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Throbbing Gristle

A Souvenir Of Camber Sands

    Throbbing Gristle announce the next phase of their reissues series with the release of ‘Part Two: The Endless Not’ / ‘TG Now’ and ‘A Souvenir Of Camber Sands’. In 2004 Chris Carter, Peter Christopherson, Genesis P- Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti reformed - 23 years after their mission was originally terminated - and between 2004 and 2007 the band released 14 new studio tracks and a live album of their appearance at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas in Camber Sands.

    ‘A Souvenir Of Camber Sands’ is a live document of Throbbing Gristle’s performance at Jake and Dinos Chapman’s All Tomorrow's Parties Nightmare Before Christmas at Camber Sands in December 2004. Throbbing Gristle are renowned for their documentation of live performances - ‘TG24’ (which was reissued in 2002) and ‘TG+’ (released in 2004) collated their live recordings up until the band disbanded. This release reactivated the band’s live performance documentations that include ‘Thirty Second Annual Report’ (from La Villette, Paris) and the ‘Desertshore Installation’ (from the ICA, London).

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    LP
    Disc 1
    A1 P-A-D
    A2 What A Day
    B1 Greasy Spoon
    B2 Live Ray
    B3 Hamburger Lady
    Disc 2
    C1 Almost Like This (A Kiss)
    C2 Splitting Sky
    D1 Convincing People
    D2 Fed Up
    D3 Wall Of Sound

    CD
    Disc 1
    1 P-A-D
    2 What A Day
    3 Greasy Spoon
    4 Live Ray
    5 Hamburger Lady
    6 Almost Like This (A Kiss)
    Disc 2
    1 Splitting Sky
    2 Convincing People
    3 Fed Up
    4 Wall Of Sound

    Throbbing Gristle

    Part Two: The Endless Not / TG Now

      Previously released in 2007, their first full studio album for 25 years, the 12 years that have since past have not diluted it's impact and it stands holding the bands legacy intact and is now part of their classic catalogue. The album has not been available on vinyl for nearly 10 years.


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      Vinyl
      Part Two – The Endless Not:
      A1 Vow Of Silence
      A2 Rabbit Snare
      B1 Separated
      B2 Almost A Kiss
      B3 Greasy Spoon
      C1 Lyre Liar
      C2 Above The Below
      D1 Endless Not
      D2 The Worm Waits Its Turn
      D3 After The Fall
      TG Now:
      E1 X-Ray
      E2 Splitting Sky
      F1 Almost Like This
      F2 How Do You Deal

      CD
      CD 1 - Part Two – The Endless Not:
      1 Vow Of Silence
      2 Rabbit Snare
      3 Separated
      4 Almost A Kiss
      5 Greasy Spoon
      6 Lyre Liar
      7 Above The Below
      8 Endless Not
      9 The Worm Waits Its Turn
      10 After The Fall
      CD2 - TG Now:
      1 X-Ray
      2 Splitting Sky
      3 Almost Like This
      4 How Do You Deal

      Throbbing Gristle

      Throbbing Gristle’s Greatest Hits

        Genesis P. Orridge was the Frank Zappa of experimental electronic music, exploring virtually every notion and idea of performance that he could possibly muster. And his period with Throbbing Gristle resulted in some of the most dense and difficult music to ever see the light of day, a staggering thought even decades after the band's demise. Turning the idea of rock music on its head and injecting it with a lethal dose of electronica, Gristle was light years ahead of its time and suffered endless persecution from the British government because of their wild ideas. On this ironically titled collection, the band offers 11 tracks that plant the seeds for a number of genres. Synth pop is here in the primal, awkward guise of "Adrenalin," while "Hot on the Heels of Love" may be one of the very first techno songs ever. "Subhuman" would set the standard for the type of ranting industrial rock that Skinny Puppy and Ministry would actually have to water down, and "Six Six Sixties" is the sort of guitar-driven noise narrative which would later find brief popularity with the New York City art rock scene.  Standing heads and tails above the rest of their contemporaries, this is the best place to first discover Throbbing Gristle's difficult but rewarding body of work. Anyone with even a passing interest in unusual and experimental music would do themselves a big favor by checking this out.

