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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"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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