Monday, April 14, 2008

Cabaret Voltaire - Eight Crepuscule Tracks

Cabaret Voltaire - Eight Crepuscule Tracks
Label - Les Disques Du Crépuscule
Released - 1988
Style - Electro, Experimental, Industrial

1 Sluggin' Fer Jesus (Part One) (5:03)
2 Sluggin' Fer Jesus (Part Two) (4:21)
3 Fools Game (Sluggin' Fer Jesus Part Three) (7:13)
4 Yashar (5:02)
5 Your Agent Man (2:39)
6 Gut Level (9:37)
7 Invocation (6:23)
8 Theme From "Shaft" (4:11)

Review by AMG:
An expansion of the original Three Crepuscule Tracks, Eight compiles a variety of slightly random tunes from the group's early eighties days for general consumption. The main cuts are the first, namely the three parts of "Sluggin Fer Jesus." If this cut wasn't the first attempt at what would become one of the most common and ultimately most cliched elements in eighties industrial/EBM -- a found-sound tape of an American evangelist over a dance groove -then it was close. Admittedly, at this stage Cabaret Voltaire wasn't dealing in the kinds of massive 'up yours' rhythm assaults later groups like Front 242 would perfect, but the jittery, reggae/dub-touched beats and arrangement on the first part are still fine stuff from the group. The second part starts with just the preacher (or perhaps another one) asking for yet more money, followed by instrumental snippets of the band fading up and then cutting out back into low synth/production murk. The final part, titled "Fools Game," has a heavily tweaked semi-rap and more crazed pastoral ranting floating around a combination of an older, emptier style of Cabaret Voltaire sonics and slight, but only slight, touches of the electrofunk then making waves. The remainder of the collection is a bit of a mixed bag, but still has some sharp bits. "Yashar," unexpectedly reappearing here from 2 x 45, kicks out a stiff beat and jam pretty well, while much of the latter half of the collection explores the balance between shadowy and more 'smooth' beats and production. The unexpected but still successful surprise wrapping Eight up is nothing other than a surprising faithful if still murky cover of Isaac Hayes' funk classic "Theme from 'Shaft'." Hearing Mallinder go on about the guy who's 'the sex machine to all the chicks' via vocal trickery that makes him sound like he's in a cave is amusing no matter how you slice it. ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

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AMP said...

hell yeah! i'll try to get around to converting & reposting this week.

AMP said...

oh, and nice llama pic.

XMP said...


AMP said...

shit forgot to tell you i wuz having major computer issues yesterday, so i wuz unable to convert this guy. i'll try after i get back from Vancouver. started going back thru the collexion - need yur halp there pleeze...

XMP said...

we'll have a fun cd ripping party post-vancouver style