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        LP / CD1:
        1 Hamburger Lady
        2 Hot On The Heels Of Love
        3 Subhuman
        4 AB/7A
        5 Six Six Sixties
        6 Blood On The Floor
        7 20 Jazz Funk Greats
        8 TiabGuls
        9 United
        10 What A Day
        11 Adrenalin & Dialogue

        CD2:
        1 The Old Man Smiled (Alt Mix)
        2 Zyklon B Zombie B
        3 Dead On Arrival
        4 We Hate You (Little Girls)
        5 Five Knuckle Shuffle
        6 Discipline (Berlin – Edit)
        7 Persuasion
        8 AB7A (AB7B Mix)
        9 Distant Dreams (Part Two)

        Throbbing Gristle

        D.O.A. The Third And Final Report Of Throbbing Gristle

          DoA The Third and Final Report of Throbbing Gristle is, along with 20 Jazz Funk Greats, the bands most famous and sought after album, back in print and on coloured vinyl after being unavailable for a few years.

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          LP / CD1:
          1 I.B.M.
          2 Hit By A Rock
          3 United
          4 Valley Of The Shadow Of The Death
          5 Dead On Arrival
          6 Weeping
          7 Hamburger Lady
          8 Hometime
          9 AB/7A
          10 E-Coli
          11 Death Threats
          12 Walls Of Sound
          13 Blood On The Floor

          CD2:
          1 Introduction – The Crypt 1978
          2 It’s Always The Way – Goldsmiths College, London 1978
          3 Industrial Muszak – The Crypt 1978
          4 Cabaret Voltaire – IT College Wakefield 1978
          5 Hamburger Lady – Goldsmiths College, London 1978
          6 IBM – Goldsmiths College, London 1978
          7 New After Cease To Exist Soundtrack LFMC 1978
          8 Whistling Song – The Crypt 1978
          9 Mother Spunk – IT College Wakefield 1978
          10 DoA - Goldsmiths College, London 1978
          11 Five Knuckle Shuffle
          12 We Hate You (Little Girls)

          Throbbing Gristle

          Mission Of Dead Souls

            ‘Mission Of Dead Souls’: The final performance of Throbbing Gristle before their initial breakup, at the Kezar Pavillion, San Francisco on 29 May 1981. Remastered. Following the release of this album and public statement by Throbbing Gristle of ‘This Mission Is Terminated’ the legend of the band began and influence upon generations started to be felt.

            TRACK LISTING

            Dead Souls
            Guts On The Floor
            Circle Of Animals
            Looking For The OTO
            Vision And Voice
            Funeral Rites
            Spirits Flying
            Persuasion USA
            Thee Process
            Discipline (Reprise)

            Throbbing Gristle

            Heathen Earth

              ‘Heathen Earth’: A live document of a performance by TG to a small and invited audience on 16 February 1980. Uses re-mastering from 2011. Neither an insight into TG’s recording process nor private live show, ‘Heathen Earth’ is its own entity and exists as a document and testament to a group of people at the height of their creative powers, recorded just over a year before they disbanded and terminated the mission.

              TRACK LISTING

              CD1
              Cornet
              The Old Man Smiled
              Improvisation
              The World Is A War Film
              Something Came Over Me
              Still Talking
              Bass
              Don't Do As You're Told, Do As You
              Think
              Painless Childbirth

              CD2
              Introducton - Sheffield University 1980
              Trained Condition Of Obedience - S036
              Club Berlin 1980
              Heathen Earth - Sheffield University
              1980
              An Old Man Smiled - S036 Club Berlin
              1980
              Auschwitz - Rafters, Manchester 1980
              Devil's Gateway - Rafters, Manchester
              1980
              Punished - Sheffield University 1980
              Tortured Smiles - Sheffield University
              1980
              We Said No - Sheffield University 1980
              Subhuman
              Adrenalin

              LP
              Untitled
              Untitled

              Throbbing Gristle

              Journey Through A Body

                ‘Journey Through A Body’: Recorded as a piece of art for and in the studios of Italian National Radio RAI in Rome March 1981. Remastered. On the recommendation of Robert Wyatt, RAI originally commissioned Cosey Fanni Tutti to create a sound work based on the theme of ‘A Journey Through The Body’. It became a Throbbing Gristle project which was later broadcast by RAI. This was the last studio recording by Throbbing Gristle. It was recorded in five days, a day per body section. No tracks were re-recorded or added to after their day. Each track was mixed immediately after recording. No tracks were pre-planned; all tracks were invented directly to tape.

