This Heat
This Heat

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2016 EU on reissued LP - A legendary album.This Heat were a unique band mixing punk attitude with progressive tendencies, English whimsy with German experimentalism. This album, compiled from studio sessions and live cassettes, captures their early inca

Label:  Modern Classics Recordings 
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Release date: 06-05-2016(orginally released in 1979)
 
2016 EU reissue on limited standard LP - A legendary album.This Heat were a unique band mixing punk attitude with progressive tendencies, English whimsy with German experimentalism. This album, compiled from studio sessions and live cassettes, captures their early incandescence. 24 track loop develops the tape loop technique, Horizontal Hold is reminiscent of Robert Wyatt and Fall of Saigon is a mournful ode to the ambassadors cat, with Bullen's guitar echoing the work of Michael Karoli. In fact the influence of Can and Faust can be felt throughout,tere certainly weren't many UK bands this far out. Not for the faint hearted, This Heat were a howl of rage against society, more catharsis than showbiz. A legendary album.
 
Tracks:
A1 Testcard
A2 Horizontal Hold
A3 Not Waving
A4 Water
A5 Twilight Furniture
 
B1 24 Track Loop
B2 Diet Of Worms
B3 Music Like Escaping Gas
B4 Rainforest
B5 The Fall Of Saigon
B6 Testcard
 
Isn't it so often the case that the most innovative works of art – the ones that break the ground where others follow – are the ones that seem to reach only the ears of those who take those ideas and run with them? So it is with This Heat and their eponymous debut album frequently referred to as ‘blue and yellow' for its ultra-minimal jacket. Within its 48 minute run time, the seeds of post-punk, avant rock, noise rock and post-rock can be found.
 
Formed in Brixton, a multicultural, and – at the time – down-at-heel part of south London, This Heat were born into a music scene in rapid flux, first thanks to the punk explosion and then via new wave and its myriad offshoots into pop, rock and art-rock. But while many sought to apply punk attitude to chart-friendly sounds, This Heat were concocting some of the most experimental ideas ever committed to tape, taking influence from musique concrète, krautrock, the burgeoning industrial scene and even the dub reggae blasting out in their home borough.
 
Their debut album had – for the time and for the DIY scene – an unusually long gestation, recorded in sessions between February 1976 and September 1978 in a variety of studios including their own Cold Storage, a converted cold storage room in the Acme Studios complex. Innovating throughout, they combined loops and tape manipulation with live performance and haunting vocals to a complex, dissonant whole. The band recorded everything they ever did – including gigs – and tracks such as "Water" were entirely improvised in the studio. 
 
Given the difficult, abrasive, and involved nature of their sound, This Heat never found anything approaching mainstream success, but patronage by the influential Radio 1 DJ John Peel meant they reached a national audience – whether that audience was ready for them or not. Celebrating This Heat's 40th anniversary in 2016, Modern Classics Recordings will re-issue the band's catalog – 1979's This Heat, 1980's Health and Efficiency, and 1981's Deceit – with full co-operation of surviving members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward. Four decades on, the tireless efforts of This Heat's process can once again be a revelation for new audiences.
Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): standard
Speed(33,45): 33rpm
Label: Modern Classics Recordings
Originally released: 1979
This release: 2016
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