Friday, July 30, 2021

Magazine: Real Life 1978 (Remaster 2007) + The Correct Use Of Soap 1980 (Remaster 2007)

After leaving the Buzzcocks in 1977, vocalist Howard Devoto formed Magazine with guitarist John

McGeoch, bassist Barry Adamson, keyboardist Bob Dickinson, and drummer Martin Jackson. One of the first post-punk bands, Magazine kept the edgy, nervous energy of punk and added elements of art rock, particularly with their theatrical live shows and shards of keyboards. Devoto's lyrics were combinations of social commentary and poetic fragments, while the band alternated between cold, jagged chords and gloomy, atmospheric sonic landscapes.
Devoto left the group in May of 1981 to pursue a solo career and the band broke up shortly afterward.



Real Life is the debut studio album by English rock band Magazine. It was released in June 1978 by

record label Virgin. The album includes the band's debut single "Shot by Both Sides", and was also preceded by the non-album single "Touch and Go", a song from the album's recording sessions.
Real Life has received critical acclaim and is considered a pioneering post-punk record. It has also been described as new wave and art rock.

Magazine ‎– Real Life
Label: Virgin ‎– 0946 3 85293 2 3, Virgin ‎– CDVR 2100
Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered 19 Mar 2007
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 1978
Genre: Rock
Style: New Wave



Howard Devoto – vocals
John McGeoch – guitar and saxophone
Barry Adamson – bass guitar
Dave Formula – keyboards
Martin Jackson – drums


01. Definitive Gaze  4:29
02. My Tulpa  4:51
03. Shot By Both Sides  4:04
04. Recoil  2:52
05. Burst  5:02
06. Motorcade  5:44
07. The Great Beautician In The Sky  5:00
08. The Light Pours Out Of Me  4:36
09. Parade  5:21

Bonus Tracks

10. Shot By Both Sides (Original Single Version)  4:01
11. My Mind Ain't So Open  2:19
12. Touch And Go  2:58
13. Goldfinger  3:51

"Real Life" (Tracks 1 to 9) originally released in the UK, June 1978 with the catalogue number V 2100.
"Shot By Both Sides - Original Single Version" and "My Mind Ain't So Open" originally released in the UK, January 1978 with the catalogue number VS 200.
"Touch And Go" and "Goldfinger" originally released in the UK, April 1978 with the catalogue number VS 207.

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The Correct Use of Soap is the third studio album by English post-punk band Magazine, released by

Virgin Records in 1980. It contains some of Magazine's best-known and most popular songs, including the singles "A Song from Under the Floorboards" and "Sweetheart Contract" and their cover of Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)". A different version of the album, entitled An Alternative Use of Soap, was released in Canada in 1980 by then-distributor Polygram Records.

It was Magazine's last album with original guitarist John McGeoch, who left the band after the release of the album and joined Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Magazine ‎– The Correct Use Of Soap
Label: Virgin ‎– 0946 3 85295 2 1, Virgin ‎– CDVR 2156
Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered 2007
Country: Europe
Released: 1980
Genre: Rock
Style: New Wave, Art Rock


Howard Devoto - Vocals
Barry Adamson - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
John Doyle - Drums, Percussion
John McGeoch - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Dave Formula - Keyboards
Laura Teresa - Backing Vocals [Additional]   


01. Because You're Frightened     3:57
02. Model Worker     2:53
03. I'm A Party     3:05
04. You Never Knew Me     5:26
05. Philadelphia     4:08
06. I Want To Burn Again     5:17
07. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)     3:40
08. Sweetheart Contract     3:20
09. Stuck     4:07
10. A Song From Under The Floorboards     4:10

Bonus Tracks

11. Twenty Years Ago     3:03
12. The Book     2:22
13. Upside Down     3:47
14. The Light Pours Out Of Me - Version     3:28

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The Scientists: Absolute 1991 + Sedition (Live) 2007

The Scientists is a post-punk band from Perth, Western Australia, led by Kim Salmon, initially

known as the Exterminators and then the Invaders. The band had two primary incarnations: the Perth-based punk band of the late 1970s and the Sydney/London-based swamp rock band of the 1980s. In October 2010, Blood Red River (1983) was included in the list in the book 100 Best Australian Albums.

The Australian group Scientists are guided by the rough-hewn voice and brawling guitar of Kim

Salmon, a legendary figure on the continent's music scene. The band started out in the late '70s as besuited punks playing an energetic mix of New York Dolls-style glam and jangling power pop. Early singles like "Frantic Romantic" and "Last Night" are fine examples of just how good that particular blend can sound. After a brief split, they returned in the early '80s as post-punk noise rockers with one foot in the blues and one foot in the gutter.     


