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Here is the long-awaited fifth volume of the well received electronic compilation series from the 1980's color tapes label. As with the other volumes you can find great examples of cold wave, minimal wave and synth electronics made by obscure British bands such as: Berserk In A Hayfield, Disintegrators, Lives of Angels, The Lord, plus a rare track by The good Missionaries, post Alternative TV.


Ltd LP Info: Limited edition of 500 copies comes with poster insert and reproduction of issue 4 of Color Tapes fanzine "Purple Twilight" from 1985.

Modern Art

Oriental Towers

    This is a remastered version of Modern Art’s second cassette album from 1983 released for the first time on vinyl and includes 3 previously unissued tracks from the original session. Oriental Towers was the follow-up to Underwater Kites from 1982 comprised of songs of a similar vein which evoke the sound of that time. On this album you will find examples of what was going on in England during the pinnacle of the post-punk music scene - a time that inspired lots of young musicians to develop music influenced by the likes of Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and Clock DVA.


    Ltd LP Info: Limited edition of 500 copies.

    Mystery Plane

    Still Life

      Mystery Plane formed in 1980 from the ashes of 70's new wave band 3D5 who's line-up also featured future Cure member Porl Thompson. This record was originally a demo cassette made in 1981 that was hawked around record labels with a view for release. Later Color Tapes released a 100 copies edition. To support their demo at the time the band played such gigs at the Marquee, Rock Garden and The Bridgehouse supporting bands such as Fad Gadget, Modern English and Henry Padovani (Ex-Police) in London.

      This sublime minimal basement krauty synth LP was inspired by bands such as Neu, Amon Duul ll, and "Vienna" period Ultravox. The album features guitar work of Gerald O' Connell who was a big fan of Ash Ra Tempel's guitarist Manuel Gottsching. A year later he went on to form Lives Of Angels who made the classic cold wave album "Elevator To Eden" which was originally released on Color Tapes in 1983.

      Mystery Plane have been featured on the sold out Cold Waves Of Color compilation series. The album has been remastered by Denis Blackham and comes complete with a poster insert.

      Various Artists

      Cold Waves Of Color - Volume 3

        "Must have collection of English post-punk synth rarities, sourced from the legendary Color Tapes label, remastered by Denis Blackham, all presented on vinyl for the first time! It's highly likely that these tracks have been barely heard beyond their original 100 edition tape pressings in the early 80's, and thusly this is a bit of a treasure trove, especially when considering the quality of the masters. This is the realest deal for people into minimal wave, Dark Entries and OG wave music. Don't sleep!" - Boomkat review.

        The majority of these tracks from these UK garage cold wave bands used mostly synthesizer, drum machines and sequencers such as EMS VCS3, Minimoog, Korg MS-20, Roland Juno 6, SH-09, TR-808 - so you know how they could sound. These machines today are part of the history of the development of electronic music in the UK.

        The LP package also includes a full colour poster plus a rare reprint of issue 2 of Color Tapes' own fanzine Purple Twilight from 1985, featuring articles on such bands as Bushido and Mystery Plane plus The Subway Organization cassette catalogue from 1985. An essential document from the 80's UK cassette underground scene.

        A true trip through never never land!

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