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Compass/Kum'Pas

Compass/Kum'Pas

1 Jan 1980
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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1980
  • Release Date: 22 May 2008
  • Label: Mercury Records Limited
  • Copyright: ℗ 1980 Mercury Records Limited © 2008 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 40:58
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  • ASIN: B003W5MARQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,788 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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I can't review this album objectively, it's been an almost private affair for so many years now.
Is it a lost eighties classic? It might well be, especially for fans of Teardrop Explodes and/or OMD. In fact I'd not realised until recently that the founder members of Dalek I Love You were guitarist Alan Gill and bassist David Balfe, later becoming 2/3 of Teardrop Explodes along with Julian Cope.
If you like music that's left of field, odd, quirky and inventive then you should check this out. I wish I had noticed when this came out on cd as I only have the it on cassette (!). Buying it as an mp3 download is great but may seem overpriced to the just curious.

The self-titled follow-up is also good though not as wonderful as this in my highly biased and personal opinion (and none of the original lineup are on it so really it's a different band). Now that one I have on vinyl...if only I had a working record player.

Here's the bio from AMR by Jason Ankeny:

Like so many memorable bands of the post-punk era, Dalek I Love You emerged from Liverpool, England, rising out of the Eric's Club scene which also launched Echo and the Bunnymen and the Teardrop Explodes. Formed from the ashes of the group Radio Blank, Dalek I Love You was founded in November 1977 by guitarist Alan Gill and bassist David Balfe; while Balfe wished to call the band the Daleks, Gill preferred Darling I Love You. Upon reaching a compromise, the duo recruited keyboardist Dave Hughes, synth player Chris "Teepee" Shaw and a drum machine, completing the first of many fluid line-ups.
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If ever there was an album that cements time and space, this is it! The time: Mid-to-late 1980's, the space: Dark.

There are a handful of albums from the 1980's that simultaneously stand head and shoulders above the rest, while (equally) hiding In the shadows. Compass/Kum'Pas is a skyscraper in the dark corner, and one to be included in this number.

Less is more, and this is never been more powerfully evident than in the overall 'tone' of this album. Think of The Cure, minus the rhythm section. The album starts with "The World", which beckons the listener into the (nearly) empty room that Dalek I open up to us. The album then trails us through "8 Track", "Destiny", "A Suicide", then hits us with the unexpected and sub-whacky "The Kiss", subsequently the record unrolls the utter beauty of "Trapped" and "Two Chameleons". From then on the albums songs alternately lurch, and sneak, into Your consciousness, scuttling into the album closer "Missing 15 minutes" which is a monster of a piece, consolidating all the themes explored on the way, culminating in this phenomenal track. Dalek I save the best for last, and you will applaud them for it!

As an album, It is superb, intelligent, complex, and the music is simply, and elegantly beautiful. On a par with Pink Military's " Do Animals Believe in God?", and Pylons, "Gyrate". By the way, There is a spoiler-alert for any Kinks fan in the form of "You really got me", be warned.

I love this album. The vinyl version is still one of my prized possessions! If you've never heard it before and are intrigued by 80's alternative/industrial/bleak rock, then I thoroughly recommend you listen to it in one go, and sitting in a dimly lit room, it is truly atmospheric!
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Like the other reviewers, this has stayed with me since I bought the LP in Glasgow in 1980. Stunning, moving, stripped down electronica. Will always be in my top five albums. Engaging, fragile, searing, beautiful. Well worth the MP3 download price given that the long since deleted CD fetches enormous amounts of money when one occasionally surfaces !
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Perhaps one of the greatest albums of it's age. One that has been with me for thirty odd years and still has the capacity to move me after all that time. It should be regarded as a classic!
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It really is great. A forgotten, overlooked classic. Moody, atmospheric, euphoric. Still sounds as fresh as it did all those years ago.
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