20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe reissue of classic deleted 1992 album
`Jehovahkill' advanced on the double-album format of the previous year's `Peggy Suicide', Cope undergoing an epiphany & going upwards at 45 degrees after a minor-diversion towards the mainstream (see autobiography 'Repossessed/Head-On'). Cope had some success with `Peggy Suicide', delivering an album in phases, & `Jehovahkill' both advances & continues that. The `Floored...
Published on 1 Oct 2006 by Jason Parkes
35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst 'remaster' so far
This album is a total classic and represents a significant highpoint in the extensive back catalogue of Mr Cope. However, the new (2006) Island/Universal 2CD remaster is HORRIBLE. As reported here and elsewhere, there is clearly audible distortion throughout all of the first disc (the original album) plus some of the second disc (bonus tracks). It reduces the sound...
Published on 8 Jan 2007 by the mild-mannered janitor
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe reissue of classic deleted 1992 album,
This review is from: Jehovahkill (Audio CD)`Jehovahkill' advanced on the double-album format of the previous year's `Peggy Suicide', Cope undergoing an epiphany & going upwards at 45 degrees after a minor-diversion towards the mainstream (see autobiography 'Repossessed/Head-On'). Cope had some success with `Peggy Suicide', delivering an album in phases, & `Jehovahkill' both advances & continues that. The `Floored Genius'-compilation had sold well & the `Jehovahkill'-tour, which had epic shows, sold out. So, why was Copey dropped shortly after the release of this?????
`Jehovahkill' has dated wonderfully - & along with `Peggy Suicide' and '20 Mothers' was his most consistent album of the 90s (the others were good, sometimes great, but with poor moments). Cope & long-time collaborator Donald Ross Skinner with drummer/saxophonist Rooster Cosby are the band for this album, which advanced Cope's autogeddon/megalithic/enviromental concerns & comes with a booklet leading towards Cope's books `The Modern Antiquarian' and `The Megalithic European': stone-circles, pre-Christ cross, quotes from forward-thinking drudes like William Blake & Philip K Dick...
The music sounds great now, it has dated brilliantly- it's easy to see an influence on the Radiohead of Kid A/mnesiac here: `Poet is Priest' is futurist-dance music with a hint of krautrock that Radiohead would do now to acclaim, `No Hard Shoulder (To Cry On)' meanwhile has a mindblowing guitar sound that prefigures records like `OK Computer'. Cope is acoustic here (the beginning of `Soul Desert' - whose title is taken from Can - to the humorous `Julian H Cope') - but the album flows between these points. There are spacerock-inflected instrumentals (`Necropolis', `The Subtle Energies Commission'), divine alt-pop (`The Mystery Trend', `Slow Rider', `Fa-Fa-Fa Fine') & strange psychedelic droning classics like `Know (Cut My Friend Down)' & `Gimme Back My Flag'.
The stand-out tracks for me remain the immense `Upwards at 45 Degrees', which moves from acoustics to full on rock mode; the epic `The Tower', 10-minutes of what The Doors would sound like if they'd been Can & single `Fear Loves This Place'- which is a wonderful anthem...
`Jehovahkill' is a wonderful album- it deservedly did well on a recent poll of the best albums ever on Cope's Head Heritage website- & sounds simply perfect now! `Fried' used to be my fave album of Cope's- it's been a brilliant career- but `Jehovahkill' pretty much slays that now I think! `Jehovahkill' was the last record Cope recorded for a major label: their loss!
This welcome reissue comes with a bonus disc that fans will adore, fourteen tracks include out-takes and rarities as well as an alternate version of `Sqwubbsy' from `Droolian',a track called 'Michael Rother' in tribute to the Neu! member (anticipating the later penchant for Krautrock & Death in Vegas' 'Sons of Rother'), the great cover of the 13th Floor Elevators' `I Have Always Been Here Before' (from the `Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye' compilation and featuring Cope's brother Joss on backing vocals), and `Fear Loves This Place' b-side `Paleface' that has been hard to find for years. In all, a must have and definitely my favourite Cope-album in the definitive form...quite handy since my ancient cd (the original purchase of which found me going into a WhSmith in Marlow to have a look, leaving my bike unlocked outside...which some %%%%%% nicked in the minute it took for me to check Smiths didn't have it!)plays very little of 'Phase Two' and won't let me download 'The Tower' either...An album that makes more sense when you think of acts of more recent years in similar climes: Super Furry Animals, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Strangelove, Ultrasound, The Beta Band, Dog Man-Suede etc...
