What a hell of a box! Cherry Red's third volume in their series of "formative electronica" overviews (the first covered the UK, the second continental Europe) draws in names both well-known (Suicide, Ministry, the Residents, Moev, Chrome) and obscure (Data-Bank-A, Architects Office, XX Committee, Rational Youth). Modern composers like Terry Riley and Philip Glass comfortably share space with Controlled Bleeding, Executive Slacks, and Voice Farm in this 4-CD set in a 48-page hardbound book.
Some of our illustrious EC community also appear! Hal McGee is represented by a snippet from the first ever Dog As Master release, a lo-fi bit of industrial sound collage bliss that's somehow related to yet much less refined than his current assemblages (not that there's anything wrong with being less refined!). Rick Franecki appears both on an F/i track AND an F/i collaboration with the criminally underrated industrial group Boy Dirt Car, both of which show why F/i is a legend of American space rock. Al Margolis contributes a fascinating early If,Bwana track from the gorgeously punny Freudian Slip cassette (look up the album cover for the pun!).
Everyone's favorite girl on fire Leslie Singer provides a charmingly DIY bit of sound collage madness in the form of Girls On Fire's delightfully named "Cat Vomit Punk House". Mental Anguish, Chris Phinney's project, is there as well with a lovely piece from MA's fourth cassette.
As with any compilation, the listener will play a mental game of "If I curated this.....", but the selections are solid throughout and they flow perfectly. Get this to hear our wonderful fellow EC'ers during their early years, and stick around to be enthralled by the rest! Even Ministry's goofy synthpop-era dub track sounds good in this context!
A REQUEST: If anyone has ANY information on Isosceles, please contact me! They seem to have been scrubbed completely from the internet (and history as a result) bar their track on disc four. Their track sounds VERY ahead of its time, reminding me of some of the dub techno I enjoyed in my younger years.
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