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The band was founded in 1992 in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany by Thorsten Benning, Morten Gass, Robin Rodenberg and Reiner Henseleit. Originally, group members started out playing in various hardcore bands such as 7 Inch Boots and Chronical Diarrhoea. In 1992 they produced a crossover of jazz and ambient, which they self described as an "unholy ambient mixture of slow jazz ballads, ... Read more in Amazon's Bohren & der Club of Gore Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (6 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 2000 Wonder
  • ASIN: B00004R9CV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,082,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bohren & Der Club Of Gore are a German four-piece who have miraculously mutated from the hardcore noise of their original incarnation into a mesmerising suicide jazz' combo. Sunset Mission is a record enamoured of the twilight world of the city. It sounds like a collection of all the dark places in a David Lynch movie. The drums are slowed to a sleeping heartbeat, the piano is played with funereal solemnity. A slurred saxophone utters drunken phrases of regret. Strings ebb and sway in a sonorous baritone like laboured breathing. There's no change of pace. Like a trance, the music just takes hold affecting both metabolism and consciousness. It feels as if you're slowly drowning on pharmaceuticals. Sunset Mission is a pleasurable dulling of the pained psyche to the point of oblivion. --Chris Campion

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Hullabalooza on 25 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bohren & der Club of Gore started out as a Heavy Metal/Hardcore band, but then completely changed their style to something which is often referred to as Doom Jazz. People often mention Lynch, but really meaning some of the work composed by Angelo Badalamenti for Lynch works such as Twin Peaks, but also to some extent Lost Highway.

In a nutshell, the music on this album is something pretty rare, creating a dark, moody and brooding jazz sound, carried by a minimalistic use of the instruments (bass, drums played primarily with brushes, vibraphone and the leading saxophone).

How it feels? Picture yourself alone in the city displayed on the album cover, at the very moment of the sunset. It's cold, cars and fleeting faces are passing you by - everyone is rushing to get home before it goes completely dark. Then you hear the sound of that saxophone and everything starts happening in slow motion. You really want to get home but are captured by the sound and make your way into the darker corners of the city to find the source of this music. You are led to an abandoned industrial area and somehow manage to climb up onto the roof of the highest building. There, you find a lone saxophone player contemplating on the bigger picture of things through the sound of the sax. You dare not interrupt his playing and simply lie on your back staring at the dark sky, letting your mind run free. Even the cold cannot touch you now, as you are entirely wrapped up in your thoughts and the sound of the music.

The End ;)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KaitezTheKiller on 5 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
This record would set you back about £500 if you wanted a Vinyl copy...says it all really, music for the soul of the highest calibre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By joe kaputnik on 20 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
....to be at your own, with your dearest, at home, in the car driving by night through wet cities, in bed, to fall asleep, to stay awake...to watch the rain fall / the snow fall...
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this is a record badalamenti never did...pure beauty...listen to this one! this is one you'll never regret you bought it!

very slow jazz, beautiful saxophones, nothing hectic at all...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I. Dickson on 24 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
There isn't a bad track on this album. Probably the best Bohren album to start with, for someone who has never heard them before. But whatever you think you're going to hear on this album is wrong. Nothing you can think of will prepare you for what is inside.

The first track "Prowler" sets the scene perfectly. Imagine the film-noir-esque tall, sultry woman in the red dress and high heels, running through the dark, wet alley, towards the back door of a building. Street lights flickering. Police sirens in the background. Steam rising from the gutters and pipes that snake across the exterior walls, through fire escapes and round corners. She enters, and opens the door to the private detective's office. The room, heavy, filled with smoke and bourbon sees the detective sleeping at his desk with his feet up. The woman softly says "Detective?", and the story begins...

Most probably in my top 3 albums ever... In fact, Im gonna listen to it right now. And when it's over, Im gonna listen to it again. So should you!
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