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Throbbing Gristle's Greatest Hits Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Import

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  • Audio CD (6 Oct. 2014)
  • Special Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Import
  • Label: Industrial Records
  • ASIN: B005UPOBW8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Old Man Smiled (Alternative Mix) Previously Unreleased
  2. Zyklon B Zombie - 7" Single
  3. Dead On Arrival
  4. We Hate You (Little Girls)
  5. Five Knuckle Shuffle - 7" Single
  6. Discipline (Berlin - Edit) -12" Single
  7. Persuasion
  8. AB7A (AB7B Mix) Previously Unreleased
  9. Distant Dreams (Part Two) - 7" Single
  10. What A Day
  11. Adrenalin

Product description

COMPACT DISC Each of the CD special-editions are presented in a gatefold sleeve featuring restored and remastered cover artworks and an integrated 8-page booklet (* the booklets feature different artworks and content to the vinyl editions). While the CD releases feature the same track count and running order as the vinyl editions each CD special-edition also includes an exclusive bonus CD containing content from the year of the albums original release. This additional content includes TG live tracks and remastered singles. The Greatest Hits CD special-edition also includes two previously unreleased Throbbing Gristle mixes from the 1980s'. The vinyl & CD s will be released weekly in chronological order from 31st October.

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when all the supposed ironies involved, and opinions about which material would best suit a 'best of t.g.' compilation, are folded away, what we have as a physical product is a stunning collection of their studio recordings, cleverly compiled to show t.g. in a most agreeable light. all the more remarkable, due to the fact that choice for this was limited to much less than the sum of their recorded output - despite being very different albums, '2nd annual report' and 'heathen earth' don't lend themselves easily to be broken into component parts for the most part, leaving the guts of 'd.o.a.', '20 jazz funk greats' and the singles available for selection. and that appears to be what's happened! this is classified as album no.5 in the catalogue of 'classic era' t.g., and with the first 4 records (which are all very much separate entities), closes that period of time in an entirely appropriate fashion. at the moment i'm not thinking of anything that came of the re-union, partly because it has no bearing on these recordings, and partly because i don't really know much of it! i'll get round to it!
so, why, when i have virtually all these records ('discipline' is the only hole), would i buy this? 1/ on the back of reading cosey's excellent book 2/ i have no decks set up or room to do so 3/ to hear some re-mastered t.g. 4/ to get some on the walkman 5/ these are some of the most innovative, challenging recordings committed to vinyl, and 6/ it's far too long since i heard them!
would i have been as enthusiastic toward the original 1 disc version? perhaps, but this bonus disc of singles, alternative versions and mixes broadens the spectrum significantly, and makes for a more complete package.
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In my opinion, this album presents a good mix of transmissions from TG's history, which would be a good introduction for someone who has never heard, or not heard very much, of Throbbing Gristle's work. On the other hand, any long term fan will be rather dissapointed by the bland choice of songs on the compilation. If you have just a couple of albums, you may find that you already have half the songs, which is rather a let down to say the least.
Although I would not recommend this album to a TG fanatic, for any new comers to the faith, this is as good a place to start as any.
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Throbbing Gristle are arguably one of the most influential bands of all time. The group who coined the phrase "Entertainment Thru Pain" and heralded the 'Industrial' movement and subsequent genre following their and other associated artists on their Industrial Records label. Over a short but productive tenure they created a small collection of studio albums, a few perverse singles and a mass of semi-official bootleg recordings of their critically acclaimed and intentionally difficult live performances. This album originally released by Rough Trade in the early-mid 80s was intended as an introduction to the band for the uninitiated. Sadly it fails to highlight the band's power and structure in any great way that would give a new listener an impression of anything more than some avant garde weirdos having a laugh. Wether the album was intentionally created to mimic the standard limp-wristed Greatest Hits albums put out by more commercially and radio friendly artists or a serious attempt to follow suit and pull in more punters is unclear to this reviewer (who would like ot think it as marketing satire but remains unconvinced), but this appears at best to be a compilation of their most approachable and 'poppy' 'tunes'. Throbbing Gristles' real power always lay in their live and often improvised performances, their long droning uncomfortable sonic essays on the decline of Britain or perversion or murder, or eerie soundscapes laid out in such a fashion as to mould the image of the depressingly dead factory towns or polluted seasides of the decadent and despairing 70s Britain. This compilation of TG's more quirky and jukebox sized outings show the listener little of that.
For an introduction to TG this reviewer would recommend one of the four live compilations released as a set or individually on Mute Records Grey Area in the early 90s which are still available and give a much more powerful and realistic image of this controversial yet undoubtably seminal of bands.
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By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 3 Sept. 2006
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I don't think this compilation is that bad, OK it could have had some more tracks on and has been usurped by the recent 'Taste of TG' compilation, but the 11-tracks contained are a good idea of the band that were Throbbing Gristle. Personally I bought it for the great ironic band photo and the fact it's Throbbing Gristle. As a primer into the band, it's not bad - though veers away from their live-side...then again, songs like proto-rave track 'Adrenalin', the vile 'Subhuman' and the commercial Abba-influenced 'AB/7A' weren't on 'The Taste of TG', when they probably should have been. OK, the compilation is a bit short and there are other songs that could have been added, e.g. 'Slug Bait', 'Weeping', ambient pioneering track 'Beachy Head', 'Convincing People', 'Distant Dreams Part Two', or something from 'Heathen Earth'. The sleevenotes gave me a headache, incidentally...almost as bad as that French guy on the Joy Division box-set...

'Hot on the Heels of Love' is another great proto-dance moment that New Order obviously listened to, while 'United' is another proto-rave moment that was apparently TG's equivalent of 'We are the Champions'! 'What a Day' sounds like the Aphex Twin, though the recent live version from the reformed TG is even better, if only for Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's John Lydon-impersonation and the fact he drops in a bit of 'Lazy Sunday'! The title track from '...20 Jazz Funk Greats' deserves to be here, though it also turned up on the great post-punk compilation 'In the Beginning There was Rhythm' - great drones and noises and Gen's "nice!" was clearly ripped off for TV's The Fast Show!!!

Contrary to the other review, the darker side of TG is present - the brief dirge 'Blood on the Floor' from 'DOA: The Third & Final Report', '...
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