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  • Audio CD (14 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Phoenix
  • ASIN: B003MPB3BU
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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This was recommended to me by a friend and I'd read that Julian Cope was a fan too so I thought I'd give it a go. Heavier Than A Death In The Family is quite possibly the noisiest album my delicate ears have had the pleasure of hearing...roughly recorded guitars summon up a psychedelic whirlwind of noise while hypnotically repetitious bass lines guide you through the tracks lengthy wig-outs. As mentioned in other reviews this album certainly won't be for everyone, the music itself is pretty challenging but above that the actual sound quality at times makes you question whether someones put chewing-gum all over the disc! Give it time though and the 'poor quality' of the recording becomes an essential part of the experience,drawing you into it's hazy, distorted world. My favourite track at the moment is probably the sixteen minute long closing beast 'Ice Fire'. Imagine one of the slightly weirder bands on the sixties-garage comps like the 'Trash Box Set' playing live but longer, stranger and altogether more psychedelic...then imagine they recorded their set on a dictaphone in a wind-tunnel and you're halfway there...
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I heard about this amazing recording via Julian Copes wonderful Japrock sampler (this album was no 3 on his top 50)and decided to check it out. The first track (Strung out Deeper than the night) starts with skittering drums and pulsing waves of feedback. A simplistic bass line then drops in and pulls the whole "song" along giving the track melody and an almost dub like feel. Then the insane freak out guitar violence screams out of the speakers before an unsettling, echo soaked vocal line comes in. All this and rather a nice tune to boot.

The second track (The night collectors) starts up with more feedback before rocketing off into space, powered by crashing drums and a booming bass line and weird vocals. The guitar work again is amazing. Mizutani's guitar sounds rather like a vacuum cleaner plugged into an amp.

Anyway I won't go into great detail on every single track but the overall Rallizes sound is to my ears brutal but beautiful. Imagine Sonic youth and the Velvets jamming in a dark tunnel, amps cranked to the full and belching out the sort of sounds that you would never have imagined could be produced by stringed instruments. Then imagine a strong wind blowing through the tunnel, add a whole lot of melody and you have a basic grasp on the Rallizes sound.

Truly underground music at its very best.
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Let's start by saying - this album is utterly amazing. To some, it would appear as badly recorded noise, almost unlistenable even. However to others, it is some of the most beautiful music ever made by human hands. Takashi Mizutani is a legend. I never knew such sounds could be coaxed out of an electric guitar. Yet, Les Rallizes Denudes are so off the radar of the average person (I almost feel I'm whistle-blowing by even posting an Amazon review) that I have never even seen Mizutani mentioned in any Lists of so-called top guitar players or Rallizes mentioned in the UK music press. (If I am wrong on that, I will stand corrected) And I guess that's the way most Rallizes fans really want it to stay. The last thing we want is someone like Fearne Cotton breathlessly telling her listeners about an "amazing Japanese band" she's just discovered. Five out of the six tracks are (to my ears) from the legendary "Le 12 Mars 1977 a Tachikawa" album, but IN MUCH IMPROVED SOUND on "Heavier". This really is music to separate the men from the boys. It is musical Marmite - you will either love it and want more and more, or you will simply hate it. End of.
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The other reviewers are spot on & have impeccable taste in music.

The sounds on this CD are amazing. Anyone who is curious about guitar playing that stretch the sound boundaries of that medium in pure distortion/overload terms should give this a listen or a thousand.

I think all the tracks on this also appeared on the Live 1977 double cd. That release has one extra track on it. Although because of the nature of the minimal credits on that release, it's kind of hard to tell. I may be mistaken.

There are only a few other 70's recordings I've heard that in no way sound like they were recorded in the 70's. If that makes sense. One other one is the Saints' first record (I'm) Stranded, although that is a straight up rock record.
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Just great
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