The Blood Red River EP announced their arrival and 1985's You Get What You Deserve cemented their

place in the noise-rock firmament. After some disappointing time in London and a brief appearance on an American record label with 1986's Weird Love, Salmon broke up the band. After years spent pursuing a wide range of musical styles, Salmon re-formed the 1986 edition of Scientists on the heels of a career-spanning Numero Group box set. The band picked up where they left off, and after a few singles and an EP, delivered a vigorous comeback LP with 2021's Negativity.

The Scientists legend spread with the help of a couple of compilations, 1990's Pissed on Another

Planet, a set of early punk and power pop tracks, and 1991's Sub Pop-issued Absolute. Then, after years when they seemed destined to become a cult band that was lost to time, they reunited for a one-off show at 2010's ATP Festival in New York. After another few years of obscurity, in late 2016 Numero Group issued the comprehensive A Place Called Bad box set, which collected most of their work from the '80s.

Inspired by the set, Salmon re-formed the band (the 1985/1986 lineup of Salmon, Thewlis, Sujdovic,

and Cowie) for live shows in 2018. It went well enough that they decided to do some recording. The "Braindead (Resuscitated)"/"SurvivalsKills" single was issued in 2018, the 9H₂O.SiO₂ EP followed in 2019. Both were released by In the Red Records and showed that the band were just as abrasive and loose as ever, and the same lineup recorded 2021's Negativity album.

Salmon switched up the writing process this time, recording drums parts himself, then sending them to

Thewlis, who would come up with riffs. Next, the rest of the band would get together and work out the remainder. Regardless of the way it was made, the album is vintage Scientists, with a few twists, like the occasional female backing vocals, Baroque pop choruses, violins, and humorous lyrics thrown in along the way. The record was also released by In the Red.

Kim Salmon (vocals, guitar), Boris Sujdovic (bass, 1978, 1981-86, 2007-), James Baker (drums, 1978-81), Roddy Ray'da (guitar, vocals, 1978-79), Dennis Byrne (bass, 1979), Ben Juniper (guitar, 1979-80), Ian Sharples (bass, 1979-81), Brett Rixon (drums, bass, 1981-85, 1987), Tony Thewlis (guitar, 1981-87, 2007-), Richard Hertz (drums, 1985), Leanne Chock (drums, 1985-86, 2007-), Rob Coyne (bass, 1986), Nick Combe (drums, 1986-87)  



This collection is a band-compiled best-of, with cuts from Australia's the Scientists dating from 1981 to 1987.  

While the group officially formed in 1979, they released a string of astonishing albums in the '80s displaying a style that pre-dates the Sub Pop sound of the next decade. Drawing on the Stooges, the Rolling Stones, and the Seeds, their garage-influenced post-punk sound veered toward psychedelic pop, much like fellow countrymen the Saints. Absolute collects their highlights, "Swampland," "Set It on Fire" and "Blood Red River," making for an intense pummeling within the first half of the record.

What separated the Scientists from any number of post-punk bands of the time was the diversity of

influences, where Cramps-style garage twang rubs up against Big Star pop hooks, often within the same song, and leader and main mouth Kim Salmon has a keen sensibility for arrangements built around a drone -- such as the sublime "We Had Love" -- so it is no doubt they had admirers in Spacemen 3 and Mudhoney. Despite varying production standards, and non-chronological sequence of songs, this collection hangs together as well as any album could, and is a great introduction to the Scientists.
By Dean McFarlane

Scientists ‎– Absolute
Label: Red Eye Records ‎– RED CD 23
Format: CD, Compilation
Country: Germany
Released: 1991
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock


01. Swampland     4:12
02. Fire Escape     3:54
03. We Had Love     4:50
04. Set It On Fire     2:51
05. Blood Red River     2:35
06. Solid Gold Hell     3:35
07. Nitro     3:30
08. Backwards Man     6:22
09. Murderess In A Purple Dress     2:41
10. Psycho Cook Supreme     2:59
11. Travis     3:57
12. It Came Out Of The Sky     3:03
13. You Only Live Twice     2:39
14. A Place Called Bad     4:42
15. Shine     5:21
16. Human Jukebox     4:50

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This live recording captures legendary Australian avant rock 'n' rollers The Scientists on the comeback

trail in support of Mudhoney last year, shortly after playing the All Tomorrow's Parties festival the grunge legends curated in May 2006. although the band formed in 1978, it was their post-1981 incarnation as a swampy garage combo that had the greatest effect on generations to come, with the likes of Thurston Moore, Nirvana, The White Stripes and ATP's own The Drones all citing them as an influence. The band's raucous sound certainly hasn't been tamed by the passage of time. Sedition finds them on top form, with this set sounding somewhere between the The New York Dolls and The Birthday Party.

