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20 Jazz Funk Greats
0. DISC 1:
1. 20 Jazz Funk Greats
2. Beachy Head
3. Still Walking
5. Convincing People
7. Hot on the Heels of Love
10. What a Day
11. Six Six Sixties
0. DISC 2: 1979 LIVE BONUS CD:
1. Weapon Training [Live at The Factory, Manchester 1979] - (live)
2. Convincing People [Live at The Factory 1979] - (live)
3. They Make No Say [Guildhall, Northampton 1979] - (live)
4. Five Knuckle Shuffle [Live at The Factory 1979] - (live)
5. His Arm Was Her Leg [Live at The Factory 1979] - (live)
6. See You Are [Live at The Factory 1979] - (live)
7. What a Day [Live at The Factory 1979] - (live)
8. Discipline [Manchester 12" Single A-Side] - (live)
9. Discipline [Berlin 12" Single B-Side] - (live)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): IRLCD 003
Throbbing Gristle: Cosey Fanni Tutti (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, cornet); Peter Christopherson (vocals, cornet, vibraphone); Chris Carter (vocals, synthesizer); Genesis P-Orridge (violin, synthesizer, vibraphone, bass).
Personnel: Genesis P-Orridge (vocals, violin, synthesizer, vibraphone, bass guitar); Cosey Fanni Tutti (vocals, cornet, synthesizer); Peter Christopherson (vocals, cornet, vibraphone); Chris Carter (vocals, sequencer).
Audio Remasterer: Chris Carter.
Liner Note Author: Jon Savage .
Recording information: Studios Of Industrial Records (09/03/1979).
Though Throbbing Gristle's label, Industrial Records, inadvertently gave the music world a new genre heading, there's not much in the way of clanging pipes or steam-vent hiss on 20 JAZZ FUNK GREATS. Then again, you'll find no jazz (title track excepted), precious little funk, and only 13 songs here. "Maturing" beyond the performance-art outrages of COUM Transmissions, TG's Genesis P-Orridge, Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti, and Peter Christopherson take to cutting slabs of murky, artless, malevolent noise with such titles as "Zyklon-B Zombie" and "Maggot Death."
GREATS slaps a sarcastic happy-face on the band's antisocial aesthetic. This is TG's "pop" album. The cover even shows them standing in a meadow, grinning ear-to-ear (or trying to). The cause of their amusement, however, is a nude female corpse splayed among the tall poppies. The creepy calm of "Tanith," the tortured synth-pop of "Still Walking," and "Hot On The Heels Of Love" capture the mood. Terminally sour P-Orridge's chanted litany of complaints ("What A Day") is pretty funny, and "Walkabout" is a lovely synth-strumental. But the voyeuristic aplomb with which he tears into "Persuasion," a grainy S&M script set to Gristle-y sound effects, is thoroughly unnerving.
Q (9/91) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "..travels between the melodic structures of a perverse Abba to the electronic austerity of Kraftwerk.."
Uncut (magazine) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "20 JAZZ FUNK GREATS marked a turn into lighter territory....Sublimating TG's noise elements within electronic rhythms and proto-exotica."
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