despite being an appreciator of throbbing gristle, i only heard about this recently, and by accident at that! after the 'mission is terminated' card dropped, i put my eggs in the psychic t.v. basket (and after a couple of brilliant albums, that soon became scrambled!), and until recently, cosey's excellent 'art sex music' to be exact, little of my attention had been on what the former t.g. members had been producing! probably to my detriment - my fault, i'll live with it! this, though, is brilliant! it has reached it's current form (4 tracks on download/c.d.- 3 shortened tracks on the lavish looking vinyl release) almost organically, it would seem, from initial c30 cassette issue in 1982, through a few limited c.d. releases, to where it stands today, re-mastered, at a running time of 54 minutes, and still remarkably enough, cosey's only solo album! i have read that it's release was to mark a series of endings, to put a full stop on a number of actions she was involved in. putting it back into it's time frame, i can view it as both backward and forward looking in it's content. i hear shades of 'heathen earth' in the atmospheric opener, 'ritual awakening', great swathes of cornet utilised to perfect effect. 'the secret touch' would not have been out of place on '20 jazz funk greats' - the ethereal voice mingling with the irresistible synths - brilliant! musically, the 3rd track, 'time to tell', to my mind is more an indication of where she, and chris carter, of course, were heading, though don't take that as in any way a completely informed impression! the final piece was recorded at roughly the same time as the others and is a far sparser affair with a hint of the eastern about it - a collaboration with john lacey, it has a different feel to the remainder, but still sits well enough within the whole. happy to discover these recordings, and even happier yet, at a cost of less than £4 for the download, to perhaps get myself a copy of the vinyl too!
I'm always somewhat hesitant to buy clear vinyl because the quality can be rather iffy. However, I really wanted the accompanying booklet (which is great), so took the plunge & am happy to report that the pressing is fine, with no surface noise to speak of. The Autorip is the full-length MP3s, rather than the shorter vinyl versions, so that's a nice bonus. All in all, I'm very pleased with it.