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Christ - The Album

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Album has been remastered by Alex Gordon at Abbey Road Studios, as close as possible to the sound of the original release. “As it was in the beginning”.

Christ – The Album is the fourth album by Crass, released in 1982. It was released as a boxed set double vinyl LP package, including one disk of new studio material and another, entitled Well Forked… But Not Dead, of a live recording of their June 1981 gig at the 100 Club in London along with other studio tracks, demos and tape fragments.

The box also included a book, A Series Of Shock Slogans and Mindless Token Tantrums (which featured Penny Rimbaud's essay "The Last of the Hippies", telling the story of the suspicious death of his friend Wally Hope) and a largesize poster painted by Gee Vaucher.

Unlike previous Crass albums, Christ took almost a year to record, produce and mix, during which time the Falklands War had taken place. This caused Crass to fundamentally question their approach to making records. As a group whose very reason for existing was to comment on political issues, they felt they had been overtaken and made to appear redundant by real-world events.

For subsequent releases, including the singles "How Does it Feel to Be the Mother of a Thousand Dead", "Sheep Farming In The Falklands" and the album ‘Yes Sir, I Will’, the band stripped their sound "back to basics" and they were issued as "tactical responses" to political situations.

Christ - The Album is considered to be one of Crass' best recordings. In a retrospective article written for the album, Harry Sword of The Quietus.

TRACK LISTING

Side A:
1. Have A Nice Day
2. Mother Love
3. Nineteen Eighty Bore
4. I Know There Is Love
5. Beg Your Pardon
6. Birth Control 'n' Rock 'n' Roll
7. Reality Whitewash

Side B:
1. It's The Greatest Working Class Rip-Off
2. Deadhead
3. You Can Be Who?
4. Buy Now Pay As You Go
5. Rival Tribal Revel Rebel (Pt. 2)
6. Bumhooler
7. Sentiment (White Feathers)
8. Major General Despair

Side C:
1. Banned From The Roxy
2. The Sound Of One Hand
3. Punk Is Dead
4. Nagasaki Nightmare
5. Darling
6. Bata Motel Blues
7. Berkertex Bribe Fold It In Half
8. Big Hands
9. Heart-Throb Of The Mortuary
10. Big A Little A
11. First Woman

Side D:
1. Arlington 73
2. Bomb Plus Bomb Tape
3. Contaminational Power
4. I Ain't Thick
5. G's Song
6. Securicor
7. I Can't Stand It
8. Shaved Women
9. A Part Of Life
10. Do They Owe Us A Living

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