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5.0 out of 5 stars Give it some Head
Less sonically abrasive, more melodic and synth based patterns, this is almost ambient compared to...their earlier work. Ushering in another genre of sound this fits alongside the Metal Boys album as they shed the punk dissonance after being Metal Urbain to explore sexual pain.

Control and sexual torture disfigure the lurid lyrical observations throughout,...
Published on 23 Feb. 2013 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles

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1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - NOT, I REPEAT, NOT 'JAZZ FUNK'
I've always had a soft spot for Jazz Funk, my CD and tape collection is littered with classic albums from Heatwave, Level 42, Jamiroquai, Hue & Cry etc. I mean is there a more inspiring sound than a Fender bass guitar being slapped within a inch of it's life ??? So those of you who are familar with Throbbing Gristle can only imagine my absolute horror & disgust at being...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give it some Head, 23 Feb. 2013
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Audio CD)
Less sonically abrasive, more melodic and synth based patterns, this is almost ambient compared to...their earlier work. Ushering in another genre of sound this fits alongside the Metal Boys album as they shed the punk dissonance after being Metal Urbain to explore sexual pain.

Control and sexual torture disfigure the lurid lyrical observations throughout, whether they are hot on the heels of love or crying out for more discipline - the 70's double standards of social mores are explored to the hilt as the two dangly bits bob against a vacant whole. Whilst the music may be less harsh, as it tinkles across the keyboards the observed truths which are nodded to - however, are not. As they hover next to the suicide hotspot of Beachy Head, the band highlight the internal contradictions within the British social psychological system - the will to an ever-present destruction whilst appearing nonchalant.

Therefore do not expect to be uplifted in volume as they stroll through the tunnels of back-filled forgotten moments; and like a tomcat let out for the day after confinement, they come back smelling of musk with a dead sparrow clamped in his jaws, ready to drop at your feet.

