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5.0 out of 5 stars Play Dead were one of the better underground goth bands, 26 Mar 2002
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This review is from: Company Of Justice (Audio CD)
I cleaned out my shed yesterday and found an old version of this album. Its on tape and is just about still playing. Before the first track finished I knew I had to buy a copy on CD...When The Mission and The Sisters of Mercy were around in the mid to late 80's, Play Dead were one of the better underground goth bands and 'Company of Justice' was the best album they released. The atmospheric, effect-filled, 'wall of sound' guitars coupled with excellent lyrics and vocals really do still sound good. What I like most about Play Dead is the way they managed to sneak in superb tunes from both voals and guitars amidst dark and deep sounds. Company of Justice was recorded in 1985 and was possibly their finest studio LP. The bleak, almost final passion of 'Treason and Reward' to be found at the end of the album representing a peak to which few others of their time, or since, have aspired.
Buy it, you know it makes sense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premature swansong from a great band., 22 Nov 2007
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D. Wolfenden (People's Republic of Cheshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Company Of Justice (Audio CD)
Play Dead's final studio album, originally released on their own Tanz label, saw the band moving into more psychedelic territory after their previous work 'From the Promised Land'. Notoriously at the time, the legendary Conny Plank opted to produce the struggling Oxford boys' album over U2's 'Unforgettable Fire', as apparently he couldn't stand the idea of working with Bono! Plank's knob-twiddling certainly brings a distinctive and unified sound to CoJ, making the whole thing feel like a complete package, with a much more 'organic' feel than FTPL.
The album's opening track, 'Witnesses' is a confident start, demanding your attention, and practically jumping down your throat - a riotous four-minute slice of psychedelic rock. Things continue in a similar vein throughout in this consistently good album, with the menacing title track, single 'This Side of Heaven', the aptly upbeat 'Celebration' and a re-recorded 'Sacrosanct' (previously released as a single, and a live favourite) being the standout tracks.
Two bonus tracks feature on this CD: 'Last Degree' (B-side of 'TSoH'), and the wonderful 'Burning Down' (even if it is the inferior long version)which was their last single, released after the Company of Justice LP.
Sadly, and in spite of producing such a fine record, the band fizzled out after Company of Justice. They never really seemed to get the recognition they deserved, and were forever dogged by a perception of being a 'goth' group, which I guess was pretty frustrating for them. A listen to CoJ reveals a range of moods and textures which is very far removed from most things on the 'goth' scene at the time.
This album is a gem, I don't imagine (relatively) many people will ever hear it, but I envy those of you who have the opportunity to hear it for the very first time. Play it loud and enjoy...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The overlooked sountrack of the 80's, 20 Mar 2009
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D. L. Wilkinson "Dean" (London,UK) - See all my reviews
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Play Dead were an interesting band.Not happy as being considered goth but definitely of the 80's school of bands that were considered goth.Listening to them now it surprises how heavy they sound,not in the present day let's scream and turn the amps up to 11 variety,but in the contorted guitar tones,rhythmic power and dark atmosphere.As has been said before killing joke and the sisters of mercy are their spiritual kin but theres a pitch black funk in those basslines as well,especially on their remixes.
They still sound as good as in 85,somehow not sounding dated like many others
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