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Tour De France
Tour De France

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 13 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Tour De France (Audio CD)
A lot has already been written about this release, so i'll keep it short and to the point. Overall, i think this is a wonderful return from one of the most important groups in music history. Each track segues into the next seemlessly and the 55 minutes fly by. There have been suggestions that a lot of the music here sounds the same - well, being a kind of concept album surely that's not such a difficult thing to understand. There have also been suggestions that other people are doing the same kind of thing. Well, maybe so, but each track has that special Kraftwerk touch that makes it so special and more worthwhile than simmilar musics. Stand out tracks - Elektro Kardiogram, Le Forme & Aero Dynamik. Superb!


Discriminate
Discriminate
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £69.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection, 13 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Discriminate (Audio CD)
33 tracks from one of the most interesting and underrated British bands of the last 20+ years. Tracks range from 1982's Joy Division-ish 'Till The Living Flesh Is Burned', on to the mid 80's keyboard led 'Torture By Roses' through to the lush arrangements of their 90's work ('Leopard Flowers', 'Luther's Army' etc). Douglas Pearce is a wonderful songwriter and has been completely ignored by the British music press - it's a disgrace really, as the man has more talent in his little finger than most of the over-hyped rubbish, that get the plaudits, could ever muster. This is a great place to start your Death In June collection, as it covers their whole career (up to the late 90's) - but even if you have most of the tracks, but it anyway and listen, amazed at the genius of Douglas Pearce!
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Second Pirate Sessions
Second Pirate Sessions
Offered by CDandVinyl
Price: £19.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now that's what i call music!, 5 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Second Pirate Sessions (Audio CD)
Over 2 hours of music from the mighty Nurse With Wound. The original 'Rock N Roll Station' album (which is included here) was a huge surprise to NWW fans back in 1994, as it was so different from everything they had done before. It was originally advertised as a Nurse With Wound dance album. However, that's not strictly true - there are no Chemical Brothers remixes here! Basically, it's NWW using dance music ideas, but in their own inimitable way, i.e. WEIRD! It's more Chris & Cosey than Chemical Brothers.....but as i said, still retaining their unique oddity. NWW's subsequent album 'Who Can I Turn To Stereo' used similar structures, so if you've heard that album, you'll know what i mean (also if you have heard the previous album 'Thunder Perfect Mind' - track 2 of that is the closest to what we have here). The album works very well, as it doesn't kowtow to any basics of the day - it just sounds alien, as all NWW stuff does.
The 'Second Pirate Session' package includes an out-takes cd. This, i find, is as wonderful as the actual 'Rock N Roll Station' album and although some of the material is quite simmilar, it was a great idea to release as a whole. There is even a version of Frank Zappa's 'Trouble Every Day', under the title of 'Subterranean Zappa Blues' - it's an absolute stomper!
Overall, this is a fine release and one well worth getting even if you already have the 'Rock N Roll Station' album.


Merzbild Schwet
Merzbild Schwet
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £47.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Futurismo!, 5 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Merzbild Schwet (Audio CD)
This was Nurse With Wound's 3rd LP - from 1980 - and apparently recorded as Steven Stapleton (Mr Nurse With Wound to you!) was disappointed with parts of the, then recently completed, 2nd album (the only slightly less wonderful, 'To The quiet Men From A Tiny Girl'). Of the first 3 NWW albums it is this one that gives the most indication as to what NWW would achieve in the future. Track 1 opens with an LP record playing at the wrong speed, whilst simutaneously clicking, as if the record was scratched - obviously, this would have been more effective during pre-CD times, but it still works well here (i also wonder at how many of the people who have paid extortionate prices for the original vinyl LP may have felt at hearing this, thinking they have paid a hell of a lot of money for a scratched record!). A rather lush 60's organ/percussion backing is heard behind the slowed down vinyl effect and some foreign vocals enter the fray, as it turns into an easy listening nightmare!!!! This carries on for some time, with foreign language chatter & laughter added to the mix, as the cheesy backing band drifts out. With the rumbling of the slowed down record carrying on, a rather sweet organ tone comes to the fore. This is a very effective feature and it's a shame when it ends - NWW should have released a whole 'ambient' album in this nature! Slowly the tone is faded out and the rumbling dies down. Throughout the rest of this track a lot of phasing is used (i guess) to bring in spacey sounds and the rumbling of the slowed down record re-appears once more. This stops dead and some rather disonant piano work is introduced and carries on until the tracks end. Track 2 (my fave!) opens slowly, building up with the use of the phasing in and out of spacey sounds (again, i can only guess at the methods used!). A voice enters reciting some text, both in English and French - along the lines of 'We are in the country - before the first war or toward the end of the last century....' - interesting stuff. Throughout this, there are some interruptions from a sqwalling saxophone and piano - though they are merely there to punctuate the spaciness. This carries on through the 24 minutes of this track - just drifting, building and existing - it's very, very special and wonderfully evocative. The album closes on a heavily reverbed accordion - like an odd, spacey, sea shanty. This is a wonderful album and one that bears many repeat listenings. I apologise if my description does not do this album justice, i was just trying to describe what is going on throughout - it's not always easy to describe this kind of music - however, rest assured that if you like spacey avant garde dadaism, then this is the one for you! CLASSIC!


