27 Aug 2014
A Certain Ratio - Sextet [FBN 11 / FBN 11 CD] 
A Certain Ratio - Sextet [FBN 11 / FBN 11 CD]

Factory Benelux releases a special new edition of A Certain Ratio's classic 1982 Factory Records album Sextet on double vinyl and compact disc on 3 November 2014.

The latin, samba and jazz-tinged album features (and was produced by) the then core quintet of Donald Johnson, Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop, Simon Topping and Peter Terrell joined on vocals by Martha Tilson.

"It all came together for us on Sextet really," confirms bassist (and latterly vocalist) Jez Kerr. "We were all working together - more involved in the recording, and what went down onto tape. It's definitely got something that the other albums haven't."

The newly-remastered set comes replete with bonus tracks on both the CD and vinyl formats including non-album single Waterline plus alter ego excursion Abracadubra and the June 1981 Peel Session. The 2CD version adds further bonus content includes the November 1982 Peel Session, 12" mixes of Knife Slits Water, and an early demo of now-traditional live set closer Si Firmir O Grido.

All this packaged with original cover painting by Denis King and Ben Kelly design.

Sextet (FBN 11 / FBN 11 CD) is available to pre-order now via Factory Benelux mail order.

2LP tracklisting (FBN 11)

-LP1-

Lucinda
Crystal
Gum
Knife Slits Water

Skipscada
Day One
Rub Down
Rialto
Below the Canal

-LP2-

Waterline
Funaezekea
Sommadub

Skipscada (Peel Session)
Day One (Peel Session)
Knife Slits Water (Peel Session)
Abracadubra

2CD tracklisting (FBN 11 CD)

-CD1-

Lucinda
Crystal
Gum
Knife Slits Water
Skipscada
Day One
Rub Down
Rialto
Below the Canal
Waterline
Funaezekea
Abracadubra
Sommadub

-CD2-

Skipscada (Peel 1981)
Day One (Peel 1981)
Knife Slits Water (Peel 1981)
Who's To Say? (Peel 1982)
Piu Lento (Peel 1982)
Touch (Peel 1982)
Si Firmir O Grido (Touch version)
Knife Slits Water (12")
Kether Hot Knives (12")

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