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Before making his eleven solo albums, Peter Murphy founded Bauhaus and after the bands breakup in 1983, he teamed up with Japans former bass player Mick Karn to form Dalis Car. Beggars Arkive have compiled a 5-disc box set celebrating his first five albums: Should The World Fail to Fall Apart / Love Hysteria / Deep / Holy Smoke and Cascade. The box, capturing the first ten years, is simply titled Peter Murphy 5 Albums. Each album features bonus tracks comprising of period rarities including original demos, single B-sides, early and alternate mixes and many previously unreleased recordings including Critic s Choice , Groovy Place , Sail On White and a full band take on Cool Cool Breeze. This set also features many production roughs of Peters final album for Beggars Banquet, the sublime Cascade, including a stunning seven minute plus early take of the title track, appearing here under its working title of Satin Nights . This five CD set is packaged in a hard-cover book and is a fitting tribute to the first decade of Peter Murphy as a solo artist.
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I don't think anyone could complain about this box set, with its humble price tag and gorgeous packaging, it should appeal to not only the devoted but also to the curious. Beggars Banquet have produced a wonderful package and as one reviewer said, "This five CD set is packaged in a hard-cover book and is a fitting tribute to the first decade of Peter Murphy as a solo artist".
One could use a myriad of adjectives to describe these 5 Stellar Albums (and their bonus tracks too). However I would prefer to quote the following, "The proof, as always, must come with the eating, so I suggest you claim your portion and relish it".
Print on the sleevenotes is tiny. A bit of background on each individual album would have been welcome. Murphy, for instance, was semi-obsessed with Brian Eno (well, aren't we all, darling) and had approached him for production on Love Hysteria but got no response. Just as well, because it's brilliant as it is.
I'd also have liked the extra tracks from the original vinyls to have been included. Like the live version of God Sends that was on one of the singles' b-sides.
But it's great to have these albums in one place and listen to them in order. "Should The World..." is sounding better than it ever did before - I guess it's a grower. Love Hysteria is still a winner, and Cascade is just fantastic, released when goth was probably at its least fashionable, it transcends its genre as well as its era.