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The Rhinohead (PILooski Remix)
The Rhinohead (PILooski Remix)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 6 Feb. 2015
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It's a cracker!


Movement [Collector'S Edition]
Movement [Collector'S Edition]
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's another story, some of it is blurred., 29 Jan. 2015
I bought Movement on vinyl when it was released back in late 1981 & have been playing it regularly ever since.

Despite being totally overshadowed by the subsequent Power, Corruption & Lies LP (& the attendant Blue Monday 12" of course), it's this early embryonic era of New Order that I always find myself revisiting - possibly because I was still very young (13 or 14 years old) when I first heard these astonishing songs & found myself indelibly marked by them somehow. Though understandably transitional & often ill-defined, the album & singles gathered together on this latest "collector's edition" make up some of my favourite music of the last 30-odd years, & though the band themselves have always claimed to be rather underwhelmed by much of it ("We were happy with the songs, not all happy with the production" - Peter Hook) it has nonetheless retained a smouldering emotional intensity - an anger, almost - that's difficult to overlook. Combine that with Stephen Morris's ferocious percussive ordnance, Gillian Gilbert's icy & magisterial synths, the secluded crepuscular vocals, & the first tentative appearances of the pulsing electronic bass-lines that would define their later records, & you have a spellbinding suite of sombre but hypnotically beautiful songs.

Though Movement's production may seem frustratingly murky in comparison to the luminous PC&L it's nonetheless invested with a consuming & seductive mystery that the later album lacks.
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From the Parish of Arthritis
From the Parish of Arthritis

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5.0 out of 5 stars One punch, lights out., 28 Jan. 2015
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A genuine (for a change) "lost classic". 15 long years elapsed between my hearing The Bitter Springs' excellent "It's Business" single on John Peel's show back in 1997 & finally purchasing From The Parish Of Arthritis (for mere pence c/o Amazon) but it was worth the wait. It's a remarkable LP, a near-flawless suite of lyrically acerbic songs that, for me, flies a similarly ragged flag of punk-informed (& fiercely independent) "rock" to those hoisted by Vic Godard's Subway Sect, Davy Henderson's The Nectarine No.9 / Sexual Objects, Birmingham's marvelous Nightingales, & The Fall before M.E.S. lost the plot. I could even hear Robert Wyatt singing a few of these songs - lofty praise indeed (& what a collaboration that'd make).

An excellent LP by a very fine band, long may they grumble.


Viet Cong
Viet Cong
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2.0 out of 5 stars Inane pastiche., 21 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Viet Cong (MP3 Download)
Virtually every hook on this "hotly anticipated" new LP has seemingly been half-inched from some other (superior) act's record; lyrically they appear to have fed Unknown Pleasures & In The Flat Field into a bargain-basement random prose generator & sung the first thing it spat out; production-wise it sounds like a flood-damaged Interpol cassette. Dismal.
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Simply Thrilled: The Preposterous Story of Postcard Records
Simply Thrilled: The Preposterous Story of Postcard Records
by Simon Goddard
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

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4.0 out of 5 stars In a nutshell., 20 Jan. 2015
Mr. Goddard's facetious romp tickled by plaid-bedecked fancy, & then some.

Though his mulberry prose may irk drearily obedient mirth-starved puritans of rock-doc academism, it perfectly befits his waspish quarry - it's a laugh-a-minute cavort for post-punk quinquagenarians everywhere!

Three cheers for our side.


You're All Over
You're All Over
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 17 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: You're All Over (MP3 Download)
Fruity melancholy.


The La's
The La's
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5.0 out of 5 stars Callin' All., 11 Jan. 2015
This review is from: The La's (Audio CD)
The further back into the fog of time (& memory!) this LP retreats, the better it seems to become.

Words like "brilliant" & "masterpiece" are tossed around on the 'net far too readily nowadays, but The La's is inarguably the former & almost certainly the latter.

It's not perfect - after all, the best way to hear these remarkable suite of songs would be for the band to crowd into your living room & play them live for you, neatly bypassing the record's muddled production job - but nonetheless it remains one of the best British debut albums of all time, right up there with The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Crocodiles, Psychocandy, & perhaps even The Sound Of Fury (yes, really).


Primal Scream
Primal Scream
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4.0 out of 5 stars I've got the blues for you baby., 4 Jan. 2015
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Primal Scream's eponymous 2nd LP has always suffered unfairly from (i) disgruntled floppy-fringed C86-ers* bemoaning the band's move from Byrdsian jangle to Dolls-ish raunch, & (ii) confused Screamadelica converts wondering where all the house music beats & good vibes have disappeared to (though the re-moulded "I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have" would subsequently provide the foundations for "Loaded" of course).

Reviewed on it's own merits - as all P.S. albums ought to be as they're all so stylistically diverse - it's actually a very good record, superior (probably) to both their stilted debut (whose great songs ruined by a laboured production) & their later flirtations with Stones-y rockism. Admittedly there's nothing as gloriously anthemic as "Rocks" here, but the desolate ballads ("You're Just Too Dark To Care". "You're Just Dead Skin To Me", "Kill The King", etc) are breathtaking.

(* I was one of these for many years, sorry Bobby.)
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The Spacey Bruce Lacey: Film Music And Improvisations- Volume 1 and 2
The Spacey Bruce Lacey: Film Music And Improvisations- Volume 1 and 2
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Lacey., 30 Dec. 2014
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Certainly not an easy listen, but anybody with an interest in "out there" improvisation & DIY electronica will enjoy this, I'm sure.


Door, Door
Door, Door
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4.0 out of 5 stars Somebody's watching., 24 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Door, Door (Audio CD)
I have to concede that I hated Door, Door when I first heard it, back in the early '80s when I was a snotty, Birthday Party -worshipping delinquent - in fact I ended up giving my original vinyl copy away in disgust (!). However, despite the protestations of Herr Cave, etc for the last 30-odd years, time has actually been relatively kind to it & it's actually a very fine late '70s new wave LP. There were certainly a lot worse British bands of a similar ilk foisting their dreadful records upon us back then...

Providing you don't approach it expecting to hear the genesis of Junkyard herein, & that you bear the band were still teenagers when they recorded it back in 1978/79, I'm confident you'll appreciate it's "period" art school pretensions & sophisticated pop-punk melodicism.


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