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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A Certain Ratio

"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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