OST -Johnny Yesno Soundtrack
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Firstly to the 2 CDs of new mixes, many of which are not from the Redux film itself, but used in the extras on that DVD. I really like most of these revamps, as some keep the real vibe of the original, but make them more listenable. There is more percussion and a lot of looping going on, which is more his current styel, yet these discs work perfectly in their own right. Very atmospheric in places, unashamed dance in others - Yashar "Insurgent Mix" being prime example. Taxi Music appears in 3 guises (most appear in various mixes), the first 2 sequenced as one track effectively. Mix 2 has lots of the original bleeps but adds a lot more soul to the track, and it develops far more. Various mixes of Invocation and Premonition keep to the darker side, but there isn't a poor track amongst the 20 - 5 stars!
I had never seen the original film, and whilst it has a creepy noir charm of its own, I probably won't watch it very often. DVD1 features the orginal, totally unremastered (some nasty vertical green lines and lots of white marks make this feel a bit of cheap and hasty transfer). You also get the 3 extra videos and the Johnny Version 'summary', which have different original tracks on them to the main film. Yashar is a John Robie Dance Mix, but appears to be slight cut-up/variation on the vinyl releases on Factory 12" - certainly there were elements I couldn't recall from those 2 mixes, and some transitions seemed much rougher on this version.Read more ›
The Peter Care film "Johnny Yesno" I first saw in the mid-1980s as a teenager and found it to be...difficult.
The CDs contain new music and remixes from Johnny Yes No: Original Soundtrack - NOT itself included in this package - which form the basis of the soundtrack to a completely new version of the film which appears on the second DVD. The music stands up in its own right - this is not, and never was, a soundtrack LP in the traditional sense. These new CDs sound not unlike very late period instrumental CV - circa their The Conversation album.
The first DVD replicates the original Doublevision (the Cabs' own label) video cassette and stands the test of time very well - it's far from the avant-garde nonsense I remember from my youth and contains what, for the time, must have been considered some very innovative visual techniques. Lest we forget that Cabaret Voltaire and Peter Care can also take some credit for helping to invent the modern pop video as we know it ("fast cuts and degraded images" as their style was once described). If you're looking a nice high-def remastered edition of the old video cassette then you're going to be disappointed - I think the sound may even be in mono too.Read more ›
However, the new 'mixes' of tracks from Voice of America period of Cabaret Voltaire are very interesting. In fact, these are almost new pieces, but with samples from the old tracks dropped in. Some fall rather flat, but a good few work very well. The new version of YASHAR is the one particular standout, but several other good ones besides.
The video material comprising outtakes/oddities from the YES-NO film remake do at last make much more sense with these as the soundtrack. Whilst I remain a little puzzled, I am glad I bought this.
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Then there is the video. The original movie I found to be vaguely interesting, but I am confounded by the `redux', it looks like a cheaper amateur version of an impression of the original. Then there is all the bonus footage/videos that I had to force myself to finish watching. The same few people and scenes over and over of these characters acting distressed set to music, with no purpose. Over and Over. I love the early CV videos of lo-fi video chaos, but this is nothing like it. This is slick production with the occasional tilted camera and girls pretending to bleed etc, and it goes on for hours, redundantly redundant.
I don't recommend this at all. I do recommend the original soundtrack, and I do think Richard H. Kirk is still doing interesting music, but this project got my hopes up and then let me down.
At any rate, the music is not as accesible as some of their other mid-career albums might be; many of the pieces are variations on a theme, and it is certainly not music you can dance to.
If you are a die-hard fan, you must have this album. If you are a casual fan, I might put this towards the bottom of your list, priority-wise. If you are a newbie, then start off with (first choice) "The Covenant, The Sword, The Arm of the Lord," or "Microphonies," or "The Crackdown." These are the easiest for non-Industrial initiates to get into.