[By Thom Jurek
Recorded at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London in May of 2006, the reunion of the original Australian wild boys -- now men -- the Scientists proved to be a vehicle for the band's seminal lineup of Kim

Salmon, Tony Thewlis, Boris Sudjovic, and Brett Rixon to resume operations at least as a touring entity in 2007. This live album attests to why that's true. Eleven tracks worth of classic Scientists material are here, from "Swampland," "Burnout," "Nitro," and "Blood Red River" to "Leadfoot," "We Had Love," "Rev Head," and "Set It on Fire" (11 songs in 45 minutes). It's as if they set out to make a definitive greatest-hits record, and most of these versions top the originals by an outback mile with ragged, swampy max volume with blast and throb intensity. Who the hell knew they still had it in them? This is two Aussie bands who have reunited and made live appearances that kick the living shit out of their much younger American contemporaries.

For those unaware of the Scientists, they come from Perth Australia, and were four disillusioned, drunken, doped up kids with guitars and fast cars who set out to make a racket in a town that had never heard one. Inspired by the noise of the Stooges, the MC5, Alice Cooper, Blue Cheer, Suicide, and a ton

of other American rawk acts from the '60s, they did it and carved out a sound that was copied to the point that people don't even know the source of it anymore. Insipid alienated whiney indie rock this ain't. This is ugly, brutal, bluesed-out rock & roll from another planet. Link Wray would have understood the Scientists, so would Lux and Ivy from the Cramps; Ron Asheton gets them, so did Mudhoney, Jon Spencer, Sonic Youth, fellow Aussies Dirty Three and Nick Cave. This is music that has to hit your body for you to actually encounter it fully, and you should. Anyone interested in the wild aspect of rock & roll, the untamed, savage fury and lust of its true hellbent spirit should give this one a shot. Those who dug the band back when; your suspicions have not been confirmed. This is the Scientists at their furious best.

Scientists ‎– Sedition
Label: ATP Recordings ‎– ATPRCD24
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 2007
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock




01. Swampland  (Written-By – Kim Williams)  5:20
02. Burnout     3:07
03. Solid Gold Hell     3:28
04. Nitro  (Written-By – Brett Rixon, Tony Thewlis)  3:29
05. Blood Red River  (Written-By – Linda Fearon)  2:50
06. Set It On Fire     2:47
07. Rev Head  (Written-By – Boris Sujdovic)  5:15
08. When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow     2:44
09. Leadfoot     3:21
10. Backwards Man     7:59
11. We Had Love     4:45

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Monday, July 26, 2021

Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard: Big In Europe Vol. 1 (Warsaw 2009) + Vol. 2 (Amsterdam 2009) 2013



As both a solo artist and member of groups including Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, Klaus Schulze is acknowledged as one of the founding fathers of contemporary electronic music. His epic,

meditative soundscapes helped pave the way for new age and ambient music, and his sequencer-driven rhythmic explorations anticipated the rise of techno and trance. Making his solo debut with 1972's visionary Irrlicht, recorded using tape machines and an electronic organ, Schulze began using synthesizers soon afterward, producing classics such as 1975's "Timewind" and 1976's "Moondawn". During the '80s, he switched to digital equipment on albums like "Dig It" (1980), as well as several releases under his Richard Wahnfried alias, which contained his most accessible material.

After flirting with the possibilities of sampling on albums such as 1990's "Beyond Recall", Schulze explored classical music and opera on releases such as "Goes Classic" (1994) and "Dosburg Online" (1997), in addition to ambient techno on the Dark Side of the Moog series with Pete Namlook and Bill Laswell. During the 21st century, he collaborated with Dead Can Dance vocalist Lisa Gerrard on several concerts and recordings, and continued releasing solo works such as 2018's Silhouettes.

Born in Berlin on August 4, 1947, Schulze began his performing career during the '60s, playing guitar, bass, and drums in a variety of local bands. By 1969, he was drumming in Tangerine Dream, appearing a year later on their debut LP, Electronic Meditation. The album was Schulze's lone effort with the group, however, as he soon co-founded Ash Ra Tempel with Manuel Gottsching and Harmut Enke, debuting in 1971 with a self-titled record; again, however, the band format appeared to stifle Schulze, and he mounted a solo career a few months later.