                TRACK LISTING

                Medicine
                Catholic Sex
                Exotic Functions
                Violencia (The Bullet)
                Oltre La Morte, Birth And Death

                Throbbing Gristle

                The Second Annual Report - 40th Anniversary Edition

                  Throbbing Gristle's first album - the "Second" refers to it coming out at the end of their second year together - must have sounded like it came from another planet upon its 1977 release. Heavily influential to industrial outfits of the 1980s, who took TG's raw, experimental noise ideas and made them more accessible, "Second Annual Report" is TG at their most extreme.

                  From its deadpan sleeve to the peculiar choice of structuring - the album features three separate live versions of the horrific "Slug Bait" (including a wonderful clip of a DJ screaming at the audience after a Throbbing Gristle gig) and four more straightforward cuts of "Maggot Death" - "Second Annual Report" is a startling document. This reissue also includes the lengthy improvisation "After Cease to Exist" and both sides of the subversive "United / Zyklon B. Zombie" single.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  CD1 / LP
                  Industrial Introduction
                  Slug Bait (Live At The ICA London)
                  Slug Bait (Live At Southampton)
                  Slug Bait (Live At Brighton)
                  Maggot Death (Studio Recording)
                  Maggot Death (Live At Rat Club)
                  Maggot Death (Live At Southampton)
                  Maggot Death (Live At Brighton)
                  After Cease To Exist Soundtrack

                  CD2 (TGCD2 Only)
                  No Two Ways (Hat Fair Winchester 1976)
                  Last Exit (Brighton Poly 1977)
                  Forced Entry (Nuffield 1977)
                  Tesco Disco (Rat Club, London 1977)
                  Feeling Critical (Art College, Winchester 1977)
                  National Affront (Nuffield 1977)
                  Urge To Kill (Rat Club, London 1977)
                  Zyklon B Zombie (7" B-Side)
                  United (7" A-Side)

                  Throbbing Gristle

                  20 Jazz Funk Greats - 40th Anniversary Edition

                    One of THE classic post-punk albums of the late 70s, "20 Jazz Funk Greats" sees Throbbing Gristle breaking away from their strictly industrial / experimental noise sound of previous years and dipping a toe in more accessible waters. Obviously that's 'accessibility' TG style, with the title track opener mixing a minimal drum rhythm, melancholic trumpet wails and synth noise - not necessarily one for the youth club disco... Originally released in 1979 - the same year as PIL's "Metal Box", and with a similar boundary-pushing desire, "20 Jazz Funk Greats" is one of the most influential albums for the forthcoming 1980s EBM movement. Standout tracks include the drum-panned sequence-heavy "Still Walking", morose "Convincing People" (TG's answer to "Poptones"?), the krautrock-inspired beauty "Walkabout" and massive disco-not-disco / electro-dance anthem "Hot On The Heels Of Love". Essential.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Patrick says: Although it clocks in at eleven tracks, none of which are even vaguely jazz-funk, this LP really is great. Better than great actually - it’s a sleazy, queasy, properly perverted masterpiece. In a move which laid the blueprint for the industrial and EBM movements which followed, Hull’s finest married post punk grit with corrosive synthesis to create a truly unsettling listen.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    CD1 / LP
                    Beachy Head
                    Still Walking
                    Tanith
                    Convincing People
                    Exotica
                    Hot On Heels Of Love
                    Persuasion
                    Walkabout
                    What A Day
                    Six Six Sixties

                    CD2 (TGCD4 Only)
                    Weapon Training (The Factory 1979)
                    Convincing People (The Factory 1979)
                    They Make No Say (Northampton 1979)
                    Five Knuckle Shuffle (The Factory, Manchester 1979)
                    His Arm Was Her Leg (The Factory 1979)
                    See You Are (The Factory 1979)
                    What A Day (The Factory 1979)
                    Discipline (Manchester, 12" Single A-Side)
                    Discipline (Berlin, 12" Single B-Side)


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