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Health And Efficiency [Single]

This Heat Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Rer Megacorp
  • ASIN: B000H9HXFY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars This Heat's best release! 30 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
I first became aware of This Heat in '78 or '79 (can't quite remember), live at the legendary London venue "Heaven". Heaven hosted an experimental live band/art installation event on Tuesday nights & This Heat were the best thing that I witnessed there (amongst stiff competition). The 2 Charles's were seriously good "prog rock" musicians before forming this band & I remember being surprised by the fact that they had ditched the prog thing & replaced it with less obviously musical & extremely "arty" music more akin with Terry Riley, Yiannis Xenakis, Faust, Can, Neu or even Pierre Schaeffer, but with a super hard rock edge. Needless to say I went out & bought the 1st album & it immediately hit the top of my playlist.
As a confirmed fan of the band I rushed out to buy the next release, a 12" single called "Health & Efficiency". This release took all the principles of the self titled 1st album & perfected them, to this day H&E remains my favourite example of this band's work.
Some people seem to feel that the next release "Deceit" is the apex of the band's career but for me it was (initially) a huge dissapointment & parts of it remain my least favourite of their output. The essence of This Heat (in my opinion) is in the paring down of hard rock riffs, Musique Concrete (tape machine manipulation) editing, looping, vari-speeding & processing techniques, creating trance-like grooves, proto "illbient" moods & to a lesser degree (the focus of Deceit) political & moribund singing.
Don't get me wrong folks, I love the singing of Charles Hayward (listen to him on the Quiet Sun album "Mainstream" for instance) & those of you that think Thom Yorke & his Radiohead chums started something should immediately refer to This Heat in order to improve your perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Health & Efficiency dbl vinyl 25 Jan 2012
By Jen Kienzler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This two-song EP from 1980 showcases what This Heat did so brilliantly, if so far below the radar that it is only
1980 Piano/Rough Trade. Very rare and hard to find !

posthumously that the groundbreaking British trio gets recognized: somehow they manage to be astronomically influential yet polarizing in the same breath. The eight-minute A-side, "Health and Efficiency" (titled from a bandmember's in-joke about the benefits of bicycling to the recording studio) is an insistent and pulsating Krautrock projectile, hurtling forward anthemically on herky-jerky discordant guitar splatter and a pummeled and abused drum kit. It's an obvious precedent to latter-day experimental rockers like Sonic Youth and Le Fly Pan Am. The 11-minute B-side, "Graphic/Varispeed," is an epic sprawl of barely shifting drone that can just as easily hypnotize the listener as provoke them to rip it from the turntable in a fury. Graciously, the listener was originally encouraged to play it at the speed of their choice, 16, 33-1/3, 45, or 78 rpm. The band's assertion that "it sounds great at all speeds" leaves it up to the listener to agree or rebut.
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