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Crackle - The Best of Bauhaus
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on 17 May 2004
Bauhaus breezed onto the music scene in 1979 and were instantly derided as being passe and harking back to earlier David Bowie material. What was missed at the time as that a new Genre of music was germinating from the seeds that David J, Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins and Peter Murphy were planting.
Listening to these tracks again it is surprising how fresh they are and how well the music stands up to modern comparison. The vocals of Murhpy range from gloriously languid to demonic screams. Daniel Ash coaxs all sorts from noises from his guitar. David J is pounding on the bass. Kevin Haskins is tribal on drums.
These tracks have defined the Gothic music scene for over 20 years now. If you want to see where it all started listen to Bela Lugosi's Dead and Dark Entries.
If you like Gothic music then these tracks MUST be in your collection - if only these guys could have stayed together longer the whole face of gothic music could have been different (and probably better).
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on 4 July 2017
I recently watched the hunger which featured Bauhaus & starred David Bowie. The track Bela Lugosi's dead re ignited my interest in them & this CD brought back fond memories of Bauhaus. This is a truly phenomenal album! A kind of macabre beauty to the music!
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on 11 August 2017
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on 27 November 2009
complex to understand if you are new to it.

great if you want to experiment, its sortof 80s/goth/alternative/partial instrumental crossover.

the singer has a great voice.
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VINE VOICEon 22 December 2006
A must have, if for nothing more than the classic minimalist epic that is 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' and the bittersweet chamber piece 'Crowds', but there are many more tracks here to recommend. At their weakest Bauhaus hark back a little too much to seventies Bowie (indeed there cover of 'Ziggy Stardust' is so faithful as to be redundant), but that is no bad thing. At their best Bauhaus are untouchable.

Bleak, moving and deeply exciting.
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on 15 January 2002
Bauhaus' arrival in 1979 hailed the beginning of experimental goth rock, even though their music was never really intended for the shoegazing fraternity which was to follow. This worthy and well-packaged compilation takes us through a brilliantly unique musical maelstrom, covering their truly pioneering ouput between 1979 and 1985.
Aside from the omission of the extremley creepy Stigma Martyr, this is generally an excellent collection of their finest moments. This also demonstrates how vastly diverse their music could be, from the minimalist gothic epic of Bela Lugosi's Dead (one of the longest single releases of all time) to what can only be described as a 'pop' single with the excellent Kick In The Eye. Other highlights include the brilliantly obscure Terror Couple Kill Colonel, the uplifting Spirit and their last single, The Sanity Asassain, which manifested a more mainstream sound and perhaps partly-resulted in their demise soon after (singer/songwriter Peter Murphy's solo-career is also worth following).
Beggar's Banquet Records may well have questioned the name of the band (named after a German architectural style based on brutal modernist concrete designs) but their music certainly fitted the name - brutal, brooding but never dull. At the time of their arrival they were regarded as experimental art rock goths and a tuneless, second-rate Cure or Siouxie. How wrong they were.
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on 27 May 2002
If you're like me, one of the things most likely to impress
upon you from this disc is just how seamlessly the band members'
skills and talents interweave into a perfect, flawless whole.
The first track "Double Dare" for instance starts with
ominous, relentless bass, shimmering guitar (both are pure
electricity) and chaotic pummeling drums that constantly
waver from left speaker to right. Pete Murphy's vocals complete
the circle with urgency and no time for second best, in
his rant against conformity.
Bauhaus create an ominous and electric mood that defies
complacency and celebrates defiance. Other classic tracks
include "Sanity Assassin", "She's In Parties", "Dark Entries"
as well as an inspiring cover of Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust".
And of course, the masterpiece "Bela Lugosi's Dead" -
the tapping drums, dread inspiring bass and wavering
yet constant guitar have surely passed into legend and
Pete's delivery simultantenously evokes sympathy, dread and regret. A
startling debut single and an all time masterpiece.
Of course a predilection for gothic imagery and punk
abandon is desirable but whatever your prefernce, when you
discuss tight, perfectly formed and executed bands, Bauhaus
should definetly be on your list.
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on 6 September 2010
No Telegram Sam.
No Largartija Nick.
No Third Uncle.
This complilation omits far to many Bauhaus classics to be considered a "Best of".
They were always a bit inconsistent as an albums band so i would definatly go down the compilation route - just not this one.
The two CD 1979-1983 compilation is superior in every way and whist it might be import only now, it was widely available in the UK when it was released so it shouldn't be hard to track down.
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VINE VOICEon 7 November 2007
I'd not heard most of these songs in 20 years and it really was a joy to hear them again. I had 1979-83 on double vinyl back in the day, all of the tracks on this CD appear there but it's hard to fault the track selection on this disc. Perhaps it'd have been nice to have Telegram Sam and maybe Stigmata Martyr on here too but otherwise it's hard to fault.
She's in Parties and Double Dare are 2 standout tracks, but again it's hard to pick out standout tracks but it's all good and sounds surprisingly fresh and undated today, particularly compared to much of the music around in the 80's.
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on 4 May 2009
Bauhaus will always be the definitive 'Goth' band for the pre-Manson generation, even though this compilation clearly shows how much they had to offer beyond the restrictions of the tag. For a start, guitarist Daniel Ash never rested on his laurels during the group's short original existence. Indeed it would have been so easy to revisit relentlessly the sound of early tracks here such as 'Dark Entries', 'In a Flat Field' and the magnificent 'Double Dare' as the media and public had an endless appetite for this kind of noise in the early 80s. Ash had other ideas, and as soon as the second LP mask he was getting funky and (frequently) funny with his playing. The title track of that LP (included here) is probably one of bauhaus most stunning compositions, starting out experimental, unsettling and dark as hell before bursting into a gorgeous closing melodic riff.

Where this compilation shines most is in its capturing the best moments of singer Peter Murphy's recorded moments of magic, from the epic 'Bela lugosis Dead' to the hissing vampiric performance on 'She's in Parties'.
Unlike previous compilations crackle benefits of the editting out of frankly substandard vocal performances by the other band members. Murphy was the essential voice and face of Bauhaus and at long last there is a single disc compilation that refects that.

Only gripe... 'Crowds' and 'Sanity Assassin' have been included here for the wrong reasons I suspect, at the expense of 'Hair of the Dog' (their most thrilling three minutes). Nonetheless a reasonably satisfying release.
If only they could have got on slightly better as human beings because this group was the greatest of all the 80s dark delights!
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