As the albums moves onwards - Genesis builds up to spasmodic scream into the microphone, detailing a seething personal injustice - as he becomes locked into his internal voice. Then it connects back to the world of the old.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Throbbing Gristle bring you..., 15 April 2005
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Jason Parkes (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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'20 Jazz Funk Greats' remains one of the key albums of the late-1970s - predicting most of what was to follow (electronica, industrial, avant-garde, ambient, new wave etc.) & also being one of those varied long-players common to that era (see Can's 'Tago Mago', Faust's 'IV' or Eno's 'Another Green World'). The cover is very British, I think - the so-called 'wreckers of civilisation' - dressed in standard-dress of the seventies - some members look like they could be in The Fall, another a stock-hippy - while Genesis P-Orridge has a snappy white-blazer on (the white & the ironic title a deliberate move against the fascist-nazi tags being placated on TG due to songs like 'Zyklon Z. Zombie'). & Cosey Fanni Tutti remains the epitome of cuteness; the smile & the rest is put into context by the reverse of the cover (& the related pic of an abandoned Range Rover, nodding to 'Beachy Head')- the band stand in the same way as a corpse lies at their feet. & this is TG's most approachable album!!!!
The title track opens proceedings- an industrial-groove that was borrowed for Scritti Politti's 'The Sweetest Girl' starts, later followed by P-Orridge's atonal-violin & some syn-drums (that would later find their way into Joy Division; see 'Insight'). Someone whispers words like "jazz" and "funk" - the former predicting 'The Fast Show' then! TG sang when they felt like it, so 'Beachy Head' (named after the popular British suicide-point) drifts toward the ambient - after Eno & capturing the vibe of such a place (a body lies undiscovered at the bottom- no one stops you as you step off - no sound as you are falling...). This is most definitely after-Eno & along with tracks from 'In the Shadow of the Sun' & 'Journey Through a Body' is TG's most ambient-work (the violin lulls colliding with ambientelectronica could be seen to influence Silver Mt Zion or The Aphex Twin, say...)'Still Walking' shudders into life, a spoken-word vocal ups the sinister stakes as violin-drones (after Cale) drift in the background. Various TG-members speak the lyrics - another instrumental track ('Tanith') pops up next (this is the one that sounds like a Krautrock-vision of 'Headhunters' or 70s-Miles!).
A key TG-moment is next- the timeless anthem 'Convincing People', which was one of the few older songs TG played on their recent reformation (others included a vastly reworked 'What a Day'- much better than the one here & 'Hamburger Lady')'Convincing People' I've always seen as TG's defence of art - perhaps rejecting it all with "We don't want to convince people..." ; then again, it's probably about the Occult, or cultdom, or brainwashing...who knows? One that would fit on a playlist next to 'Rocket USA', 'Nag Nag Nag', 'Being Boiled' & 'Kitchen Person', however...'Exotica' is another ambient-instrumental exercise - Richard D. James was most definitely aware- it sounds like something from 1994's 'Selected Ambient Works II'!!! The classic 'Hot on the Heels of Love' is next - this featured on Rough Trade's excellent 'Electronic 01' compilation a few years ago (02 would be nice...) & along with 'Walkabout' (which also turned up with 'Hot on the Heels...' on the recent 'Taste of TG' compilation) finds TG in a realm not far from the hallowed Kraftwerk. 'Hot on the Heels...' as later tracks like 'Adrenalin' & 'United', most definitely predicts the so-called rave-culture that would develop in the mid to late 1980s (& people think New Order were electronic-pioneers? Yeah, after TG, Suicide, Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League#1, Kraftwerk, Ultravox!, Silicon Teens/The Normal, Associates, Neu! etc- all of whom were doing that before them!).
Many think this is TG's nicest LP, well maybe, but the lyrics to 'Persuasion' still make me feel ill - especially when set to a dirge (related to 'Hamburger Lady') & some screams. They appear to take a killer's perspective with lines like "I've got a little biscuit tin to keep your panties in/Soiled panties, white panties, school panties, Y-front panties..." This pre-empts similarly themed tracks by The Smiths ('Handsome Devil', 'Suffer Little Children') & pretty much pushes taboos as far as most have taken them in popular music. The version of 'What a Day' here sounds like the 70s-equivalent of 'Come to Daddy' or 'Temper Temper'; the recent Camber Sands-version (which intergrated 'Lazy Sunday' & seemed to rip it out of John Lydon) is much, much greater.
The album ends on the minimal-electro-dirge 'Six Six Sixties' - which features suitably terrifying guitar from Cosey Fanni-Tutti & then two-alternate live-takes of 'Discipline' - from Berlin and Manchester respectively. These alternate takes, as the many live-albums demonstrate, that the live-realm was particularly TG's forte - Grateful Dead for the punk-post-punk-industrial-etc.-generation...
'20 Jazz Funk Greats' remains a classic, do I sound like a care that the technology has dated? It probably is the most approachable TG-album, but still pushes the envelope with tracks like 'Discipline', 'Persuasion' & 'What a Day'. Without this, a lot of other bands and records thereafter may not exist, or in quite the way they are/were. Demented British-artists and their demented art...wonderful-
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ADORABLE COSEY FANNI TUTTI, 19 Jan. 2001
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Peter Uys "Toypom" (Sandton) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Audio CD)
I always laugh when I see this record (vinyl copy) and not only because of the amusingly deceptive title. The cover has the most hilarious pic of the band, with Cosey in a mini dress and silver high heeled sandals, with an enigmatic Mona Lisa like smile. The music is quite accessible, pointing in the direction of Chris & Cosey's later melodic excursions and not at all the tuneless noise of the earlier albums. It's less industrial and more electro, and all the better for that.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Radio Friendly Unit Shifter, 13 Jan. 2004
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Simon Greenwood (Leeds, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Audio CD)
TG eschewed the barrages of noise documented by their Annual Reports for one shot at a commercial record. 'Twenty Jazz Funk Greats' shows a quieter side to the band but is still riddled with the sickness that informed their obsessions and interests. The sleeve is a slickly corporate shot of the type that the band liked to produce but is informed by the fact that it was shot at Beachy Head, a major suicide location in the UK. The music is more like the later work of Chris and Cosey and Peter Christopherson's Coil than the Annual Reports or '24 Hours', mostly utilising 70s synths and beatboxes. It remains the friendliest point of access into TG apart from the posthumous 'Greatest Hits'.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Industrial as it was originally conceived, 2 April 2000
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This review is from: 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Audio CD)
This album, from it's polo neck cover through to the sick whine of frontman Genesis P'Orridge, is an ecclectic mix of ambient, techno/electro, power electronics and old fashioned industrial noise. With plenty of black humourous elements (sixsixsixties) and an spotlight on all aspects of social control, it is a must have for any true Industrial fan, or a highlight for someone interested in music in this vein. My only Throbbing Gristle album it stands proud in my CD collection, but it does suffer as it's very dated sounding now. If you enjoy analogue synth sounds it's definately one to get a hold of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Throbbing Gristle, 4 Feb. 2010
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Ms. Laili Kwok (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Audio CD)
Good album that arrived really promptly. 'Hot on the Heels of Love' one of the best tracks ever. Throbbing Gristle are geniuses.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3., 18 Mar. 2009
This review is from: 20 Jazz Funk Greats (Audio CD)
give your mum a break from il divo. buy her this. you'll be her favourite child then... for ever.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - NOT, I REPEAT, NOT 'JAZZ FUNK', 22 Jan. 2014
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I've always had a soft spot for Jazz Funk, my CD and tape collection is littered with classic albums from Heatwave, Level 42, Jamiroquai, Hue & Cry etc. I mean is there a more inspiring sound than a Fender bass guitar being slapped within a inch of it's life ??? So those of you who are familar with Throbbing Gristle can only imagine my absolute horror & disgust at being confronted with this, er, thing. The blame firmly lies with my local tape exchange who had filed this album under the category 'FUNK etc.'. Believe me, they got more than a piece of my mind the following day. No wonder record shops are closing down all over the country. Anyway, what of the "music" on display here? Well it's not even remotely close to Jazz-Funk, why they chose to title their record as such is completely unfathomable (and obviously misleading). No, what we've got here is a disturbed man wailing and moaning and sounding like he's stuck in a drain while all manner of drills, crashes and distorted keyboards spew-off in different directions while they attempt to hold all of this togther with the world's worst drum machine. I actually cried after listening to 20 minutes of this madness and showered for a futher 30 minutes. Surely the Trades Description Act (est.1968) would have paid them a visit by now???
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6 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is not a jazz cd, 6 Nov. 2001
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This is a truly stunning cd but it is not a jazz cd it sits uneasily between punk(home made) and electro noise
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