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Pomme Fritz
Pomme Fritz
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Price: 4.38

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre!, 3 Jan 2004
This review is from: Pomme Fritz (Audio CD)
I remember the fuss over this cd when it came out, back in 1994 (is it really 10 years ago????). The media weren't too pleased with it at all, as they wanted more of what had made this group great in the first place - i can never understand most music journos - if a group keeps the same style from album to album they are seen as boring; if a group changes it's style often then they are criticised for not playing the old stuff.....annoying! That was the case here. 'Pomme Fritz' is a fine album - a little odd, uncontrollably ambient, and most of all, refreshingly new...even 10 years on. The title track opener is probably the only track that bares any resemblance to their previous material - and the most sane piece here. It chugs and builds over 9 minutes and is in fact rather beautiful. Then things start to go a little odd - the next 5 tracks show The Orb in experimental mode. Electronically enhanced voices, off skew beats, weird synths, dreamy ambient sounds and just plain silliness take over and the whole thing sounds like Nurse With Wound doing dance music (Check out NWW's Rock N Roll Station, a good point of reference - which was also released the same year). In Particular, 'Alles Ist Schoen' sounds like one of Ash Ra Temple's early side long drone pieces - tho more updated - flowing synths, with a quiet, bubbling beat underneath....very special indeed. Another good reference point for some of the music here would be updated dub music, particulalry some of Lee Perry's weirder stuff from the mid to late 1970's. I'm actually finding this album quite hard to describe, however, the best thing to do is just buy it and see for yourself....it would be worth it - top notch Orb!
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Blood & Sand
Blood & Sand

5.0 out of 5 stars The Grey Wolves do atmospheric, 1 Jan 2004
This review is from: Blood & Sand (Audio CD)
Wonderfully restrained cd in contrast to the usually harsh electronic capers of The Grey Wolves' other albums. Supposedly based on what was going on in the Gulf War back in 1991, this cd was reissued in time for the last Gulf fiasco - is it over yet????? Anyway, this cd works so well from a lot of the Wolves' other stuff as its more restrained, less abrasive and seems to actually use harsh electronics is a more palatable way. Just 2 long tracks (56 mins in total), this is a side of the Grey Wolves that i love and hope that they can produce something as good as this again in the future. However, if you can find their 'Division' album, that was released in 2003, then get that - much harsher than this, but pretty damn great.


Transparent
Transparent

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harsh....but fair!, 1 Jan 2004
This review is from: Transparent (Audio CD)
Great early Coil material. Coil at this time was John Balance and John Gosling (who were both still in Psychic TV at the time) and who also played gigs as Zos Kia. Here we have a number of tracks recorded live (Berlin 12.83 & London 7.83), a rehearsal track and a few studio efforts - its all good - some of the tracks went on to become official Coil material ('Sicktone', 'Here To Here' etc). The music on offer here is much harsher than the Coil we now know and love and a lot more like early Psychic TV. Sleazy Christopherson's involvement at this time was limited, tho he did mix a few of the tracks on this cd. Well worth purchasing, if only for the interview inside the booklet, which give's a great appraisal of Coil's early period. Fascinating!


Moon's Milk (In Four Phases)
Moon's Milk (In Four Phases)

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seasons in the sun, 1 Jan 2004
Fantastic 2CD set, collecting 4 cd ep's together. Throughout 1998 & 99 (i think) Coil released 4 ep's - one for each season - of beautiful tonal, experimental, atmopheric music, which earned them great respect and many plaudits. Frankly i had lost interest in Coil before this period, and it was these ep's that got me back into them. As a collection, its an absolute joy to have them together and proves that Coil are one of the finest bands around.


Live One
Live One

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coil move into 2000, 1 Jan 2004
This review is from: Live One (Audio CD)
2 live shows from Coil from 2000. The first, Royal Festival Hall, 2/4/2000 was originally released as a freebie with the first copies of 'Musick To Play In The Dark Volume 2' and is in a similar vein to the 'Queens Of The Circulating Library' cd - 3 very dreamy, atmospheric pieces. Disc 2 is live in Barcelona 17/6/2000. It's more of the same, but a little harsher - not as atmospheric, sharper - more experimental. Maybe they were trying to impress Karl-Heinz Stockhausen, as he was in the audience at the time. Great stuff, 2 great shows and a worthwhile listening experience.


Windowpane & The Snow
Windowpane & The Snow

4.0 out of 5 stars LSD remixes, 1 Jan 2004
This review is from: Windowpane & The Snow (Audio CD)
Remixes of 2 tracks from the 'Love's Secret Doimain' album. The 'Windowpane' section of this cd is 3 tracks that have been remixed by Coil and irregular Coil contributor Danny Hyde - each of these tracks are in the disorientated techno realms and are reletively 'of their time' (early 90's) - however, they are still worthy enough for regular listenings. 'The Snow' section is more of the same, though through the nature of the track itself, they are more atmospheric. These tracks have been remixed by Sleazy Christopherson, John Balance & Drew McDowall & Jack Dangers from Meat Beat Manifesto. Generally a very good cd, tho a little dated sounding as i said - but still worth repeated listenings.


