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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B000005RDV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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When godfathers of goth Bauhaus initially issued this insidious opening shot, it virtually changed the face of the UK independent music scene overnight. Choice elements of punk, glam and metal were stripped to their barest bones and infected with a virulent strain of sonic spite. Statuesque and skeletal lead vocalist Peter Murphy roars with a passionate commitment that's nothing short of blood-freezing as Daniel Ash provides spiky shards of fractious guitar dissonance. "Double Dare" with its ponderous and menacing overdriven bass riff is malicious doom incarnate. The blistering, adrenal rush of the title track further intensifies the melodrama, "The Spy In The Cab" is a brooding slice of claustrophobic art school minimalism and "Stigmata Martyr" a genuinely disturbing, blasphemous plummet into "crucifixation ecstasy". Even today, this cobweb-strewn Dead Sea Scroll of Goth retains its rare, ignominious appeal. --Ian Fortnam

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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For a long time I had a copy of the original review of this album from "Sounds"(remember that)which gave this album one star and had a very fetching photo of Kevin Haskins.
And here we are 30 odd years later with another one star review!I'm amazed that the funny little band that saw me through the last couple of years of school have become so lionised (particulary by our American cousins).You can't knock this album as it sounded like nothing else then and holds up well even today.
Like the Beatles(!) a remaster has been a long time coming but let's hope it sounds better than ever.
I dare you !!!!
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Having had the original cd for years out of sentimentality I bought this for the extra bits and bobs and because I'm a sad old thing but was pleasantly surprised that the remastering has returned the sheer power to the tracks that I had forgotten completely,it now sounds almost like a different record(showing my ae there!).
Buy it now.
Lovely box by the way which seems to have been assembled by small children in a craftwork class.
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By A Customer on 27 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Peter Murphy may get bored In the Flat Field, but you would need to be part of the undead to not appreciate the uniqueness and vitality of Bauhaus's debut outing. Prior to the release of this album in 1980 I caught them as a support act to Magazine in Bristol Trinity Centre and was blown away by songs like God in an Alcove and In the Flat Field. The songs are stripped down with scratchy guitar sounds and pounding drum rhythms. This CD has the added benefit of containing one of my all time favourite singles, Terror Couple Kill Colonel. If you want to dip into the world of Bauhaus, buy this and the singles, as you need to hear the classic Bela Lugosi. Bauhaus were the original goths, nothing gets remotely close.
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Format: Vinyl
This UK release is from the original label, 4AD, and consists of the album both on VINYL and also on a bonus CD. It uses the 2008 re-master that was also used in the OMNIBUS In The Flat Field edition. The artwork has been carefully replicated from the first editions and included the inner bag. If European customers are thinking of buying a copy from the USA in Marketplace then be careful - the USA copies do NOT have the bonus CD.
For the quality of the music I'll simply quote Ned Raggett's review in All Music Guide. "Few debut albums ever arrived so nearly perfectly formed; that In the Flat Field practically single-handedly invented what remains for many as the stereotype of goth music -- wracked, at times spindly vocals about despair and desolation of many kinds, sung over mysterious and moody music -- demonstrates the sui generis power of both the band and its work. This said, perhaps the best thing about the album isn't what it's supposed to sound like, but what it actually does -- an awesomely powerful, glam-inspired rock band firing on all fours, capable of restraint and complete overdrive both, fronted by a charismatic, storming frontman...In the Flat Field started off Bauhaus' album career with a near-perfect bang."
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Format: Audio CD
Yes, I am a major fan (have been since '79) so any re-release is worth every penny to me.
This was an axcellent album when it was first released and this 'version' has had a lot of research put into it. This release is more of a project and Bela was not included because it did not fit in with the timescale of the project and there is no live concert cd like there is with Mask (this is due to the fact that any recordings of their early concerts were on poor quality tape)
This album release and Mask were put together for the die hard fans so dont expect the unreleased music to be anything more than what it is.
If you want more and want Bela, then by both cd's together from Beggars Banquet and get a lovely bonus that isn't available elsewhere.
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By A Customer on 25 May 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Having just bought the CD some 24 years after originally buying the album... I am shocked at how good it still sounds. They were my favourite band of the time and Pete was a great showman.
The atmosphere they whipped up was always dark and sensual unlike the bleak, hopeless but brilliant Joy Division which were also the talk of the students union bar. Fantastic; buy it, buy it all.... as for Goths, dont think the word really existed at that time so stop making comparisons.
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What a legendary band - and a truly fantastic album. Bauhaus have to be heard to be believed, and this album is as good a starting point as any. They are extremely theatrical, yet without any silly pomp and ceremony. In fact, their music is often stripped right down to the bone - see Spy in the Cab. No goth band since Bauhaus has managed to create such an intense atmosphere, which is why this is a must-have for true fans of the genre. But even the term 'genre' is restrictive, for Bauhaus cast off the shackles of convention and instead do their own thing. Imagine a twisted, demonic David Bowie and you don't even come close. The genius of this band lies in Peter Murphy's incredible versatile vocals, which range from the deepest guttural sounds of Transylvania to a pixie yell. The guitars are brilliant, the bass lines are amazing, and the drums are real - none of your synthesised rubbish for Bauhaus! Buy it and savour the delights of songs such as Double Dare (a real killer riff), Stigmata Martyr (exquisitely scary), Nerves (builds up to a terrifying finale) and In The Flat Field (truly amazing). Bauhaus are more than goth - they are experimental art rock, and anyone missing them is missing out. Buy it and savour it.
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