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Shouting at the Ground
Shouting at the Ground

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zoviet France Shouting At The Ground, 20 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Shouting at the Ground (Audio CD)
'Shouting At The Ground', from 1987, was the first real 'ambient' ZF album. Over the course of 13 tracks, we are invited into a new ZF world and one that has been the staple of each of their releases ever since. With this release a lot of the tribal/percussive elements were removed and the group was reduced to using atmospherics to create swathes of sound and beautiful aural collages. An endlessly fascinating ZF release, tho they went on to make more accomplished albums in this vein, as they got used to making music in this style. However, its always a delight to hear 'Shouting At The Ground' from time to time.


Zoviet France
Zoviet France

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoviet France Soviet France, 20 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Zoviet France (Audio CD)
Very early ZF release here (previously known as 'Hessian', as the original 12" version came in a hessian bag sleeve!). This relase is very 'industrial' - indeed the first track, 'Ritual' sounds very Throbbing Gristle a la 'Heathen Earth', tho a little more primitive than TG perhaps. Track 2, 'Mudblast Boys' is purely odd - quite like 23 Skidoo's 'Tearing Up The Plans' 12" - tribal and abstract, with an odd found voice on top. 'Sem Boys' is a tribal percussion piece. 'Bring Hessa' is a chanting piece which is just hillarious - we are advised to 'bring in cheese' (if my hearing is correct!) - the chanter's (or chanteuse's!) break down in fits of laughter, which i often do myself during this piece - plain weird, but great fun! 'Mounw' is a rumbling ambient piece with overlayed shouts & screams from the group members. The album finishes with 'Ji Boys' a 12 minute odd percussive, funk workout that evaporates into weirdness - you just have to hear it for yourselves! Sometimes when you listen to Zoviet France (particularly this album and 'Garista') you just have to ask yourself 'why????' - but it sounds like they're having such good fun that you don't care! Great stuff!
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Collusion
Collusion

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoviet France Collusion, 20 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Collusion (Audio CD)
'Collusion' is a compilation album featuring tracks from various artist albums from 1984 to 1990. An interesting collection of tracks, that are as good as anything ZF released on their many albums. The earlier tracks we have here ('Ram', 'Sprey' etc) are harsher, more aggressive than their later, ambient recordings, but still sound fantastic. My favourite track here is the 16 minute 'White Dusk', which sounds very like early Hafler Trio, with its stop/start tones and vocal effects - and the glourious dulcet tones of the gentlemen saying 'White Dusk/Let Go'. Overall a great compilation album and one that shows ZF's progression from a tribal/tape effect 'industrial' group, to that of an ambient outfit.


In.Version
In.Version

5.0 out of 5 stars Zoviet France 'In Version', 20 Jan. 2004
This review is from: In.Version (Audio CD)
63 minute live performance at the Urban Aboriginals XI Ballhaus, Berlin - 26/3/1996. Zoviet France in super-dreamy ambient mode. Just one long piece that includes many different parts - though all in the same relaxed style. This is music to dream to - music to relax to just when everything else seems like too much - this is what Brian Eno meant by ambient. The performance ends with that old ambient favourite; sound effcts of trickling water - always a winner on this kind of album! One of ZF's best.


Laurel And Hardy: The Dancing Masters [VHS]
Laurel And Hardy: The Dancing Masters [VHS]
VHS
Offered by londonstorehouse
Price: £11.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all!, 20 Jan. 2004
I've never really seen a good review of this film (well, apart from the other review here!) - however, having just watched 'Dancing Masters' i felt compelled to write something positive about it. Ok, its no 'Sons Of The Desert' or 'Our Relations', but its generally a decent film that fully sustained my interest for the whole 64 minutes. There were a few laugh out loud moments - Stan's appearance as an inventor, the boy's exploits on a runaway bus (if only Keanu Reeves had behaved like that in 'Speed'!!!!) amongst others and i feel it to be rather under-rated. One can only imagine how even better it could have been if Stan had been able to add some extra touches here and there - damn you Fox! Overall a worthwhile film which must be seen before denouncement.


