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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Torture Garden
  • ASIN: B000024P3P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Hot On The Heels Of Love 4:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. What A Day 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Six Six Sixties 2:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Discipline (Berlin)10:48Album Only
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb 2013
Format: Audio CD
Less sonically abrasive, more melodic and synth based patterns, this is almost ambient compared to...their earlier work. Ushering in another genre of sound this fits alongside the Metal Boys album as they shed the punk dissonance after being Metal Urbain to explore sexual pain.

Control and sexual torture disfigure the lurid lyrical observations throughout, whether they are hot on the heels of love or crying out for more discipline - the 70's double standards of social mores are explored to the hilt as the two dangly bits bob against a vacant whole. Whilst the music may be less harsh, as it tinkles across the keyboards the observed truths which are nodded to - however, are not. As they hover next to the suicide hotspot of Beachy Head, the band highlight the internal contradictions within the British social psychological system - the will to an ever-present destruction whilst appearing nonchalant.

Therefore do not expect to be uplifted in volume as they stroll through the tunnels of back-filled forgotten moments; and like a tomcat let out for the day after confinement, they come back smelling of musk with a dead sparrow clamped in his jaws, ready to drop at your feet.

As the albums moves onwards - Genesis builds up to spasmodic scream into the microphone, detailing a seething personal injustice - as he becomes locked into his internal voice. Then it connects back to the world of the old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BLS on 22 Jan 2014
Format: MP3 Download
I've always had a soft spot for Jazz Funk, my CD and tape collection is littered with classic albums from Heatwave, Level 42, Jamiroquai, Hue & Cry etc. I mean is there a more inspiring sound than a Fender bass guitar being slapped within a inch of it's life ??? So those of you who are familar with Throbbing Gristle can only imagine my absolute horror & disgust at being confronted with this, er, thing. The blame firmly lies with my local tape exchange who had filed this album under the category 'FUNK etc.'. Believe me, they got more than a piece of my mind the following day. No wonder record shops are closing down all over the country. Anyway, what of the "music" on display here? Well it's not even remotely close to Jazz-Funk, why they chose to title their record as such is completely unfathomable (and obviously misleading). No, what we've got here is a disturbed man wailing and moaning and sounding like he's stuck in a drain while all manner of drills, crashes and distorted keyboards spew-off in different directions while they attempt to hold all of this togther with the world's worst drum machine. I actually cried after listening to 20 minutes of this madness and showered for a futher 30 minutes. Surely the Trades Description Act (est.1968) would have paid them a visit by now???
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 15 April 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
'20 Jazz Funk Greats' remains one of the key albums of the late-1970s - predicting most of what was to follow (electronica, industrial, avant-garde, ambient, new wave etc.) & also being one of those varied long-players common to that era (see Can's 'Tago Mago', Faust's 'IV' or Eno's 'Another Green World'). The cover is very British, I think - the so-called 'wreckers of civilisation' - dressed in standard-dress of the seventies - some members look like they could be in The Fall, another a stock-hippy - while Genesis P-Orridge has a snappy white-blazer on (the white & the ironic title a deliberate move against the fascist-nazi tags being placated on TG due to songs like 'Zyklon Z. Zombie'). & Cosey Fanni Tutti remains the epitome of cuteness; the smile & the rest is put into context by the reverse of the cover (& the related pic of an abandoned Range Rover, nodding to 'Beachy Head')- the band stand in the same way as a corpse lies at their feet. & this is TG's most approachable album!!!!
The title track opens proceedings- an industrial-groove that was borrowed for Scritti Politti's 'The Sweetest Girl' starts, later followed by P-Orridge's atonal-violin & some syn-drums (that would later find their way into Joy Division; see 'Insight'). Someone whispers words like "jazz" and "funk" - the former predicting 'The Fast Show' then! TG sang when they felt like it, so 'Beachy Head' (named after the popular British suicide-point) drifts toward the ambient - after Eno & capturing the vibe of such a place (a body lies undiscovered at the bottom- no one stops you as you step off - no sound as you are falling...).
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Jan 2001
Format: Audio CD
I always laugh when I see this record (vinyl copy) and not only because of the amusingly deceptive title. The cover has the most hilarious pic of the band, with Cosey in a mini dress and silver high heeled sandals, with an enigmatic Mona Lisa like smile. The music is quite accessible, pointing in the direction of Chris & Cosey's later melodic excursions and not at all the tuneless noise of the earlier albums. It's less industrial and more electro, and all the better for that.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Simon Greenwood on 13 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
TG eschewed the barrages of noise documented by their Annual Reports for one shot at a commercial record. 'Twenty Jazz Funk Greats' shows a quieter side to the band but is still riddled with the sickness that informed their obsessions and interests. The sleeve is a slickly corporate shot of the type that the band liked to produce but is informed by the fact that it was shot at Beachy Head, a major suicide location in the UK. The music is more like the later work of Chris and Cosey and Peter Christopherson's Coil than the Annual Reports or '24 Hours', mostly utilising 70s synths and beatboxes. It remains the friendliest point of access into TG apart from the posthumous 'Greatest Hits'.
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