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"Persian love" contains the most throbbing, incandescent vocals that one may ever be priviledged to hear, coupled with ecstatic trademark czukay guitar riffs and a pungent mix of special effects.
I have stunned many people with this track over the years.
You buy it, hear it, you can do the same.
View the album as a whole and you will find its influence in such a lot of contemporary music, much the same as the film "Brasil" did for modern cinematography>
I only write this due to my astonishment at the 2 star review already posted. Please ignore and enjoy this magnificent album.
For anyone who loves this album and is thinking of getting a nicely remastered version of this to replace an old lp or cd or is simply tempted by the bonus track I'd say, do buy this but keep the old one. Because the whole album is a different mix, well worth having as an alternative version. And the mastering is inevitably better. As it says in the booklet, buried on page 9 (there's no mention of the different mix on the sleeve): "The CD consists of the entire album in its first original mix from 1979 before any sound exciters (effects) were added to the sound..."
I'm not quite sure what they mean by this - the sound effects, spoken snippets and musical "samples" (added using some sort of 70s dictaphone which Holger adapted for this purpose) are all present and correct. But it's definitely a different mix, perhaps less cluttered than the original, but also a fraction less psychedelic.
Plus as a bonus track you get an excellent instrumental version of Cool In The Pool, which is much more than just a backing track - there's a guitar in the foreground and extra samples.
However, this is not "noise"; you can also hear some Can pals (it's particularly worthwhile if you are a fan of Jaki Liebezeit's drumming), and you can still describe what's on this record roughly as "songs". Well, very strange ones, though.
Brian Eno and David Byrne did more or less a similar thing on tracks like The Carrier and A Secret Life where electronic rhythms & atmospherics are blended with a Lebanese and an Egyptian song on their collaboration My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. So if you love that one you'll be enthralled by Persian Love.
Cool In The Pool is a busy mix of funky beats, pop lyrics and samples, including an operatic voice but not quite Klaus Nomi. Oh Lord Give Us More Money is a long exploratory piece in the progressive rock tradition, with jazzy sections, interesting edits of voices that flow in and out of the mix and strange sound effects.
The other long track, Hollywood Symphony, provides more of the same spoken vocals, voice samples and what sounds like a symphony orchestra on acid. One can see whence bands like Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV got some of their inspiration!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There was no way to hear non-chart music before you bought it back in 1980, so I purchased this album purely on the strength of the rave review in the NME. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2012 by Stephenesque
At time of writing this music is near un-obtainable, the track Cool in the Pool appears on the Morvern Caller soundtrack, and you can probably hear some of the rest of it on... Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2011 by tallmanbaby
I expected great things from this: as a fan of David Sylvian and specifically the work he has done with Holger Czukay I rather naively expected a little more of the same. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2008 by DBT
Though this album has less the hypnotic rhythms of early Can work, it offers in its dream-like flow, a sequence that includes the exquisitely beautiful Persian Love, which Holger... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2008 by John Harrison
Holger Czukay, as all you musos out there should know, was the bassist in the Krautrock group Can during the late 60s and 70s. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2007 by Steve