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5.0 out of 5 stars Industrial pioneers show the young pretenders how it's done., 14 Feb 2002
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I first heard this record coming through the wall from my flatmate's room. I demanded to know what 'that racket' was and he played it to me in it's entirity at full volume. I've never looked back.
Dark, hypnotic and on 'Fourth Shot' bloody scary. This is the best debut set I have ever heard. It ranks up there with the first Stooges and Suicide albums.
If you have any interest in avant garde/ electronic/ industrial music this is an absolutely essential purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good now as it was then, 13 Oct 2005
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I am originally from Sheffield and must have see the Cabs' live about a thousand times in the late 70's and early 80's and this album captures that period extremely well. All the tracks are equally as good and the album is particularly good on headphones as there are a lot of layers to the tracks that youd don't hear as good over speakers. The album sounds as though it was 'recorded in black and white' if that's possible to say. It also very much reminds me of their gigs that often started and stopped without you realising it and had a strange, eerie edge to them. Excellent stuff that stands the test of time,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Abrasive Iron Wheels, 21 Nov 2011
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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Velvet underground in conception and execution rather than those who copied the note structure; hey there wimp pop? The Cabs purloined the ideas of the sixties irregular timepieces and then reworked their alchemic experimentation into this thin transparent slice of early period, late 70's nostalgia for a dark age yet to arrive. It formed was in the sewer pipeline and then broadcast with all the pathos and paranoia of a future yet to arrive.

This is the original artefact of the blasted industrial era, harsh, abrasive and full of electric sparks,a form of post Steam punk, decked in transistors rather than braided with the valves or blast furnaces. As the modern production has become more sophisticated these slices of life take on a museum type aural quality, as time recedes, it reveals finally a banality of forever stretching grey ideas.

This has the buzz of the analogue twiddle, kept in tight formation with the formal bass, the template for much that was to come - Einsturzende Neubauten, Test Dept- the next generation of begoggled industrialists who took the elemental charts from this template. Then they were refashioned upon a hammer and anvil to create another skeletal structure.

Time has marched on, and these bands now reside in broom cupboards, locked into these forums. At one point they were vital in providing a brutal direction to a different event than the hand clappy disco euphoria of the 80's. The Cabs eventually succumbed to the dictates of the shoe shuffle beat.

On this record they are playing to the resonances of the Central Nervous System rather than the groin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss...., 30 May 2011
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I first heard this album as a teenager, in 1979. It blew me away, and even today has such a darkness to it, yet it takes you to another place. CV remain "the" greatest Industrial band, and this is living proof of just how good these guys were. Fourth Shot is the best track, but it's the sheer inventiveness of the music that leaves a lasting image in the mind.Bliss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE most inspirational soundtrack, 9 July 2008
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C. J. Van Hall (Arnhem, The Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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Cabaret Voltaire's Mix Up, was one of the most inspirational music I found at the time. Once I heard this, it opened up the love for 'the other side of music'. The choreography of sounds and rhythms creating a view of its own. Yes, like a soundtrack. The distorted sounds in the music gives it a rough edge, but beauty is certainly there aswell. To me it was the most inspiring music to start Super 8 filming at the time. Once I put on this Mix Up and Voice of America, the images bubbled up, and has been put on film (later used together with other experimental/industrial bands and was a start off for me working with modern dance choreographers). This music is so strong, that you will be in a Cabaret Voltaire mood for a while...at least for the day. Since music from the 80's is still a hobby and a life-style to me, Cabaret Voltaire is still looking after me. They made such great records in the early 80's that I can recommend the newbies to start just here, and...please get the groove and the images of Cabaret Voltaire! It is also a perfect soundtrack for any mute tv-series or film on tv. Just put the record on and the sound from tv low or off...and you automatically start to wonder what the actors are actually on about. It all starts to look so cynically hilarious from the soundtrack point of view, that you never stop wondering about it. I shared this and 'entertained' a few friends of mine this way, it becoming great steamy evenings. Have it your way though ! But it IS a five star record, it 100% is !! Make it worthwhile.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Expect Nothing', 17 April 2009
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There are very few things I know about Voltaire: he was a great liberal social reformer and philosopher, and a big buddy of Montesquieu.
That's about it.
Quite where that leaves us as far as 'Mix-Up' is concerned, I'm really not sure.

Industrial Sheffield, part of the grim North of England (indisputable no 1 - Cabaret Voltaire cannot come from London); much rain, unemployment, grim humour, Sean Bean and despair. A fabulously fertile breeding site for a music (irrefutable no 2 - Cabaret Voltaire are not a pop music entity) such as 'Mix-Up'.
Smog seeps from the cd case when you open it; some-one speaks, steel, knives...

The first I heard from Cabaret Voltaire was 'Baader-Meinhoff' around the reign of Queen Victoria (disputable no 3 - Q V never went to Sheffield) and it had an effect along the same lines as 'Transmission' or 'Porno-Base'.
A loosening of brain cells to an accordance; a way of thinking which is easy to calmly analyse now - but when you're a boy...you leave the lights on.

Yet again all experimental roads lead to 23 Skidoo and the monolithic 'Seven Songs' (hopeful no 4 - 'Seven Songs': I will cease to be obsessed by it), and although 'Mix-Up' is less of a party, they share kinship in the most observable way. Art school pseudo-punk white noise, discordantly sieved through Can and Suicide and the results seized on by self-satisfied, university educated, middle-class music journalists - and projected.

'Kirlian Photograph' opens 'Mix-Up' and leads the way for the accompanying 'Eyeless Sight,' 'Photograph' and 'Capsules' as the album's central spine (grateful no 5 - that the titles give so much of the album away and saves the reviewer having to think of words).

This is one of a number of Cabaret Voltaire albums (indispensable no 6 -'Voice of America') which any great sensible will buy immediately and quizzically imbibe to oblivion.

Voltaire probably enjoyed the classics, but I don't know what he'd make of damp Sheffield and a group of 'musicians' who distrust the very fundamental concepts of melody and cohesion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 15 Jun 2004
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For me this is one of the best Cabs albums. It comes from what I would class as their early middle period (1979) when they were beginning to learn more and more about recording techniues but not so much that it knocked off the rough edges. Every track is good and there's a much more varied range of instruments/sounds on offer than their earlier stuff. The album sounds particularly good over headphones or in a darkened room or something - very much like a sound track album. I am originally from Sheffield and I saw them about half a dozen times around this period - always very original and challenging. Gone are the days when you could pay your 50p and hear this stuff in the upstairs of a pub or in Bar One at Sheffield University!
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