15 Jun 2013
Cabaret Voltaire #8385 Collected Works 
Limited edition deluxe 6CD, 2DVD & 4LP box set set for release in November 2013 via the Cabaret Voltaire shop.

Cabaret Voltaire #8385 Collected Works will include remastered versions of The Crackdown, Micro-Phonies, Drinking Gasoline, The Covenant, The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord and also feature B-sides, remixes, 2 live concerts, Gasoline In Your Eye and unreleased material by Cabaret Voltaire.

Meanwhile, a new book Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music is available to pre-order and is the first serious discussion of industrial music and comes replete with a foreword by the Cabs' Stephen Mallinder, PhD.

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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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