on 13 November 2013
Ok, call me biased as I have been the biggest Cabs fan of all their stuff since first hearing Sensoria which blew my mind back in school back in the eighties but this release is truly great. Yes I originally bought the vinyl back then, then the CD releases of each album and then everything I could get my hands on since (including RH Kirk's solo stuff) but and I am sure others will agree I just had to have this and in my opinion it is well worth the money. Beautifully packaged with a real quality feel about it and that most iconic of Cabs images on the front, its like a work of art. As for the music well what can I say that has not already been said. The remastering in my opinion is perfect, everything sounds really clean and not overproduced with a rich wonderful depth to the sound just adding to the fact that the music is still so relevant and fresh thirty years on and never sounding better. This period when Cabaret Voltaire were signed to Virgin was the time when I first came across them and is a great place to start if you are new to the group ( but perhaps check out the re-issues of the albums individually before shelling out on the boxset ). The music, electronic, twisted dance whatever you want to call it was and still is amazing and like nothing you will ever hear and I was lucky enough to work with Mr Kirk briefly back in the nineties (an incredible experience I will never forget) and all I can say is the Cabs are one of the greatest electronic bands ever, whose huge influence on electronic/dance music should never be forgotten.
on 17 February 2014
This music was the backdrop to my upbringing: living in Sheffield and the desire for new music - music to dance to. Had these already on vinyl but this box set of cds, dvd and booklet was well worth the money. Nearly all the music from 1983-85 and it has been well worth revisiting again. But the big bonus was the dvd of 'Gasoline In Your Eye' - now I can get to watch it anytime, anywhere.
If this is your first time for this band then buy the 'The Orginal Sound Of Sheffield: '83 / '87' for this box set is for those who know the band well.
on 16 December 2013
Firstly I have the original vinyl of The Crackdown, Micro Phonies, Drinking Gasoline & Covenant the Sword and the Arm of The Lord. All fantastic...and all played to death. So brought C.D. versions & oh! dear they simply didn'tsound right, thin, empty & gutless. So when I first heard about these re-issues / remastering I was both looking forward to them & a bit concerned. So pleased my concerns were unfounded, this set is simply fantastic! The music has been given the respect it deserves. The sound has depth, warmth & plenty of punch. Then the other C.D.'s, the 12" mixes here sound better than ever & the "Earthshaker" C.D. I found really fascinating hearing early versions or a different take on familiar tunes. Then if that's not enough there's the "completisum" card to download four tracks, nice touch. Then the DVD's Gasoline in your Eye was great to watch again.I havan't had time to watch the other one with two live shows so can't comment on that yet. The book that comes with it was a nice read with great photos & original album artwork in 12" size. Again a nice touch. All in all a very well put together set. I wait in anticipation for the next Cabs box set in 2014... I WANT YOU!