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cope meisterwerk!,
This review is from: Jehovahkill (Audio CD)Can't believe that 'the early nineties' is so darn long ago! Anyone who has the older versions of this album (I had it right from the day of release, when it came in a blue box) should seriously consider investing in this. As well as the original album, which is every bit as good as the other reviewer says, is a second disc, which is a contains all those tracks from those long-lost 'Fear Loves this Place' EPs, which are just fascinating. Cope is shown in full creative flight. A great document! Topping the disc is a long (over 20 minutes) version of standout track 'Poet is Priest', which I know will get played over and over agin by me . . . like the recent Orb reissue, I'm finding disc two is even better than the original album.
The music is all over the place, a real patchwork of garage, Krautrock, folk, melodious pop - the lot. Even if you've no idea about what the lyrics are about (and they aren't as opaque as you'd think) the music is enjoyable and even (dare I say it) frequently beautiful. The lyrics are easy enough to get if you've read 'The Modern Antiquarian', which Cope was working on at the time. My taste was more to 'Peggy Suicide' and '20 Mothers', but hearing this great set again has dislodged themfrom the top! What a unique talent the Arch Drude has. These various 'Deluxe Editions' are the most enjoyable thing to come out of the record industry for years, and I truly hope it's not long before 'Peggy Suicide' gets the same treatment.
UPDATE!!! Since writing this review after hearing it a few times, I read a few more by other listeners. Some reviewers are noticing low level crackling on parts of the album. I've relistened to mine, and yes, it is there, most obviously on the last track of disc 1 and a couple of tracks on disc 2 (not the ones recorded on a dictophone!). But to be honest I hadn't noticed. Maybe this will be rectified by Island, but for now I'm happy enough with what I've got, and consider myself fairly fussy. Consider it one star docked, and if you can hear a copy before deciding to buy, all the better.
35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst 'remaster' so far,
This review is from: Jehovahkill (Audio CD)This album is a total classic and represents a significant highpoint in the extensive back catalogue of Mr Cope. However, the new (2006) Island/Universal 2CD remaster is HORRIBLE. As reported here and elsewhere, there is clearly audible distortion throughout all of the first disc (the original album) plus some of the second disc (bonus tracks). It reduces the sound from a £2000 CD+headphone system to that of a cheap MP3 player. Actually, no, a cheap minidisc player - it really is that bad. It is not possible to exaggerate the appalling downgrade in sound quality compared with the original 1992 Island CD. The recording has been mastered at ludicrously high levels which, sadly, seems to be the current vogue, but quite how no-one at Universal quality control let this distorted mess reach the shops is anyone's guess. The distortion is not present on the original release. The fault has been reported on Copey's own website, on Steve Hoffman's forum and on numerous entertainment retail sites. DO NOT BUY THIS CD. Pick up the original album as a used CD and download the bonus tracks. A CD sounding this bad offers absolutely no incentive to pay for music from a major record company.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Copes world and beliefs,
This review is from: Jehovahkill (Audio CD)Julian Cope has beliefs that are part of his being. They are deep and religious, and affect his life at every stage.
This album lets us into his personal mindset, beliefs and fantasies. It's a great ride.
It kicks off with Soul Desert and never looks back. Searching, in the modern world dominated by rigid religions and worship of single gods, for a belief that rings true. Crop circles, higher beings (maybe extra terrestrials), the inner life of the earth, and the people of old with their stone circles and undogmatic earth worship allow this album to rinse away the current century.
So he's an old hippy then? Yes, suppose though. But not one of those bewildered old dope-addled old farts clinging on to the free sixties. There's intelligence in the lyrics and there's belief and sensitivity. The music is almost all played by Cope and takes the listener along with gentle melodies and crescendos.
It's one of the albums that takes a while to get to understand where it's coming from, but worth the wait. Love your Mother Earth. Can't think of an album that's gone where this one is, so full 5 stars here.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Reissue...Buyer Beware!,
This review is from: Jehovahkill (Audio CD)I was thrilled to learn that Island Universal was issuing my favorite album of all time in an expanded remastered edition. My excitement was subsequently squashed when I read various comments concerning distortion throughout the release, and sure enough my copies have the same problem. This release has crackling throughout, totally overloaded, and not just during the noisy parts. It sounds like a copy ripped from very old vinyl.
The unreleased songs are welcome, but if you're only interested in the actual 'Jehovahkill' album stick with the original 1992ce version.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, ruined by overloaded & distorted remastering,
This review is from: Jehovahkill (Audio CD)I'd heard great things about this album and decided to get a copy, having missed out back in the early 90s. It's an amazing album with great lyrics.