Cold Blue Torch
Cold Blue Torch
Offered by music_by_mail_uk
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars No, i didn't think i'd like this too!, 19 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Cold Blue Torch (Audio CD)
I didn't really think that a remix album of Psychic TV music from the mid 90's would be much cop...how wrong i was! cEvin Key, Martin Atkins and Leather Strip are just a few artists who have been enlisted to remix PTV material - from the Trip Reset album. The results are very interesting - as Trip Reset was quite a subdued, almost ambient album, the addition of beats etc have caused them to take on a whole new life. My favourite track is the Martin Atkins remix of 'Fire Woman' - sounds great and wouldn't seem out of place on a Chemical Brothers album. Overall a fine album and one that gets repeated plays here.


Rebore Vol. 2
Rebore Vol. 2
Offered by vinylexchange-uk
Price: £15.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Thud, Thud, Thud, Crash!, 19 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Rebore Vol. 2 (Audio CD)
Decent remix album of Boredoms material, compiled and remixed by Ken Ishii. If you can imagine Can's music being remixed by Aphex Twin, then you will have some idea of what this sounds like. Just one long 50 minute remix, it doesn't outstay its welcome and really reaches some tumultuous highs. Some fammiliar Boredoms tracks crop up throughout - 'Acid Police' from Chocolate Synthesizer, and tracks from Vision Creation Newsun & Super Ae, in particulaar. A fine remix album.


Wow 2
Wow 2
Price: £19.66

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bang, Krang, Twang - yiok!, 19 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Wow 2 (Audio CD)
Hmm, this is a peach - The Boredoms, more restrained than earlier releases - maybe thanks to John Zorn, who was involved with the making of this album - but sounding evermore like an early incarnation of the Butthole Surfers (listen to the 'Live Pcpep' to see what i mean!). Off-kilter punk rock, a little bit of Can, some skew-whiff horns and a huge sense of fun - that sums this album up perfectly! Best tracks...'Rat Soup', 'Pop Can' & 'Do'.


Journey Through A Body: Perfomed By
Journey Through A Body: Perfomed By

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The mission was terminated soon after., 14 Jan. 2004
TG's last studio recordings, from March 1981 - they ceased to exist in May that year, after a show in San Francisco. These recordings are a lot less harsh than the previous years album, 'Heathen Earth'; in fact 'Exotic Functions' is pure Martin Denny exotica, whilst 'Oltre La Morte, Birth & Death' is an ambient piano piece, a la Harold Budd. However, there are plenty of TG's usual sinister overtones included here, so don't worry! 'Medicine' features a hospital-like bleep all the way through, with sounds of child-birth and other unsettling noises - difficult as usual, but very effective. 'Catholic Sex' is more obvious TG (about the only track on the album that truly resembles anything from 'Heathen Earth') with its primitive percussion, cornet and tape of a woman 'enjoying herself' - its classic TG. Overall, a great album and it shows how much TG had grown since '2nd Annual Report' - it would have been interesting to see where they would have gone from here, but i suppose a good reference point would be Psychic Tv's early film soundtrack work (such as 'Cold Dark Matter'), which resembles a lot of what is on offer here.


Music Martinis and Misanthropy
Music Martinis and Misanthropy

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The man in black, is back!, 3 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Music Martinis and Misanthropy
You don't get better apocalyptic folk (terrible phrase!) than this. Boyd Rice, the king of noise, hooking up with Douglas P from Death In June and the Michael Moynihan from Blood Axis. 13 tracks, as the cover notes say, so catchy that to keep your foot from tapping you'd have to staple it to the floor....nice! Basically, this is Death In June music with Boyd reflecting on life, love and hate in his own inimitable style. It's been a favourite of mine for years now and has recently been reissued via Tesco Distribution, featuring an extra track and in a lovely digipack cover. Sweet!


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