28 Jan 2004
Risen from the grave The Esprit website and the The Soul Jazz Records website are carrying varying degrees of information about the forthcoming cd reissue of A Certain Ratio's classic studio/live album 'The Graveyard and The Ballroom' which was previously issued on Factory cassette.

Tracklisting for the CD is as follows: 1. Do The Du, 2. Faceless, 3. Crippled Child, 4. Choir, 5. Flight, 6. I feel, 7. Strain, 8. All Night Party, 9. Oceans, 10. The Choir, 11. The Fox, 12. Suspect, 13. Flight, 14. Genotype/Phenotype, 15. And Then Again (Bonus track), 16. The Thin Boys (Bonus track)

The vinyl edition features the last two cd tracks on a "bonus" 12" single.

Soul Jazz previously issued the ACR compilation 'Early' and also 'In The Beginning There Was Rhythm' featuring ACR, Cabaret Voltaire and (non-Fac) The Human League.

Watch this space for a full illustrated ACR on Factory discography.

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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