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  • Audio CD (1 Sept. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Revola
  • ASIN: B000006YZV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2004
Format: Audio CD
A Certain Ratio never really produced a completely satisfying album which they should have, though this and the following "Sextet" were as close as they got. After a succession of excellent singles such as "Do the Du", "Shack Up" and "Flight" the expectations were high for their debut album proper. Signed to Factory records, at the time renowned for the distinctive, in-house sleeve designs of Peter Saville and the austere sound of Joy Division.
ACR were influenced by Brian Eno (whose song "The True Wheel" gave the band their name), Wire and Parliament to produce their mix of raw, edgy choppy guitar punk together with skewed, mournful funky horns and electronic studio treatments. The early singles delivered, so when they went into the studio with legendary Factory producer Martin Hannett the results should have been another classic album along the lines of "Unknown Pleasures". The resulting album "To Each..." didn't quite achieve that status. But listening to this album now, you can see how far ahead of the game ACR were, though the Eno albums "Another Green World and "Before and After Science" can be seen as good starting off points. Jeremy Kerr's dominant funky bass is key to how each piece progresses, worked as a lead instrument which is more than ably supported by the incisive, sharp drumming of Donald Johnson.
This new release brings out all the nuances from the recording, the subtle treatments and use of studio effects adding significant detail to the avant funk brew being whipped up. The vocals create a disembodied, distant feel to the proceedings which would be further explored on the following album, "Sextet".
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By Arnold Golightly on 14 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
bought the album when it came out, saw them in a pub in Scunthorpe just before the release of this album.

this isn't a 5 star album, but nearly. ACR are one of the most inventive bands i ever heard.way ahead of their time, and difficult to pigeohole.

before i wrote this i listened to some of the album, and it doesn't sound dated at all.

a must for anyone interested in the history of factory records.
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By John F on 20 July 2012
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album after reading an almost delirious rave review by Chris Burkham in 'Sounds' and I wasn't disappointed. A Certain Ratio's music is notoriously difficult to describe - funky bass blends with mournful trumpet and hypnotic percussion to stunning effect. Easily their best album and certainly one of the jewels in the post punk crown.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The truth about Winter Hill 22 Jun. 2003
By John Rowland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Someone else wrote a review about Winter Hill representing a nuclear war. Here is the truth about Winter Hill. Winter Hill is a real hill near A Certain Ratio's home town of Manchester, England. On top of Winter Hill is a huge television transmitter mast. Close to the transmitter is a small hut full of electrical equipment. This hut makes a droning noise which changes every ten seconds or so between two different notes about 2 semitones apart. The changing drone on the song is not a recording of this hut, and is not the same notes, but it is a musical reminder of the sound the hut makes. How do I know? Because I walked to the top of Winter Hill in approximately 1987, and as soon as I heard the hut, I knew that this was the inspiration for the song. I don't know if the hut is still there, or if it still makes the same noise.
The album is definitely worth having for Forced Laugh, Winter Hill and a few others, but there is too much filler to give it 5 stars.
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A beautiful representation of UK alternatives from the 80s 15 Jun. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is worth buying not just for the extraordinarly haunting blend of funk with the best of ambient despair emerging from the UK synthesiser movement of the late 1970's and 80's, but also simply so that you can say you have listened to world war three. The final track on this album, Winter Hill, sums up virtually all fears and all horrors of the Cold War,a frightening and sinister military precussion that builds and explodes across the better part of twelve minutes. The use of incredibly powerful bass rhythms detonate every few minutes as the nuclear weapons of the world tear apart the aural fabric. It is an incredibly powerful piece of music that will oneday find a home in a very powerful movie.
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Maybe the best Jazz Funk record made 12 Jun. 2012
By Tony J. Tumminello - Published on Amazon.com
I cant believe Im the first to write about this rekord. It was the height of New Wave, I used to listen to the BBC on a short wave Stromberg Carlson and when I heard this band it just knocked me out. I listen to the bass line and this first album by ACR (which got their name from a ENO song-extra cool points) has it in spades. Fat back beat drumming, echoey guitars, horns, funky bass, other worldly vocals. Clean tight, then you learn about the Manchester sound and the Hacienda and ties to Joy Division and New Order,, it was a lifestyle. Also strongly recommended is their second Lp Sextet which to me was their high water mark. Still holds up well after all these years- the real thing... Cheers
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Unique 18 Sept. 2002
By Gordon E. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Well, this album and the follow up, Sextet, are absolutely unique in sound, and still fully ahead of their times. Those of who were into this band at the time have never forgotten these albums...horns, latin percussion, funk...there's no describing them. And ...to Each was produced by the infamous Martin Hannett.
If you are thinking about buying this album, don't: just buy it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sextet 5 April 2000
By "jobbernelson" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I originally bought the album sextet by a certain ratio for a dollar because it had a great album cover. When I got it home and dropped the needle, I was a fan forever. It is really to bad that so little of these guys music is available here
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