How to Destroy Angels
How to Destroy Angels

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric dreamscapes (ouch!), 1 Jan 2004
This review is from: How to Destroy Angels (Audio CD)
Not an EP as the description suggests (its about an hour all told). Six remixes of the Coil track 'How To Destroy Angels' - by the group themselves (3 by John Balance + 2 from Sleazy Christopherson) and 1 from Nurse With Wound's Steven Stapleton. You've got to be in the right mood for this type of music - tired and requiring something atmospheric and not too demanding, that will just wash over you - but when it works, it really works - an interesting and enduring cd that gets better with each suitable listen - just don't fall asleep during 'Tectonic Plates', as it will really wake you up!


Gold is the Metal with the Broadest Shoulders
Gold is the Metal with the Broadest Shoulders
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: 52.94

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure gold, 1 Jan 2004
Possibly my most favourite Coil album. This album is supposedly a collection of extra's, left over's and alternative mixes from the 'Horse Rotorvator' sessions - however, pieced together it is one of the most interesting releases of the genre (in my opinion). Some of the technology the boys were using at the time (early to mid 80's) was quite primitive (fairlights, crap drums machines etc), but what they made with what they had was simply excellent. My favourite tracks are 'Cardinal Points', a beautiful, sweeping orchestral piece, arranged by Billy McGee who worked with Marc Almond a lot; 'Red Slur' (an alternative version appeared on Horse Rotorvator) with its slightly reggae-ish beat; and 'Metal In The Head', with its hillarious boxing chat - buy it only for that....v funny indeed. Overall a great album and one of Coil's finest.


Unnatural History Vol. 3
Unnatural History Vol. 3
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Price: 97.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Part 3!, 1 Jan 2004
Unnatural History part 3 - and they just keep coming! The first 2 tracks ('First Dark Ride' & 'Baby Food') are demented 'dance'/trance music - though 'Baby Food' is beatless - and from 1993. Next up is 'Music For Commercials', which is music recorded by Coil for TV commercials during the 80's and was actually used in some cases. However, we all know what the music commercials use sounds like, so don't be expecting anything special - in fact, i usually skip over this track as i find it annoying! Track 4 is a remix of Panic, from 1984, which is not dissimilar to the original, however a decent enough track. 'Neither His Nor Your's' is from a compilation album from 1985 and is a rougher mix to the version included on 'Gold Is The Metal'. 'Feeder' is a track recorded with Chris & Cosey and originally found on their 'Core' collaboration album - pretty nifty stuff it is too. 'Wrong Eye' & 'Scope' were originally released as a single and are the product of a studio jam from around the time of Love's Secret Domain' - and probably my favourite tracks on the cd. 'Meaning What Exactly' was originally meant for LSD, but left off and 'Lost River's Of London' was from the vinyl version of 'Black Light District', but not on the cd. Overall a very good collection and if they'fd missed off the awful commercials track it would have got a full 5 stars.


Unnatural History Vol. 2
Unnatural History Vol. 2

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Part 2!, 1 Jan 2004
Unnatural History part 2 - and nearly as good as part 1. This collection kicks off with 'Red Weather' from 1983 - a meandering swap infested space, which is very 'of the times', but still a nice place to start. Next up a real treat, Theme From Blue pt 1, from the Derek Jarman film 'Blue' (though not sure if it was actually included in the film) - this track dates from 1993 and is a sweet slice of 'dance' music - the final track is Theme From Blue part 2, which is much longer and ends up as a bizarre piece of techno - fantastic! Inbetween these 2 tracks we have a few oddities - from compilation albums ('Another Brown World' & 'Contains A Disclaimer' - both great) and 'Airbourne Bells' a single b'side. However, the centre piece of the album is the inclusion of the 'Unreleased Themes For Hellraiser' tracks - 9 tracks that were originally intended for the film of the same name and which were left out of the film, either because they were too scary, or that the movie company wanted someone more well known to do the soundtrack - both have been used as excuses for their none appearance. Either way, these are 9 very special pieces of music, which are generally chilling and would have sounded perfect as part of the soundtrack to that film. These tracks sound like more recent Residents recordings, if they had been recorded during a bad LSD experience - hmmm.... Taken out of the context of the film that they were supposed to have beena part of however, they are not as interesting, but still worthwhile overall. Generally a good collection of tracks included here, but i would recommend Part 1 over it.


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