The Monochrome Set

Volume, Contrast, Brilliance Vol.1

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Optic Nerve

About this item

Originally released in 1983 this hugely rewarding record acted as a round up of the group’s career to date and was of immeasurable value to fans. It’s aged well, too.

Comprising of A and B sides from their Rough Trade released singles plus extracts from sessions for Radio 1, Capital Radio and EMI Records, this LP contains unique versions of such classic tracks as “The Jet Set Junta” and “He’s Frank (Slight Return)”.

Oddities, and jocular moments run through the album, including John Peel introducing “Fat Fun” and thinking aloud that those Monochrome boys might be having a pop at him. The fact that it includes a wish list of the band’s best songs to this point in their career is another reason to recommend it.

Previously they may have made a handful of slightly-off-target albums, but this 1983 compilation is a front-to-back joy, fast, restless and perfectly sequenced. It plays like a cohesive album.

Includes 2 bonus tracks from the February 1979 Peel Session ‘Love Goes Down The Drain’ & ‘Noise (Eine Kleine Symphonie)’.


Side 1:
Eine Symphonie Des Grauens 
The Jet Set Junta
Love Zombies
Silicon Carne
The Ruling Class
Viva Death Row
The Man With The Black Moustache

Side 2:
He’s Frank (Slight Return)
Fun For All Of The Family
Lester Leaps In
ICI Les Enfants
Fat Run
Avanti (Ten Don’ts For Honeymooners) Love Goes Down The Drain
Noise (Eine Kleine Symphonie)

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