- Audio CD (3 Feb. 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Hidden Art
- ASIN: B00006LIBX
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,758 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
The Fire This Time
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Three years in the making, THE FIRE THIS TIME utlises music, samples and narration to deconstruct the Gulf war, reveal mass media propaganda techniques and illustrate the subsequent devastating effect of sanctions on the people of Iraq.
....a landmark CD....more relevant, more essential now than ever....a masterpiece.... -- THE BIG ISSUE / BIG ISSUE NORTH December 2002
....a shattering protest record.... - 4/5 -- UNCUT MAGAZINE - December 2002
....an amazing double album which should be issued to every citizen of voting age.... - 10/10 -- MINISTRY OF SOUND MAGAZINE - December 2002
....if such voices of dissent were allowed to be heard, the world might not be in such a state... -- THE WIRE MAGAZINE - January 2003
....immaculately produced....needs to be heard.... - 5/5 -- MUZIK MAGAZINE - December 2002
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I first heard the track 'Get Thee Behind me' by Soma on John Peels Radio 1 show. I loved the way the dance tracks, sound clips and narration sit so well with each other. The best thing is, unlike Paul Oakenfolds 'Urban Soundtracks' the narration is the modern history of Iraq, so is a great way of getting facts in your head about the situation and the events surrounding the first gulf war. The fevour of the dance music sits well with both the gradually building and often erratic political shifts in the Gulf. Each track acts as if a 'chapter' in the story.
The album is definitely biased against the Americans - no bad thing I've heard some people say. Some of the facts mentioned may be questionable, and because of the release date the narration obviously doesn't cover recent events. Whether there will be a 'The Fire Next Time' album remains to be seen. I hope so.
And if you're not into all that, CD2 doesn't have the narration on it... The musical side of the album is also pretty good. I'm a fan of 'The Box' track and Aphex Twin is always good value, but without the narration, there are better albums out there. It's the fact that the album is really making a point, and putting a view across which otherwise probably wouldn't get heard - that is the important thing the makers are trying to do.
The album is split into 2 discs, the second is the instrumental cd, but the first cd has a narrative about the history of conflict in the gulf; how America have created the current situation by influencing other countries; setting up a pr campaign to make Saddam Hussein out to be a cause for concern.
I would urge everyone who has more than one brain cell and is able to question the motives of western governments to listen to this cd.