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Throbbing Gristle Live - 1976-1978: Volume 1, 1976-1978

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Torture Garden
  • ASIN: B000026ZK4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This CD compiles some of TG's most brutal and bleak live pieces, providing immeasurable inspiration to future industrial noise-merchants such as Merzbow, Whitehouse and Smell and Quim. This is the real deal - an oppressive, claustrophobic sound, dominated by distorted bass that shudders in waves, with whirling doom-laden electronics puncturing the gaps. Not much to gripe about here - 'Forced Entry' is one of the best pieces of industrial ever recorded, an ominous wall of synth and bass that pulses, hums and throbs, exerting the same morbid fascination you might experience by watching a radioactive cloud eat up the skyline. Just one moan, I don't know why some of the songs acquired 'new' titles on this release. 'No Two Ways' was originally titled '10p for a packet of cigarettes' and 'Last Exit' was charmingly monikered 'F**k Off C**t' - as you'll hear when you get round to playing this. A classic - as the inlay text says, 'Beware of trivial imitations'.
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Actually not as brutal in delivery as I recollect at the time, neither however is it a stroll through some biscuit tin reverie, It is designed to circumnavigate the extreme and still veers away from the mainstream sugar coated kitsch take world of the popular reverie, even 35 years later.

The first track is P-Orridge inhabiting the mind of Brady in a type of Alan Bennet re-enactment of killing a kid. Unsettling, no matter how many times you hear it and the drones remind me of Hamburger Lady in its pulsating throb of terror and mundanity.

Then it winds through some power electronics which are soothing in their brutal intensity, both hypnotic and pulsating, I recorded it to listen on the headphones, not through any masochistic delight, but it mirrors London angst as I glide past sunken faces piling off the tube near Canary Wharf. Uncoiled angst ripples through the taut shoulders and strained faces, vibrating to the negative electronics pulsating from the Olympus recorder as the total system wears them down into pieces of atrophied meat.

So this still has a vibrating resonance unlike many of the punk artifacts of the era which appear as curious RNB master pieces but say little about the world that is currently inhabited.
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By C. Brown VINE VOICE on 31 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
Finally tracked this one down after about five years of searching - the other three chapters of this collection are easy to find, but for some reason this one ain't. Have to say, that of the four CDs this is by far the hardest: straight out of the blocks, its first track is a bludgeoning 15 minute account of the final moments of the Moors Murderers and the pair's capture. Compared to the others, there's little light and shade - not sure if that's due to chronology and the band's development, or simply down to a quirk of track choice. Still, as the man said 'people who like this sort of thing will like this sort of thing'. I can't see it creeping on to my iPod - far too much Genesis P Orridge high-pitched screaming for that - but fascinating and impressive in its extremity and purity of vision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite T.G. recordings... 15 April 2005
By PSM/Bokor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a phenomenal recording. Throbbing Gristle has numerous note worthy recordings, but this one just tears you apart and stitches the pieces back together. It's beautiful.

Certainly, "Very Friendly" and "No Exit" are absolutely horrific creations, and I mean that as a compliment. Trust me, you've never heard and/or experienced anything like what this band creates. Simply put, Throbbing Gristle is a horror movie without the visuals.

This band affects you. The sounds and the lyrics will challenge your sensibilities. However, Throbbing Gristle, in my ever so humble opinion, is not about shock value. Everything I've heard by them,(and I have seven of their CD recordings and two VHS recordings), is firmly based in the brutality found on this Heathen Earth.

With this recording, you are initially slaughtered with violence and disturbing images of raw hatred and anger. Then, you are carefully guided to a more serene place that allows you to recuperate from the initial onslaught.

This is industrial, very hard industrial. Buyer beware...
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5.0 out of 5 stars from a TG fan... 13 Oct. 2006
By slug bait - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Great live recording from the one true original pioneer of industrial music. 100% assault on your senses, this is truely an amazing document of TG's might and sonic power. The sound quality on the live series cd's is excellent, you won't be disappointed.

If you are in a budget and can't afford the expensive box set, the TG Live series is a an excellent buy for fans old and new. Collect them, I have, it's all worth it.
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