11 Dec 2010
The Railway Children Rarities #2 Live 
A new collection of live recordings by The Railway Children is out now on download from Ether Records via www.railwaychildren.co.uk.

"Rarities #2 is a 10 song album, featuring live recordings from the period just before the release of Recurrence in '88. Available only from this site, via download, it includes three previously un-released tracks: Twirl, Step Aside and Different Animals. Note that the recordings have been digitally restored from cassette, so sound quality varies somewhat."

Rarities #1 (2007) is still available.


My Word
Step Aside
I Caught You
Different Animals
No Great Objections
In The Meantime
Somewhere South


Ether Records



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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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