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Unnatural History Vol. 1
Unnatural History Vol. 1
Offered by digitalmediadistribution
Price: £49.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic early Coil, 1 Jan. 2004
A definite 5-star cd here. 13 wonderful tracks from Coil's early period - i guess from between 1983-1986. The first 4 tracks are a collaboration between the Coil boys and Boyd Rice - pretty scary atmospheric stuff. After that you get out-takes from the 'Scatology' album, which ended up on compilation albums, a track originallly intended for a Derek Jarman film, more early tracks that appeared on compilations and the whole 17 minute epic 'How To Destroy Angels', which was Coil's first ever release from 1983, on 12" single. The whole album is fascinating and shows Coil growing up in terms of musical experimentation....a fine release indeed.


Grief
Grief
Offered by Media Hessen
Price: £23.34

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bit of an oddity, 1 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Grief (Audio CD)
Don't know a great deal about this release, or if its a bootleg...however, it is very good and a fine addition to the TG back catalogue. It's mainly made up of interviews with the members of Throbbing Gristle, with music played in the background - some recognizably TG tracks, others not so recognizble and maybe not even them - however, it works very well and the whole thing is a pleasure to listen to. Also, the interviews are interesting and informative and nice to hear.


Rien
Rien
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £53.21

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the big boys, 1 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Rien (Audio CD)
'Rien' was the first album Faust recorded after they had re-united during the early 1990's. Produced and mixed by Jim O'Rourke (who is now a member of Sonic Youth) and released in 1996, 'Rien' is a very good return from one of the most interesting bands from the krautrock/out-rock genre. To be honest, the music contained within would not seem out of place on earlier Faust releases, such as '71 Minutes of Faust' or 'So Far' - however, 'Rien' is lacking in some of the more 'musical' moments of these releases - i.e. there's no 'It's A Rainy Day Sunshine Girl', or 'Giggy Smile'. What we mainly have here are noise drenched prog-drones & atmospheric noise/ambient pieces (if you know what i mean), but still utillising a lot of what made Faust great in the first place. I would reccomend other recent Faust albums ahead of this one (most especially 'Faust Wakes Nosferatu' & 'You Know Faust'), but this is still a fine album and one worth picking up if you can find it.


Wakes Nosferatu
Wakes Nosferatu

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faust go ambient!, 25 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Wakes Nosferatu (Audio CD)
The sleeve notes say that this is Faust's live interpretation of the F. W. Murnau film, Nosferatu. Having seen the film, i can say that the music Faust have recorded is very good and would fit the film very well. What we have is Faust in ambient mode. The first 2 tracks are rather long (21 mins & 18 mins respectively) and they are quite reflective and eerie, punctuated by short noisy passages of sratchy guitars, sweeping organs and Zappi's constrained percussion - rather like a restrained Einsturzende Neubauten playing a lullaby. Track 3, Telepathia sounds like what you'd hear entering a church, whilst someone plays an organ in the background. The whole effect is quite beautiful, if a little scary and although this is a side of Faust that we have heard before, we have never had a full albums worth of this kind of material from them - it really is quite refreshing. I've had this album for only a week and its hardly been out of my cd player - this is a perfect album to 'chill out' to and one that i'll be listening to for a long time to come.


You Know Faust
You Know Faust

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 25 Dec. 2003
This review is from: You Know Faust (Audio CD)
It's nice to know that one of the best groups of the 1970's can still produce top notch Krautrock 20 years on. 1996's 'You Know Faust' is a wonderful peach of an album that gets better with every listen. Now comprising of just 3 of the original members (Zappi Diermaier, Hans Joachim Irmler & Jean-Herve Peron), this stripped down group made an album that stands, head held high, with other classics such as So Far & Faust 4. The albums opener 'Hurricane' could have appeared on both of those albums, tho doesn't sound at all dated. Zappi's drumming on this track, in his usual laid back, languid style, in particular is a real treat to hear. The track buzzes and stomp's to a close and up pop's 'Tenne Laufen', one of a number of short intermediate tracks that punctuate this album - sound effects etc. Later on you get the bizarre, horn led 'Man From The Moon' and the madrigal-like 'Der Pfad', but the album really hinges on the 14 minute track 'Na Sowas', which buzzes, thumps and hums until you can't take anymore. The final track 'Teutonentango' sounds like early 90's Stereolab and is a fine end to this wonderful album. Great cover art too.


