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The Orginal Sound Of Sheffield: '83 / '87;Best Of The Virgin/EMI Years

Cabaret Voltaire Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Dec 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00005OKPI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,976 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Just Fascination (12'' Mix)
2. Crackdown (12'' Mix)
3. The Dream Ticket (12'' Mix)
4. Sensoria (12'' Mix)
5. James Brown (12'' Mix)
6. Kino (12'' Mix)
7. I Want You (12'' Mix)
8. Don't Argue (John Robie Extended Version)
9. Here To Go (Kevorkian Extended Version)
10. Thank You America (Kevorkian Bonus Beats)

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Now that techno is both a dance genre and a central part of the "intellectual pop" landscape, Sheffield electronica renegades Cabaret Voltaire are routinely described as a massive influence on the rave era. Oddly, this excellent compilation of their early work accidentally reveals that they were more followers than followed. Formed in pre-punk 1973 by Richard H Kirk, Stephen Mallinder and Chris Watson and named after a Dadaist club, it is true that they were experimenting with early synths, loops, cut-ups and political paranoia before most other arty types. But the good stuff starts with 1979's "Nag Nag Nag", which was simply 1977 punk rock played on machines. By the time we've reached 1980's "Obsession" (which blatantly rips off Metal Box by Public Image Ltd), we get the idea. This isn't just a primer for the Cabs; it's a handy summing-up of post-punk, an enthusiastic meld of PiL, The Fall, Gang of Four, The Pop Group, dub, Suicide and the pre-pop Human League. So... deep, meaningful and influential? No. Mutant art-pop fun? Definitely. And what's wrong with that? --Garry Mulholland

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Once 'I' was a lonely playboy" 19 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
At last, Sensoria on CD....and it's the 12" version. Before 1988, when House music dominated the club scene, The Hacienda club in Manchester used to play an eclectic mix of music on Saturday nights. Sensoria was one of those tunes.
I've had most of their vinyl for years, but at last I now have the convenience of some of their best on CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remixes that Work 13 July 2002
By A Customer
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Cabaret Voltaire belong on vinyl. It seems an odd thing to say about an electronic band but vinyl was the medium of the 80s and it's still the dance DJ's choice.
Why so? The 12 inch remix. For most bands, the extended tracks just stretched what little content there was and filled in the gaps with a 'Stars on 45' back beat that made dancefloor fades between tracks a doddle.
Not in this case. This CD really works. There was always so much going on in CVs tracks that one version could never be enough. Of course, they filled dancefloors, but they also had content. They revealed more and more with each hearing.
It doeesn't replace the originals, but it adds plenty. Whether it's your first taste or it's completing the collection, this CD is an essential.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Jay M VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Basically a 'Best Of' compilation featuring the full 12" mixes of well known tracks from the group.
Standout tracks include the driving rhythmic mix of 'Just Fascination', a good mix of 'Don't Argue' and 'Here To Go' and the excellent 'I Want You' which many believe is their best song. Also notable for the inclusion of Dream Ticket' previously only available on a vinyl release, which is deleted.
Some tracks don't work however. The 12" mix of 'Sensoria', in my view, does not live up to the original. Maybe this is because it's interspersed with 'Do Right' instead of being a mix in its own right. The mix of 'James Brown' does sound a little dated, but then again it was recorded over 18 years ago!
Overall, a superb introduction to the influential music of this Sheffield based group. A group which is held in high regard by acts like New Order, Kraftwerk and artists like Meat Beat Manifesto and Derrick May.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 21 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the best cd, for driving in traffic. Here in Philadelphia PA, I am in my car for about 3 hours a day. This cd from beginning to end is fantastic, You just escape into the wonderful world of Cabaret Voltaire. I have been a fan for the past 20 some odd years, to this day, they rank as one of my (2)favorite bands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bow down and pay respect... 15 Jan 2002
By yipyipcoyote - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A Cabaret Voltaire 12" collection from 83 to 87? It's too good to be true. Other than 'Sensoria', everything on here is first time on cd. TWO of the greatest 12" mixes of all time are included here : the neurotic 'Crackdown' and the ultra-violent 'I Want You' - urgent vocals compete with sampled speeches manipulated into torrents of garbled yelps, hiccups and glissandos backed by malicious, hammering beats. There's also the rare non-album single 'Dream Ticket'. 'Don't Argue' is included here but in a different version to the one on "Remixed" - in fact this is the more interesting John Robie mix. Also nice versions of 'Here To Go' and 'Thank You America'. Come to think of it the only other band I can think of that can release a 12" anthology to rival this would be Yello, but that's another story...
Reissue of the Year.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars you either get it or you don't 17 July 2003
By paranex - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The first couple of tracks are classic industrial tone poetry, 'Nag Nag Nag' (one of my all-time fave CV tracks) sounds like '77 punk rock performed on a Casio and mutilated on a garage-sale four-track. Now, you either like CV or you don't -- musically, I'd say they are to music what Jackson Pollock was to painting: abstract, conceptual and free-form. If you like experimental music, then your CD collection would be unfashionably incomplete without at least one CV record. It's the perfect music for such activities as say, a Saturday night acid party, reading a Philip K. Dick novel, or driving around aimlessly while questioning the social alienation of modern existence.
THe only thing I don't like about this CD is the packaging: silver text on a light grey background is impossible to read (and it looks pretty ugly too).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Not Complete 11 Jan 2008
By Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is an essential compilation if you're looking to explore Cabaret Voltaire in their DIY, pre-major label phase from (as the dates say) 1977-82. If this is the case, this compilation pretty much covers all the bases. If you've moved beyond Cabaret Voltaire 101, however, there might appear to be some glaring omissions. "On Any Other Street" from Mix-Up, "Sly Doubt" and "Black Mask" from Red Mecca, and "Breathe Deep" and "War of Nerves" from 2x45 would all have been nice additions. And a live track such as "Three Day Monk" from Hai! Live in Japan would have been a good taste for the neophyte of the funky chaos that the band was capable of live. If you find this compilation to your taste, I would recommend moving on to the stronger of the studio albums (Red Mecca, 2x45) as well as the compilation The Living Legends. If you're just starting out, that last one will baffle you at first, but trust me - stick with it and you'll be amply rewarded. If you are searching out the big-label, more commercial version of Cabaret Voltaire, then you've stumbled on to the wrong compilation in picking up 78-82; the one you want is The Original Sound of Sheffield 83-87.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your thoughts close doors but it's of no concern of yours 5 Jan 2003
By filterite - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was the album that made me buy more Cabaret Voltaire records. I must say that this was and still is great. From the opening swings of Just Fascination to the stuttering brilliance of Sensoria ( d-d-d-do right ), this album has it all. Admittedly it may not leave you as paranoid as the 78-82 collection but it has enough to satisfy you. It's also probably the best way to start your collection of CV because the early stuff is probably a bit too much to start off with
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Once 'I' was a lonely playboy" 19 Sep 2002
By Richard Splash - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
At last, Sensoria on CD....and it's the 12" version. Before House music dominated the club scene, The Hacienda club in Manchester, England, used to play an eclectic mix of music on Saturday nights. Sensoria was one of those tunes.
I've had most of their vinyl for years, but at last I now have the convenience of some of their best on CD.
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