Mutant TG
Mutant TG
Price: £6.35

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TG 2004, 27 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Mutant TG (Audio CD)
I've been spinning a promo copy of this album (to be released in March 2004) for a few days now, and i've got to say.....it's fantastic! Tg's music has been given to a number of top remixers to play with and it works very well. All of the tracks retain a strong air of Throbbing Gristle without sounding too obvious or alien. Remixer's include Carl Craig, Simon Ratcliffe (of Basement Jaxx), 2 Lone Swordsmen and Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti themselves. The opening track Persuasion (originally from '20 Jazz Funk Greats' and remixed here by someone called Motor (?!?!?)) is an absolute stormer and a perfect way to start - a wonderful piece of electronica that's brash and all encompassing. Other highlights include both of Carl Craig's tracks - especially 'Hot On The Heel's Of Love', which sounds very similar to the original and lasts for 9 minutes - 'What A Day' (Hedonastik remix) and Carter Tutti's joint remix 'HotHeelsUnited'. Only The Two Swordsmen remix of 'United' is not really up to scratch, however, i'll let it off, as the other tracks are so good. Overall, this is a fantastic release and not only a testament to TG, but to those who have remixed them here - great stuff!


Ostenbraun
Ostenbraun
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £134.11

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DIJ vs LJDLP, 25 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Ostenbraun (Audio CD)
This is not strictly a Death In June album. Basically, it's Death In June material that has been remixed by Les Joyaux De La Princesse. If you take the keyboard parts from some of DIJ's mid-80's works ('Brown Book' or 'The World That Summer'), bring them to the fore and add some DIJ friendly samples (sound effects/spoken word etc) then you'd get the idea of what is on offer here. It's pretty special and rather atmoospheric - perfect for if you need something to just wash over you. However, musically it's not as important as say, 'Brown Book' or 'Wall Of Sacrifce', or others in Death In June's back catalogue. 'Ostenbraun' is very hard to find now, seeing as it has been deleted for quite some time - so, i would advise any fan to buy it if they saw a copy. For the beginner though, it would be best to start elsewhere.


The Wall of Sacrifice
The Wall of Sacrifice
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £82.22

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!, 24 Feb. 2004
This review is from: The Wall of Sacrifice (Audio CD)
That's all, just one word needed to describe this album ...stunning. From beginning to end, this album is a masterpiece and it's such a shame to think that not a great deal of people know about it. 'The Wall Of sacrifice' album came from a time (1989) when Douglas Pearce (who IS Death In June) was going through a difficult period personally. In fact, this was intended to be the final DIJ album - however, thankfully this was not to be and he returned a couple of years later, with the awesome 'But, What Ends When The Symbols Shatter'. The album opens with the 16 minute tour de force that is, 'The Wall Of Sacrifice'. The chiming of some clocks heralds the albums opening, and are joined by a piano and millitaristic percussion. This carries on for a couple of minutes, until we hear 'First you take a heart and then you tear it apart', which is repeated over and over, until war breaks out (literally!) - the track becomes a German history lesson - German millitary songs, sounds of bomber planes, a child singing in a foreign language (can't tell what - German??) and the return of the millitaristic drums/piano combination and the chiming clocks! Ok, so my description doesn't sound very cohesive, but it's a difficult one to describe. Basically, the track is a collage of war sounds and millitaristic percussion/piano. All very stirring stuff. Track 2 is 'Giddy Giddy Carousel', a much more straight forward track and one with a more familliar DIJ sound. Just simple accoustic guitar, some percussion and backing vox from the lovely Rose McDowall. 'Heilige Lieben' is, like track 1, rather different to what DIJ were doing at the time. An atmospheric, almost ambient drone, with Rose McDowall's vox appearing in the mix every so often. It's rather beautiful to be honest. Track 4, 'Fall Apart' is one of my most favourite DIJ songs. Simple accoustic guitar and Douglas on vocals. Just a great song really (if you can find the live double cd 'Something Is Coming', there's an even better version of this song on that release!). Next up is 'Bring In the Night' - it opens with some precission percussion - though dampened to not sound so rough. There's also a little bit of feedback, just to make things interesting - however, its quite restrained, just to create an ambience. We get some text from the wonderful Boyd Rice - such a great voice for this kind of thing. Rose McDowall appears again and livens the proceedings up even more - and Mr Tibet enters for the first time. The track comes to a close, the background hardly changing throughout....yet it's so appealing. Track 6 is 'In Sacrilege' - a nice vehicle for David Tibet, Douglas Pearce's former friend. Simple accoustic guitar work, with some feedback to liven things up a little. Nice track, not unlike something from Current 93's 'Earth Cover's Earth', from around the same time...but we don't want to talk about them! The last 'musical' track on the album is 'Hulo Angel', another favourite of mine. Again, simple accoustic guitar with Douglas singing - with some extra touches in the background. This track is also featured on Current 93's 'Crooked Crosses For The Nodding God'- damn, mentioned them again! The album closes with 'Death Of A Drummer'. Now this surely must have been inspired by Boyd Rice, as it sounds very close to something from one of his Non albums ('Blood & Flame', in particular). However, unlike Boyd's stuff, it's not just total all-out noise (no disrespect for Boyd with that, i like noise!) - as, included within the mix, are some samples of Germanic sounding anthems (forgive me if i am wrong). It's actually very reminiscent of 'Death Of A Man' from 'DIJ's 'The World That Summer', but with that added extra Boyd touch. Not easy to listen to, but enjoyable all the same! So....that's 'The Wall Of Sacrifice' for you. Certainly not the usual Death In June album - up to this point at least - and it took a while for them to be this different again - maybe not until 'Take Care & Control' in 1998 - or this noisy again, until certain parts of 2001's 'All Pig's Must Die'. This is what i love about 'The Wall Of Sacrifice', it's so different - track 1 is so different to track 2 - track 2 is so different to track 3 - track 3 is so different to track 4...and so on and so on. The first time i heard this - back in 1994, i think it was - it was such a breathe of fresh air and it felt like THE perfect DIJ album - or just THE perfect album. It really doesn't get any better than this folks! Buy it, enjoy it and realise you own something very special.


