ORIGINAL SOUND OF SHEFFIELD '83/'87. BEST OF;
ALBUM VIRGIN RELEASE: DECEMBER,
2001 REVIEW: JANUARY 23, 2002
say that British Cabaret Voltaire has influenced a lot of the leading
hard electronic bands is not an understatement. Skinny Puppy, Front Line
Assembly and Front 242 are just a few of those claiming to have listened
a lot to Cabaret Voltaire when they grew up.
When listening to this best-of album, it is also clear these bands have
borrowed a lot from them. Just a quick glance, tells me Skinny Puppy must
have listened to "Crackdown" when they made "Testure",
and you can recognise a lot of Front 242 in for example "I Want You".
album is a compilation of tracks from 1983 to 1987, and gives an excellent
first look into the band. The songs gradually get funkier compared to
the rather monotone and electronic early tracks, through the slap bass
and horn sections on "James Brown", to female backing vocals
and a distinctly funky approach in "Don't Argue (Robie Extended Version)".
Later albums with the band also show an even dancier style, and it's interesting
to follow the progression. Another thing to note is the well-known people
involved. Both Flood and Adrian Sherwood have produced albums, and Francois
Kevorkian has remixed some of the tracks.
course all this sounds a bit dated now, but as a historical document,
this CD is a masterpiece. If you are interested in the roots of electronic
body music, this is a part of it. There are some other compilations with
the Sheffield legends out there. This album mostly contains remixed versions,
so if you want the originals, maybe you should get "The Living Legends"
on Mute Records. There is also a three CD box called "Conform to
Deform '82/'90. Archive;" which contains even more remixes, and live