
Golden Halos (Instrumental Dub)
Earthshaker 2
Cut The Damn Camera (Sheffield Mix)
Do Right (Cut Up Mix)
Earthshaker 4


7. DVD1

Bedford Boys Club 18.08.84
Just Fascination
Safety Zone
Ghost Talk
Digital Rasta
Do right
Hammersmith Palais 02.12.84
Mao Intro
Big Funk
Digital Rasta
Ghost Talk
Do Right

8. DVD2.

Gasoline In Your Eye
Slow Boat To Thassos
Big Funk

DVD Extras
Just Fascination 7" Mix
Sensoria 7" Mix
I Want You 7" Mix
I Want You 12" Mix

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Fascinating Music 7 Jan 2014
By mrflubs

An excellent box set and a much needed re-boot for these seminal records which for years had been neglected sonically and (perhaps) critically. The remastering sounds fantastic and packs a real punch.

I bought mine from the Cabs online shop, which even including courier delivery, cost a lot less than on Amazon. Sorry Amazon, but it's good to let independents have their day.

It's wonderful to have (at long last) 'Gasolene In Your Eye' on DVD, and (at very long last) 'Earthshaker'. You wait 29 years and here it is!

Some thoughts...

The packaging of both the LPs and CDs (to a lesser extent) is very sumptuous, if on the slight side when it comes to info; more in the way of essays would have been good from, say, the likes of Paul Morley or John Savage perhaps. I also wonder why the original sleeves (some being classics by Neville Brody) have been re-jigged substantially? Also, it would have been nice to have had a picture gallery of the single sleeves in the large booklet.

My only issue with the box is the way the singles have been presented. Never mind a download code for 7" b-sides. Myself, I'd have been tempted to add each 7" & 12" mix & b-side at the end of each relevant album. I'd then have included a disc of stand-alone period tracks eg:
Double Vision EP (so it's not on 'Crackdown' - personally I always felt that it didn't fit in as part of the album, which in essence it wasn't)
Mercy Man
Product Patrol
Dead Man's Shoes
Over & Over (version)
The Web (remix)
Blue Heat 12" (oddly missing)
...you get the idea!

Perhaps the John Peel & Janice Long sessions should have been added too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars does not get any better than this! 16 Nov 2013
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just played the cd's will watch the dvd's next but can already say that the work richard h kirk has done to beef up
the sound breathes new life into these fantastic cd's. I remember after 1985 when I ran out of radio stations to listen
to electro funk and I needed those raw funky beats it was the Cabaret voltaire I turned to and tackhead. Tackhead released
a boxset recently costs more and with less than half the amount you get with this.I have to say that this collection of cd's
is without doubt the best I have purchased and I have a very large collection. I know the dvds are going to be excellent
but the cd's alone are well worth the asking price and of course the artwork is as ever is priceless.
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The post-Rough Trade work of Cabaret Voltaire has been overlooked somewhat of late, so it was good to learn that Mute Records were releasing this 8 disc box set of their period with Virgin Records. It's a pity though, that their two subsequent LPs, for EMI, couldn't have been included as well since that would have "completed the set" of their major label period before the group reverted to releasing music on independent labels in the early 1990s and then more or less disappearing altogether. And not forgetting "The Drain Train" EP, which was released in between the Virgin/EMI changeover but would have fitted in very well sonically with the rest of the material here. Never mind - I understand there are legal reasons why it is easier for Mute and Richard H Kirk (who is curating the project) to re-issue the Virgin LPs only at this time, so this is an observation rather than a criticism. What is on here, will, I think be more than enough to be going on with.

THE ORIGINAL DISCS: I found these somewhat underwhelming - the track listings are identical to the previous CD copies. The remastered sound is OK but does not, I think, justify a re-purchase. The Cabs' albums of this period are all ground-breaking, but could not perhaps be called classics. There's not much to choose between them. "The Crackdown" - the major label debut which saw them make the transition from independent to major, sounds like progress rather than watering down - unlike so many other indie bands that seemed happy to take the cash. It contains the wonderful bonus track "Theme from Doublevision" which sounds like it could have been taken from Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II.
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