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Journey Through A Body: Perfomed By

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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Torture Garden
  • ASIN: B000024B3G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Catholic S*x/Medicine - Throbbing Gristle
  2. Exotic Functions/Violencia/Oltre La Morte, Birth And Death - Throbbing Gristle

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TG's last studio recordings, from March 1981 - they ceased to exist in May that year, after a show in San Francisco. These recordings are a lot less harsh than the previous years album, 'Heathen Earth'; in fact 'Exotic Functions' is pure Martin Denny exotica, whilst 'Oltre La Morte, Birth & Death' is an ambient piano piece, a la Harold Budd. However, there are plenty of TG's usual sinister overtones included here, so don't worry! 'Medicine' features a hospital-like bleep all the way through, with sounds of child-birth and other unsettling noises - difficult as usual, but very effective. 'Catholic Sex' is more obvious TG (about the only track on the album that truly resembles anything from 'Heathen Earth') with its primitive percussion, cornet and tape of a woman 'enjoying herself' - its classic TG. Overall, a great album and it shows how much TG had grown since '2nd Annual Report' - it would have been interesting to see where they would have gone from here, but i suppose a good reference point would be Psychic Tv's early film soundtrack work (such as 'Cold Dark Matter'), which resembles a lot of what is on offer here.
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2014
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Ambient almost in its drift through a series of erotic cries and distorted fragments of dreams surfacing and drowning within the whole surging opus. Then it eventually floats into a territory eventually picked up with Nurse With Wound - distorted cries - the type of sounds which appear in nightmares or swimming underneath currents of water - distended, eerie but also relaxing.

The end saw the anger dissipate into introspection - not a bad place to finish.
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i like this album almost as much as early TG - a good cd to get as its like some of the best TG - 9/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thee Mission, Terminated 25 April 2007
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The high pitched squeal that opens the first track on this CD irritates me to no end. After about 30 seconds, it slowly evolves into a heart monitor type bleeping that runs almost through the entire piece. The music underneath this noise is queasy and body function sounding - I'm thinking the gurgles in your belly when you think you're gonna puke, and what sounds like electronically processed heavy breathing. A theme, I suppose, considering the title of the album. The second track is presented suitelike - movements vary from fuzzed-out electronics to gentle piano to more of the same body function type sounds found in the first track. It's all rather unsettling, but I'm not sure Journey Through a Body is an absolutely essential TG purchase. Fans will like it, but the curious would do better with DOA or 20 Jazz Funk Greats.
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5.0 out of 5 stars journey through the centre of your brain 8 April 2006
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Format: Audio CD
excerpts from back of cd:

"Recorded in Roma in March 1981. This is the last studio recording by Throbbing Gristle...."

"It was recorded in five days, a day per body section. No tracks were re-recorded or added to alter their day. Each was mixed immediately after recording. No tracks were pre-planned, all tracks are invented directly onto the tape."

Classic Throbbing Gristle, the music on this album is very focused albeit improvised. An electronic masterpiece. The late great Miles Davis gave the jazz world "Kind of Blue", Throbbing Gristle gave the industrial decaying world Journey Through a Body. You have to hear this album. Can be purchased also via Mute's website (Mute UK)

This album is not of course the last recording by Throbbing Gristle, they have sinced re-grouped and released a couple of new albums. Also available via Mute Records website (Mute records UK) brand new for less.
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