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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS HEAT = GENIUS, 31 Jan. 2007
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D. Kerr "blackantlers" (Belfast) - See all my reviews
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Abosolute Genius. The complete overview of their too-short lifespan. Deceit puts all modern rock/art rock/indie/avant rock/experimental rock/post punk to shame, Health and Efficiency is unmatchable, Repeat crosses divides, Made Available shows why Peel was the best and the live cd shows a band uncompromising, pushing the envelope that no-one has bettered in my view. I may be a slobbering wreck about this box set, but every penny spent has yielded a lifetime of aural rewards, and I cannot reccommend this enough. Essential listening in every respect. Too far ahead of it's time, only now is this music sinking in...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Embarrassment of Riches!, 15 Jan. 2008
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I just want to echo the sentiments already expressed; it's a beautifully assembled collection, featuring all the key recordings. The best full length disc herein is, to my mind, the epochal Deceit. The use of tape montage to contrast the studio recording and live performance of Makeshift Swahili, is an audacious touch. The Fall did likewise on Spector Vs Rector (Dragnet), and The Dead C, following both examples, reiterated this disjunctive approach on Constellation (Harsh Seventies Reality). Another favourite, is the aqueous, melancholy Not Waving, from the first album, which so clearly recalls Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom - an acknowledged influence. In short, this box, contains an embarrassment of Post Punk riches. It is galling though, to see review after rapturous review of dullards like Arcade Fire, when music of such glaring cultural import as This Heat gets a mere handful of responses! By the way, fans of this would do well to hear the excellent "All's Well" by Camberwell Now - the band Charles Hayward formed from the remnants of the final This Heat line-up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Heat - In From Cold Storage, 5 Oct. 2012
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G. Haines (UK) - See all my reviews
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Valuable to get all This Heats work altogether in a box set. It may have been a good thing that the mainstream wasn't interested in them so they weren't forced into making difficult choices and `selling their souls' like Faust. Some might say that everything seems to have been a struggle for TH and that without this their recordings may have lost their edge and not retained their spontaneity, dynamism, freshness and originality. If they had had some more money, however, who knows what they may have gone on to produce?
They posed many questions in their angry, suspicious at times paranoid collages of (often) found words, sounds, noise and often discordant/atonal music.
Horizontal Hold - Infernal noisy machines, marking out the pulse of work/life, redundancy - envy them their power and hissing dynamism - edgy guitar, churning keyboards and inspired drumming - reminiscent of urban inner South (East) London.
Twilight Furniture - driving, dark drumming with discordant twangs - describing the lies which kill, conspiracy theories and the evaporation of Trust.
24 track loop - compelling rhythms - dropped in and out of the mix - reminds me of the music to the 1963 children's TV programme `Space Patrol' - switch over to robot control - doors part and the robot puppets come on doing a happy jerky prophetic dance.
Fall of Saigon - did those diplomats really eat each other? - odd such dramatic world changing events only seems to have been written about by TH.
Health and Efficiency - a ray of sunlight, children playing, hope - amazing drum sound and inspired rhythmic `at times de tuned' guitar, especially towards the end of the live track.
Make Shift Swahili - all meaning Blitzkrieged out of language making it repetitive jargon - voices like distressed Daleks. The recording on Deceit, even from a DIY perspective, isn't good.
Sleep (death of John Lennon?) and Shrink Wrap - if you can't fight the advertising slogans and earworms distort them into saying something you want to hear.
S.P.Q.R - brilliant frantic/blistering guitar/shredded fingers - a little Latin goes a long way.
New Kind of Water - musical anti-nuclear manifesto - misunderstood `This welfare state is our progress' and thought it was `This welfare state is our demise' and thus considered they were saying that the welfare state was just another form of social control - highly anarchic or conservative. Felt so stupid.
Live 80 - 81 even though most of this appears to have been recorded on sub-standard equipment (sad because live they always seemed very particular about the quality of the sound) and their voices seem strained, it adds to the energy and immediacy of the tracks. Added to this members of the audience can be heard having urgent conversations whilst TH desperately scream and play their guts out.
There should have been a film based on the TH's view of the world - wearing moth eaten track suit tops and bottoms long before the evolutions of the shell suit, or looking like piratical industrial operatives just off the night shift from a nearby loading bay.
TH, for me, were the end of an era - nothing after TH seemed so daring, risky, challenging, exploratory or experimental. Following their demise the world of music became more `conservative' and new bands and artists (with ever more new sounds at the press of a button) merely seemed to resorted to imitate what they saw as the safe `cash cows' of the past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Link, 1 Dec. 2006
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This Heat always were the missing link between Krautrock and New Wave,

art rock and punk. If you move to the Liebzeit groove then Charles Hayward will rock your socks off. Sometimes abrasive, always original and challenging, they were one of a kind. This is by far the most comprehensive collection yet, and bound to be a collectors item soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this heat, 16 Mar. 2008
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simply incredible, this should be in everyones collection, it still sounds revolutionary today and is still breaking rules and challenging listeners.

couldn't be more recomended
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last, 6 Jun. 2006
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Russell Richardson (NYNYUSA) - See all my reviews
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After some inevitable production delays, I finally received the boxed set yesterday.

In the best sense of the word, there were no surprises, and while it's amusing to think that old This Heat fans like myself are supposed to have become 'comfortable' (the whole boxed set concept) rather than terminal homeless down-and-outs, it's still not bad value for money. beautifully packaged, and some great lo-fi gig recordings.

It seems rather a hermetic exercise, 'reviewing' a set like this. Either you like This Heat, in which case this set is really indispensible; or you've never heard of them, in which case, a six disc set is probably a first step too far. get the blue and yellow singleton.

But 'Health & Efficency' finally available in more than 3" version...

I hope the members of the band didn't bankrupt themselves making the package, and can at least enjoy a few drinks down the pub on the proceeds.

many thanks.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must have, 4 July 2006
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G. Williams "drumbomajor" (North Wales, thankfully!) - See all my reviews
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If you have never heard This Heat then do so. The most underrated British band in history. Jagged filth and very amusing lyrics. If you like stuff like Hatfield you'll appreciate this band. If you never heard of Hatfield And The North then maybe you need to prepare yourself for having your mind opened.....it will lead to many hundreds of new CDs in your collection :-) Start with this one.
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