Patchwork
Patchwork
Price: £8.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as Faust Tapes? Hmm, maybe, just maybe!, 25 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Patchwork (Audio CD)
Not a bad album at all - in fact its very good. A mixture of 'left overs' from the early 70's to their modern day recordings, Patchwork is similar to The Faust Tapes in that it pieces all the excerpts together to form, well, a patchwork! Personally, i consider Faust's recordings since they reformed to be as good as anything they did in the 1970's - however, this is not an opinion shared by most, so maybe try Faust Tapes first, then get this one. I think the first reviewer of this cd expected a little too much from this release, as 'Faust 4' is probably the most 'commercial' they got - Patchwork is rather less commercial, but still has plenty of things to get excited about : )


Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Offered by FastMedia "Ships From USA"
Price: £17.26

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good place to start, 25 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
Despite what the 2 other reviewers say, i think that this is a very good place to start if you have never heard TG before. Tracks from each of their albums and some singles too, this collection gives a good indication of each of TG's styles -exotica: 'Hot On The Heels Of Love', pre-dance music: 'Adrenalin', bizarre: 'Hamburger Lady', all-out noise: 'Subhuman' and pop music: 'United'. Maybe there are better tracks that could have been used, but for the beginner this collection is a must. If you're a fan already, you should go for 'Heathen Earth' or the live box sets - now there's quality! Apparently, Mute records are to release another 'best of' in 2004...so keep your eyes peeled.


TG+
TG+

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Merry-Bloomin-Christmas!, 18 Dec. 2003
This review is from: TG+ (Audio CD)
Well, well, well! This was apparently not going to be released until the end of January, however, it turned up on my doorstep, this morning - if anyone ordered early and directly from Mute records, then this will apparently be the case. The 10 final live shows by Throbbing Gristle, as 10 cd's in one beautiful box. This box set covers the period from March 1980 to the bands end, in San Francisco, May 1981. It includes some of my favourite shows, such as the one at The Rafters Club in Manchester (4.12.1981) - this has only previously been issued on cd as a poorly recorded (from vinyl) bootleg, but now here it is in all its unblemished glory - and also featuring about 8 minutes extra to that bootleg. A few of the other shows here have also been previously issued in lesser forms. Such as Live At The Veterans Auditorium, LA (previously known as 'Dimensia In Excelsis' - an awful audience recording) - here it has been put together using 2 tapes of the gig that TG made at the time - there is still some distorion, but its a hell of a lot better - a great performace too! Live At The Lyceum (previously known as 'Once Upon A Time') is the whole gig, whereas the bootleg version only included half the show. Plus the three German shows are represented in their entirety here, rather than being all over the place on previous releases. One other thing is that the final show at Kezar Pavilion (otherwise known as Mission Of Dead Souls - a decent live cd on Mute) is an exclusive mix combining recordings of the show using a binaural head and from the mixing desk - and you also get a bonus unreleased track from the pre-performance sound check! So, plenty to keep you amused. This is the way to listen to TG - their studio albums were wonderful, but after listeninmg to them literally hundreds of times, they began to lose some of the power that they had when i first started listening to them. By Mute releasing all their live shows, as they have now done, its gives you a much broader picture of this wonderfully creative group.


The Wumme Years 1970-73
The Wumme Years 1970-73
Price: £60.86

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need, 11 Dec. 2003
This review is from: The Wumme Years 1970-73 (Audio CD)
What a wonderful way to listen to one of the most interesting groups of the last 40 years. A lot has already been said about this set, so i'll keep it brief, but basically what you have here is the majority of output from Faust. The first 2 albums had only previously been available on cd via expensive Japanese imports (and a dodgy U.S. 2for1 release), whilst the mastering on the old Faust Tapes cd was poor. 71 Minutes is a fine collection, long overdue a re-release and the previously unissued BBC disc is just one more reason to buy it. Plus you get a great booklet reciting the bands' history. Try and catch some of their most recent albums too, as they are still going strong today - wonderful stuff....buy it as soon as you can!


Total Sex
Total Sex

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated? Yeah, maybe., 23 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Total Sex (Audio CD)
I've read some rather scathing reviews of this album, but its really quite good. Ok, the music is not as dynamic or powerful as later albums ('Erector', 'Dedicated To Peter Kurten' etc), and ok, yes, the vocals do sound like they have been recorded in a toilet (bad accoustics, maaaan!), but its a nice document of how this band started out (This is in fact their second album, following on from 'Birthdeath Experience' - a great listen, if you can find it!). Most of the tracks sound reletively similar - swathes of white noise, with William Bennett shouting, screaming and schreeching his lyrics over the top of this. One particular stand out track is 'Politics', which starts out in the same kind of vein as the rest of the music contained here - however, after about 10-15 seconds it all goes quiet, until the end of the track. Whether this is some sort of Whitehouse stance on politics or just 'cos thy ran out material, i don't know - however, its a nice idea! In addition to the original album, you get 2 tracks that originally appeared on the United Dairies compilation 'Hoisting The Black Flag', from 1981 - these 2 tracks make the cd worth buying really - really harsh and difficult, and show the path Whitehouse would go on to take. Overall, its good, very good even, but there are better places to start - the aforementioned 'Erector' & 'Dedicated To Peter Kurten', for a start.


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