28 Jan 2004
Risen from the grave The Esprit website and the The Soul Jazz Records website are carrying varying degrees of information about the forthcoming cd reissue of A Certain Ratio's classic studio/live album 'The Graveyard and The Ballroom' which was previously issued on Factory cassette.

Tracklisting for the CD is as follows: 1. Do The Du, 2. Faceless, 3. Crippled Child, 4. Choir, 5. Flight, 6. I feel, 7. Strain, 8. All Night Party, 9. Oceans, 10. The Choir, 11. The Fox, 12. Suspect, 13. Flight, 14. Genotype/Phenotype, 15. And Then Again (Bonus track), 16. The Thin Boys (Bonus track)

The vinyl edition features the last two cd tracks on a "bonus" 12" single.

Soul Jazz previously issued the ACR compilation 'Early' and also 'In The Beginning There Was Rhythm' featuring ACR, Cabaret Voltaire and (non-Fac) The Human League.

Watch this space for a full illustrated ACR on Factory discography.

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

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