But what on earth has happened during the remastering process? The entire first 5 seconds of track 2 is totally distorted, and high frequency 'crackling' distortion is rampant throughout the album. Which is a real shame as the excellent bass makes you want to turn the volume up, only to get beaten across the head with a jolt of hifreq noise. Once again some dumb sound engineer has decided to maximise the volume recorded to CD, giving us zero headroom for the huge dynamics on the album. Dropping the recording 3 to 6db would have fixed this problem.
Why not rip music if it sounds this bad? This quality of mastering by deaf engineers is killing music, meaning this actually sounds better as an MP3 than on CD or LP (much like all Coldplay's recordings, and other 're-masters' in this series). Sorry, I must disagree with E. Reitz as the problem isn't that it's been ripped from an LP - I reckon that would calm down the treble & sound wonderful.
So now I'm chasing after the original CD of Jehovakill so I can hear the music as it was meant to sound. And I'll be getting a copy of Peggy Suicide before they decide to destroy that too. And if any sound engineers want to get in touch, I've got some second hand £200 studio monitors that'll help you!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Cope,
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This review is from: Jehovahkill (Audio CD)I think this album may be underappreciated by some, but it stands among his better works in my opinion. The remaster does sound better, but may not necessarily be worth the premium price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars After this Sid, Rocky Cope was never the same,
This review is from: Jehovahkill (Audio CD)Jehovahkill begins like a direct continuation to Peggy Suicide and it is all over the shop too, but it seems to work. Minimalist compositions here I like best and they are in majority. Moving into what he later described as the second part of a trilogy of albums (Peggy Suicide / Autogedden), Jehovahkill sees Julian Cope's focus shift from environmental collapse to raging against the destructiveness of mainstream religion and an attendant celebration of earlier, heathen impulses.
As with Peggy Suicide, though, the music is what is first and foremost, and following that earlier album's success Cope was on a roll. With only Skinner and Cosby making up the core band this time out, plus a variety of guest performers. If Jehovahkill isn't quite as perfectly balanced as Peggy Suicide, it comes darn close, definitely leaving the late-'80s trough behind. Cope's voice is again at full strength, whether gently singing or just going all out; here he's able to do both as the song amps up further about halfway through. From there Jehovahkill move through three phases, much like Peggy Suicide was divided into four. The overall tone of the record is looser than Peggy, with Cope's various celebrations and condemnations often sounding like they were captured on a first-time run-through. He sounds like he's more performing intense rituals instead of songs, the chameleon strikes again. Cope is a volatile creature but is also powerful and, strangely, coherent adding some krautrock jams to his signature alt rock songs with strange psychedelic effects.
He's still perfect at stylization and you still have to try and guess who's he impersonating in some songs. The lyrics are significantly weirder on "Jehovahkill" - they're full of religion, mysticism and aliens, yet are very witty and ironic. This could have quite easily been used as the musical score to Lord of the Rings. This album is a fantastic mix of keyboard effects, jazzy beats, occasionally powerful yet sometimes nonsensical lyrics, and varied guitar playing make for a very different album. After years of being a "Pusedo" drug-addled space case, a newly sober Cope found social consciousness and a sharp musical focus with Peggy Suicide. Now, on Jehovahkill, an overwhelming sixteen-song cycle that picks up where Peggy Suicide left off, he again couples lyrics of inscrutable power with music that is both eclectic and tightly tailored to his songs' many moods. In a wash of everything from cheesy organ and sinuous psychedelic guitar to techno beats and the reverberating stream-of-consciousness monologues that wander without warning, Cope has packed Jehovahkill with enough musical novelty to keep listeners guessing and intrigued. Cope makes effective use of the ever-changing arrangements. Cope wears different hats, but his styles never clash. He's elusive in his music as well as in his lyrics, hitting hardest when he's simply intoxicated by the sound of his voice forming words.
This was the last time Cope would ever be so focused, before becoming a cartoon hippy religious bashing Nazi a parody of himself and his so called heroes.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cope's finest creation,
This review is from: Jehovahkill (Audio CD)THIS ALBUM IS PERFECT
No record collection is anywhere NEAR complete without it.
Uniquely & superbly one of the VERY BEST 10 ALBUMS IN THE WORLD!
First get JEHOVAHKILL, then go for 'Peggy Suicide' and then 'Autogeddon' - truly a trilogy beyond compare.
Most of his other many MANY albums are EXTREMELY DIVERSE in style; some you may possibly love more than these three but others you'll likely hate but there's only one or two I personally dislike.
The deluxe version here is also worth getting, if not only for the sublime spoken word track 'Starry Eyes' - a profound testament to todays alienation within 'society' - You are not alone!
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