Planeten Sit in
Planeten Sit in
Offered by japazon
Price: £26.91

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another Kosmiche classic!, 24 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Planeten Sit in (Audio CD)
'Planeten Sit-In' is possibly - for me- the most interesting Cosmic Jokers album. Whereas the previous 2 albums ('Cosmic Jokers' & 'Galactic Suprmarket') had been about long drawn-out space jams, what we have here are a number of short, heavily electronic pieces, most of which are linked to the previous track. The album kicks off with a spiralling, piercing electronic pulse which leads into some stilted percussion jamming - which carries through into track 2. Track 5 - 'Raumschiff Galaxy Fliegt In Die Sonne' - is sci-fi music at its best - scary synth music that builds, until joined by some kosmiche jamming - it only lasts for just over 2 minutes, but its really very effective. It's only on track 6 that things return to previous Joker's territory. Track 8, 'Electronic News', is like some kind of Lee Perry mid 70's dub track, only more spacey. The rest of the album carries on in pretty much the same vein and reaches a climax with the 8 minute+ 'Der Planet Des Sernmadchens' - which throbbs and rumbles to a most satisfying end. A wonderful album and yet another Jokers classic!


Im Schatten der M÷hre
Im Schatten der M÷hre
Offered by KELINDO³
Price: £23.72

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EH????, 22 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Im Schatten der M÷hre (Audio CD)
You know, Germany has produced some wonderful music over the last 35 years or so - strange, seeing as David Hasselhoff is so bleedin' big over there! However, one of that country's best kept secrets is H.N.A.S. (or Hirsche Nicht Aufs Sofa, to give them there full title) - sort of an amalgamation of Faust & Nurse With Wound. H.N.A.S. started making music during the early 1980's, but, like Nurse With Wound, you wouldn't have thought so. It's all krautrock and cut and paste psychedelia - sounds fab, huh? 'Im Schatten Der Mohre' is one of their most well know and liked albums - though it's not a great deal different to others from around the same time. It's actually rather difficult to describe what exactly is going on here, as it cuts from one thing to another really quickly, BUT what we do have is a something that the aforementioned Nurse With Wound & Faust, The Residents, Zoviet France and even Stockhausen would be proud of....maybe! What we also get is just a whole load of fun...at least that what it sounds like to me : ) This was H.N.A.S.'s last GREAT album (the other's that follwed were merely excellent!) before they split in 1992, and with this one i would also highly reccommend 'Kuttel Im Frost', 'The Book Of Dingenskirchen' & 'Melchoir'.


Play the Hafler Trio
Play the Hafler Trio

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's it all about??????, 22 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Play the Hafler Trio (Audio CD)
One of H3O's finest - not even 'Kill The King' matches this beauty. Opening with sounds of waves hitting the shore and some quietly pulsating electronics, '...Play The Hafler Trio' is 63 minutes of just what you'd expect from this mysterious outfit, though done in a manner that you would not expect....get my drift?....No? Well, the world of H3O is rather confusing, as any lover of their music would testify. V. abstract, v. atmospheric, v. eerie, v. odd, v. pulsing, and, at the 39 minute mark, v. amusing (thank you Mr De Ridder!). Think quiet period Nurse With Wound ('Salt Marie Celeste'), think Zoviet France ('In Version' - 'Vienna 1990'), think a walk in the park, with some kids shouting a few hundred yards away, whilst the noise of the traffic builds - and you might see what you're getting here. Sound good? I should think so!


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