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Penis Envy

    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”.

    Penis Envy, released in 1981, was the third LP by the anarchist punk band Crass. The album is included as #36 on Rolling Stones' "40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time" list in 2016.

    Named as a reference to some of Freud's ideas concerning sexuality, this release marked something of a departure from the somewhat 'macho', 'hardcore punk' image that The Feeding of the 5000 and its follow up, Stations of the Crass, had to some extent given the group, for it featured more obviously complex musical arrangements, as well as exclusively female vocals by Eve Libertine and Joy De Vivre (although Steve Ignorant remained a group member and is credited on the record sleeve as "not on this recording").

    The album addressed feminist issues and once again attacked the institutions of 'the system' such as marriage and sexual repression.

    The album was banned by the retailer HMV. During the mid-1980s, Greater Manchester Police under the direction of James Anderton seized copies along with other records by Crass and the Dead Kennedys, from Eastern Bloc record shop. Frank Schofield was charged with displaying "obscene articles for publication for gain". The band Flux of Pink Indians, its two record labels and its publishing company were also charged under the Obscene Publications Act. The judge ruled against Crass in the ensuing court case, although this decision was overturned by the Court of Appeal, apart from the lyrics to one song, "Bata Motel". The heavy costs incurred by this episode were a contributing factor in Crass deciding to disband.

    Both the vinyl and CD feature fold-out poster sleeves and are exact replicas of the original pressing.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd LP Info: Single black vinyl in fold out poster sleeve – replicates first original pressing.

    CD Info: Fold-out poster sleeve – replicates first original pressing.

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    Best Before 1984

      One Little Indian are proud to announce that they will be distributing entire Crass Catalogue on behalf of Crass Records.

      Album 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”.

      Best Before 1984 is a compilation of Crass' singles and other tracks, released in 1986, including lyrics and a booklet ("...In Which Crass Voluntarily 'Blow Their Own'") which details the history of the band in their own words.

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      Stations Of The Crass

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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”.
        Stations of the Crass is the second album by Crass, released in 1979. The record, originally released as a double 12", includes live tracks from a gig recorded at the Pied Bull pub in Islington, London, on August 7, 1979.

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        Yes Sir, I Will

          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”.

          Yes Sir, I Will was the fifth and penultimate album released in March 1983 by
          the anarcho-punk band, Crass.

          The album was essentially a bitter and virulent attack on then prime minister,
          Margaret Thatcher, and her government in the aftermath of the Falklands War
          and was set nearly wholly over a raging and an almost free-form improvised
          backing provided by the group's musicians.

          Many of the lyrics from this album are extracted from Penny Rimbaud's
          extended poem ‘Rocky Eyed’. The original vinyl release contained no banding between songs, thus presenting the contents as one long piece split over both sides, making it the longest punk song ever recorded (the CD release was tracked by individual song). Rimbaud summarised the album in an interview to Radio Free France:

          “The boundaries increasingly ceased to have any relevance - prior to the
          Falklands War, one naively believed that there were separations between 'this' and 'that' and that if you dealt with 'this' then you could do 'that'... like songs - each song had its own little separate thing to deal with and Yes Sir, I Will is a statement about the fact that there isn't any separation - that it's all one and the same thing, that there is no single cause or single idea - there's no-one else to blame but yourself. That you can't say, "Well let's now concentrate on the Northern Ireland problem", "let's now concentrate on the problem of sexual relationships"... you can't do that - everything now is one major problem and that problem stems from yourself.”


          FORMAT INFORMATION

          Ltd LP Info: Single black vinyl in fold out poster sleeve – replicates first original pressing.

          CD Info: Fold-out poster sleeve – replicates first original pressing.

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          Christ - The Album

            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.

            FORMAT INFORMATION

            2xLP Box Set Info: Double vinyl boxset with book – replica of original first pressing.

            2xCD Box Set Info: Double CD boxset with book – replica of original first pressing.

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            Ten Notes On A Summer's Day

              Ten Notes on a Summer's Day was Crass's final album under the Crass name. It was released in 1986 and consists of a vocal and instrumental version of the same tracks in an avant-garde musical style.

              Recorded at Southern Studios in the Winter of 1984 / Summer 1985. Penny Rimbaud says in the liner notes: “Just as throughout our seven years’ existence as a punk band we had made concerted efforts to avoid specific political pigeonholing (‘left-wing, right-wing, you can stuff the lot’), so, musically, we attempted to push the barriers, always avoiding the obvious.”

              In one respect alone we were absolutely consistent; our inconsistency. If the essentially rowdy Feeding of the Five Thousand and Stations Of The Crass had established us as the thinking man’s bovver band, so Penis Envy broke the mould as an almost lyrical, yet still very angry piece of rock’n’roll feminism. And just as at the very time that the BBC thought us safe enough to be given airplay, so we ploughed in with Christ, The Album, an uncompromisingly avantgarde noise album which in its own way went a long way in redefining rock’n’roll’s limited parameters.

              Then, in much the same way as our fifth album, Yes Sir, I Will, owed more to free jazz than to rock, so Ten Notes On A Summer’s Day nudged itself towards modern European atonality, and us completely out of the rock’n’roll arena (as testified to by dramatically reduced record sales). In this sense, Ten Notes On A Summer’s Day truly was a swansong.”

              The vinyl edition comes in a single sleeve with printed inner – bag/insert. The CD comes in cardboard digipack type packaging.

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              Feeding Of The Five Thousand

                One Little Indian are proud to announce that they will be distributing entire Crass Catalogue on behalf of Crass Records.

                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”.

                The Feeding of the 5000 is the first album by the anarcho-punk band Crass. The album was recorded on 29 October 1978, by John Loder at Southern Studios and was released the same year.


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