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The Covenant, The Sword and The Arm Of The Lord (Remastered) Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (11 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00F0Z575I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,541 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. L21ST
2. I Want You
3. Hell's Home
4. Kickback
5. The Arm of the Lord
6. Warm
7. Golden Halos
8. Motion Rotation
9. Whip Blow
10. The Web
11. Sleepwalking
12. Big Funk

Product Description

This is Cabaret Voltaire’s seventh studio album originally released in 1985. The album peaked at #57 in the UK charts. “I Want You” went on to be the single.

For the 2013 edition, the audio had been remastered from the original tapes.

Cabaret Voltaire, alongside Human League, Throbbing Gristle, Fad Gadget and The Normal, were at the forefront of the UK Electronic Movement of the late '70s. Way ahead of their time, Cabaret Voltaire’s blend of dance music, techno, dub, house and experimental made them, without a doubt, one of the most influential acts of the last 35 years.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grev VINE VOICE on 30 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've been waiting for this to be re-released on CD again for years. Apparently hardcore Cabaret Voltaire fans don't really rate this album, but if you ask me it's the best thing they ever did. Most of the Cab's other stuff has dated really badly (the price you pay for being cutting edge), but the the best tunes on here still hold up.

It's sort of a poppy pre-industrial sound from 1985, and the best songs on here - I Want You, Hell's Home, The Web, and maybe L21st - still sound as good as they ever did (although some of the rest... not so good).

*One thing though - the last two tracks (Sleepwalking and Big Funk) aren't included on my copy of the CD or Amazon's Auto-rip service - no surprise as they're actually from the Drinking Gasoline E.P. It must be a listing error by Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By i survived drinking electricity on 3 May 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
although this is a great album when i played it alongside my original copy very little difference
which is a pity but still a fantastic band
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Why do you like New York so much? 11 Sept. 2006
By R. Schaad - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Unless I'm mistaken, this is how the album/cd opens. This is truly one of their best, and should get the proper re-release treatment (bonus disc, vids, etc.). Sounds a little bit dated, but that's OK as it was so far ahead of its time to begin with. Cruel twist of fate that this is OOP. Track it down!! This is their "conspiracy theory" record according to Richard H. Kirk. A must have.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Seminal 15 May 2008
By Threlly - Published on
Cabaret Voltaire pre-date all of the much later North American IDM/industrial bands like Skinny Puppy, Ministry, NiN etc.
They started their own brand of electronic cut-up funk in the late 70's.
It could be said that without the likes of Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle etc, that the later bands would not have existed, as they all owe so much to the English Northern Industrial scene.
This album along with "Microphonies" sounds like nothing else before or indeed after.
The Cabs were never afraid to let influences from Detroit funk to European Avant-garde electronic music seep into the seems.
If you think Industrial/Electronic music started in 1983, this is the perfect album to squegee your third eye !
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Why is this OOP? 7 Jun. 2006
By G. Mitchell - Published on
Format: Audio CD
A great, tough, underrated Cab CD - features one of their best songs ever, I WANT YOU, in its original form. Sorta reminds me of MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS meets mid-80s MINISTRY - not for the faint of heart!
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Unbelievable 18 Sept. 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I can't use enough superlatives for this album. As with anything CV, it's quirky but both accessible and energetic. There's a couple of songs that will undoubtedly stretch you but man, this is one creative, freaky album. L21ST is insane and "I Want You" is a classic. "Warm" is a great song, too. CV almost does the Euro version of rap but taking simple ideas/phrases and repeating them in the context of a really gripping riff/beat. I don't like a lot of CV (too conceptual or "cerebral") but this album, more than Code, represents the best balance of CV's ability to be completely bizarre and accessible.
Where the Cabs gain some gloss but lose some edginess... 15 Mar. 2012
By H. Jin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
In many ways, 'The Arm Of The Lord' is something of a transitional album for the Cabs. While it retains elements of the dark industrial/electronica of `2x45', `The Crackdown' and `Micro-Phonies', it also gives the first pointers toward their house-influenced work that began with 'Code'. The production is slicker than on previous Cabs' albums, there seems a greater reliance on programming and sequencing, there is much less guitar, the funk and soul elements are downplayed, and Stephen Mallinder's vocals have lost most of their sinister edge.

The result is a slicker, sleeker Cabs, which is not necessarily to their advantage. On the plus side, they retain the formula of mixing dark paranoid lyrics with disturbing samples, throwing in random stabs of noisy guitar or warped production, to produce a sound all their own. In typical Cabs fashion, their lyrics are obsessed with American paranoia and conspiracy theories (as clearly heard on the title track), with samples of everyone from televangelists to gun nuts. But this is the first Cabs album where I feel these edgy and abrasive elements are blunted a bit by the music. The use of programming instead of organic guitar, bass, and elements like saxophone can make a few of the tracks seem a bit too glossy and polished for their own good. Perhaps it's the fact that the mainstream had slowly started to catch up by 1985 (even Depeche Mode were trying to be `industrial'!), but I can picture people putting this album on purely to dance to and ignoring the lyrics completely.

Still, about half the tracks work really well, generally the ones that hark back most clearly to earlier albums; `Hells Home', `Whip Blow', the dubby `Golden Halos', and the sample-fuelled title track. These generally feature greater use of guitar and are less danceable overall than the rest of the album. At the other end of the scale, `I Want You' was a blatant if tongue-in-cheek attempt at a chart hit, and works a lot better than you might think. The rest of the songs are interesting enough, although the album as a whole falls a little short of `Red Mecca', `2x45' and `The Crackdown' in terms of consistency and innovation.

In all, a good album that doesn't quite rank up there with their best work, and it is a little disappointing that some of the edgy elements are being sanded down. Fans of all eras of the Cabs' work will find something to like here, but new listeners should start with `Mix Up' or `The Crackdown'.
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