5 Apr 2005
A Certain Ratio 'Live In America' reissue 
New label Melodic Re-issues' first release will be A Certain Ratio's Live In America later this month.

This album was originally released in 1985 and sold on cassette at their gigs. The band will also be headlining a series of gigs in London, Manchester and Glasgow (and maybe more) to promote the release.

This news follows hot on the heels of the announcement of a download-only live album of last year's Fac 511 show and LTM's reissue of I'd Like To See You Again (LTMCD 2438) and a new release 'Live 1980' (LTMCD 2443).

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

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