After collaborating with Stomu Yamash'ta on 1976's Go, Schulze resurfaced with a flurry of new solo material, including the LP "Moondawn", 1977's "Mirage", and two volumes of the porn soundtrack "Body Love". He remained extraordinarily prolific in the years to follow, with 1979's "Dune", inspired by the Frank Herbert sci-fi classic, becoming his 11th solo record released during the '70s alone.  In

2005, he began re-releasing his earlier works with previously unissued bonus tracks, in addition to giving wider releases to material that was previously only available as part of limited box sets The Ultimate Edition (2000) and Contemporary Works I (2000) and II (2002). In 2007, Schulze released the solo album "Kontinuum". He also began recording and performing concerts with Dead Can Dance singer Lisa Gerrard. The duo released Farscape and the live album Rheingold, both double CDs, in 2008. These were followed in 2009 by Dziękuję Bardzo, also featuring Gerrard, which was released as a triple CD as well as a DVD. Schulze's solo live two-CD/DVD Big in Japan appeared in 2010. The studio album Shadowlands appeared in 2013, as did The Schulze–Schickert Session 1975, a previously unearthed collaboration with Günter Schickert.

Schulze announced in 2013 that he would no longer be performing concerts. He still continued to issue live albums, though, with two volumes of Big in Europe (with Gerrard) appearing in 2013 and 2014, and Stars Are Burning, a collection of previously unreleased concert recordings from the late '70s, surfacing in 2014. In 2016, Schulze and Namlook's Dark Side of the Moog work was anthologized as three limited-edition CD box sets, and in 2017, his four-part Ballet series was reissued. Silhouettes, Schulze's first studio album in five years, was released in 2018.
Artist Biography by Jason Ankeny.

Klaus Schulze on Urban Aspirines HERE



Lisa Gerrard is an award-winning singer, composer, and instrumentalist from Australia who rose to

fame as a member of Dead Can Dance during the 1980s, and has remained an in-demand collaborator and soundtrack composer throughout. One of the most otherworldly vocalists of her time, she sings in the dramatic contralto and mezzo-soprano ranges, often in a self-created language.

As with Dead Can Dance's work, Gerrard's own music is virtually unclassifiable, incorporating folk melodies, traditional instruments, electronics, and orchestral arrangements. Among other instruments, she is particularly skilled at playing the yangqin, a Chinese hammered dulcimer. After releasing several albums as part of Dead Can Dance throughout the '80s and early '90s, she made her solo debut in 1995 with the full-length "The Mirror Pool".

By the early 2000s, she'd established herself as a notable film composer; her score for the 2000 film Gladiator, in collaboration with Hans Zimmer, won a Golden Globe and her original score for 2009's

Balibo which received an Aria award. Gerrard has worked on dozens of film and television scores such as A Thousand Roads (2005), Burning Man (2011), Samsara (2014), and Valley Of Shadows (2018) and released several more solo albums including 2009's "The Black Opal", and 2014's "Twilight Kingdom". She has engaged in numerous recorded and live collaborations with Pieter Bourke, Patrick Cassidy, Klaus Schulze, Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares, among many others. In 2021, she and composer Jules Maxwell (Dead Can Dance's keyboardist) released the collaborative album "Burn".

She went on a world tour, marking the first time she had ever toured in her home country. In 2008, Farscape, her collaboration with Klaus Schulze, was released and followed by a tour. Gerrard also worked on film and television soundtracks during the year. In 2009, she began her own Gerrard Records label, and undertook another tour with Schulze.

Composer Jules Maxwell joined Dead Can Dance as a keyboardist for the 2012 reunion world tour. He and Gerrard composed the song "Rising Of The Moon" together. The band eventually performed it as

each evening's final encore. They also collaborated on songs for 2018's BooCheeMish. Their tracks became the seed material for an album-length collaboration. With Maps' James Chapman as a collaborator and producer, they recorded an album across three continents during 2020's COVID-19 quarantine. The finished album was titled "Burn", and released in April 2021.
Artist Biography by Richie Unterberger.


Lisa Gerrard on Urban Aspirines HERE



Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard ‎– Big In Europe Vol. 1 Warsaw
Label: MIG ‎– MIG 01050 2DVD+CD
Format: CD, Album, DVD-Video
Country: Germany
Released: 29 Nov 2013
Genre: Rock
Style: Electronic


01. Voices Of Wielun     07:46
02. Kampania Wrzesniowa     06:03
03. Selbsterkennende Ganzwerdung     27:15
04.  A La Recherche Du Printemps Perdu     06:58
05. The Da Varsaw Code     10:28

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Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard ‎– Big In Europe Vol. 2 - Amsterdam
Label: MIG ‎– MIG 01060 2CD+2DVD
Format: 2 × CD, Album, 2 × DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC
Country: Germany
Released: 19 Sep 2014
Genre: Rock
Style: Electronic


01. Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck     8:47
02. Mad Ret Sma     6:39
03. Prinsengracht     18:11
04. The Polish Rider     12:44

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01. Orcus Humanum Est     19:05
02. Leiden     19:40
03. Hieronymus     13:07
04. Le Moulin Deja Vu     13:36

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