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  • Audio CD (24 Feb. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Touch & Go
  • ASIN: B0000019HM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 963,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
After the irritating pestilence of 'The Visitation', Chrome should have disappeared into little more than a record collector's footnote for those bitchin' hand stencilled covers. Instead, they found Helios Creed fighting over the same pile of discarded electronic garbage in the Tenderloin. Using every quarter they could bum from in front of the Mitchell Brothers theatre to power a slick and polished visual campaign based on Xerox copiers, they proceeded to record these jaw-dropping aural spectacles. Lacking fans, a public stage, academic credentials or any strategic engagement with the music business, the band transmogrified from the gypsy moth which eats a leaf or two into a city raping Mothra. At the time, absolutely nothing sounded like it and the globally scattered 200 (maybe) who understood what they were hearing recognized what a rupture it was. While strictly adhering to the accepted conventions of rock, the guitar-solo on 'Nova Feedback' can make you weep, there is zero sense that the sound was connected to, came from or was going towards another musical dialectic. It would be years before people comprehended the music and sufficient resources were devoted to even understanding who the characters were. Unfortunately, time has been cruel to the source recordings and all reproductions have suffered noticeable and differing degradations in sonic quality. Purchase of the vinyl originals, themselves poorly made, is required. Critical to understanding music recorded after 1985.
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Half Machine Lip Moves was Chrome's 3rd album and definitely one of their best. It's chock full of tv/radio samples, frantic punk riffing and far-out electronic effects amongst other things which resulted in a very off the wall but influential album. Chrome were a big influence on people like Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Steve Albini(Nirvana producer) and Metallica to name a few. Chrome were way ahead of their time, this album was released in 1979 but still stands up now. I'd not hesitate to recommend this CD to any indie rock fans.
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Play the first three Chrome albums in chronological order to hear how they developed their sublime science fiction sound. They took the hard-rock chug riffs of Hawkwind and alloyed them to splintered edits, backwards tapes, disembodied voices and all manner of studio effects... tape splices, sudden cuts and super-distorted vocals. The first album The Visitation is entry-level Chrome. When I first got this album way back in 79 (AFTER I had obtained the second two) I thought it was a bit too tame and pedestrian. After 30+ years I revise that opinion and would say that I rate it as thee great lost album of the 70s. Its got the razor guitar riffing, pre-punk vocals, sci-fi obsession and hints at great things to come. Someone should put this out on cd pronto.
Alien Soundtracks is a giant step forward. Helios Creed had joined by this point and he contributes his trademark acid guitar sound. The album concept is way more sci-fi with maybe some kind of story being told but really its all about the ur-metal riffing, the catchy-as-hell vocals and of course the mighty Chrome fx.... the sudden edits, tea-tray drum sound and mutant, dislocated voices.
The third album Half Machine Lip Moves is their masterpiece as far as I'm concerned. Nobody in the last 30 years has beaten this sound for sheer out-there sonic bravado. Every track... every second of the sound is packed to the gunnels with crazed invention. Its an out-and-out LSD and speed album. The sound is deranged, crude, shrill, explosive and damaged. At the same time it's beyond punk and metal while incorporating elements of the styles. There's very few examples of the one-riff/one song linear type of songwriting. Nearly every track goes off sideways in search of ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reissues 9 Jun. 2000
By Dave Lang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An excellent twofer containing the second and third Chrome albums from '78/'79, this is an essential purchase for anyone craving more experimental rock stylings. Originally formed prior to the punk boom of '76, the San Fran duo of Helios Creed and Damon Edge really found their feet with these two classics, and unfortunately never hit the same peak in their subsequent careers (though late '80s/early '90s Creed recordings are well worth checking out). Featuring a mix of sci-fi rhetoric/paranoia, screeching, primitive electronics, recorded-in-a-basement noodlings, and touches of krautrock (can, faust, neu, amon duul 1, etc.), hendrix and the stooges, this collection of songs work brilliantly on two levels: as an example of pure, indiluted experimentalism brimming with ideas; and as some of the best "rock" songs - riffs 'n' all - ever written. Got this reissue when it first came out in 1990 and STILL play the thing more often than I'd care to admit. Fans of krautrock, Residents, Nurse With Wound take note...
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album 9 Mar. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the only chrome album you need. this is very unfortunate, because it's such a good album, you're gonna be tempted to try to buy another chrome record, you'll think "i know what that guy said, but come on the other albums have to be worth something..."no they don't. This is a great example of a band reaching a very early pinnacle and plummeting from it into the abyss of crappy heavy metal ripoffs. About the album itself, sure kraut rock does this same stuff a few years earlier, but come on...isn't fist full of dollars the same plot as yojimbo? the fact that they are compared to faust and amon dull shows how few people where doing this amount of psychedelic mindmessing back then. this album rocks your socks off and dissects your brain. ignore the bozo who complains about the crappy drumset. if you're looking at this you like punk rock/kraut rock (something out of the ordinary), whatever. leave the people with the 4000 dollar instruments at the music store, let them have there 5.1 audio bs, you could play this on a one speaker fried casio boombox and it would still sound good.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These guys were the fork in the garbage disposal antidote to the slick polish of Journey 7 Feb. 2015
By P. Aaron Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
CHROME in all their WAY AHEAD OF THEIR TIME glory. Hard to believe these guys preceded punk. These guys were the fork in the garbage disposal antidote to the slick polish of Journey, Boston, Styx and all the other perfect music out at the time.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AFTER RICHARD WAGNER COME CHROME + HELIOS CREED 23 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
HERE GENIUS !! INCREDIBLE MUSIC IN THE UNIVERSE...FOR LONG TIME
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Future shock 9 May 2002
By Robert Schell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Listening to this makes me think of Mad Max -- stay with me on this one -- both are low-budget, crudely produced, somewhat dated, but still compelling visions of the future from the late '70's. Believe the other reviews as to how good this is -- this is not just amazing music, but seminal, and way ahead of its time, boldly kicking real rock music into the space/computer age. Granted, there had been earlier future-shock groups (especially in the Kraut-rock movement), but Chrome was the first to really ROCK. But let me emphasize, this is seriously crude. It sounds like the drummer, Damon Edge, was playing on a pawn shop drum kit that hadn't had its heads changed since the 60's, and the whole thing sounds like it was recorded in a basement, which I suppose it was. But then, maybe that crude D.I.Y. cyber-punk quality has a subversive charm. Come to think of it, this would have made good soundtrack music for Mad Max.
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