A Certain Ratio ‎– Early

Soul Jazz Records ‎– SJR CD60
CD, Enhanced
All Media, Compilation

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1-1 A Certain Ratio Do The Du 2:49
1-2 A Certain Ratio Flight 6:04
1-3 A Certain Ratio Waterline 4:07
1-4 A Certain Ratio Shack Up 3:13
1-5 A Certain Ratio The Fox 3:03
1-6 A Certain Ratio Blown Away 3:11
1-7 A Certain Ratio Gum 3:01
1-8 A Certain Ratio Life's A Scream 6:32
1-9 A Certain Ratio Skipscada 2:06
1-10 A Certain Ratio Knife Slits Water 7:32
1-11 A Certain Ratio Sounds Like Something Dirty 6:54
1-12 A Certain Ratio Touch 5:03
1-13 A Certain Ratio Saturn 3:48
B-Sides, Rarities & Sessions
2-1 A Certain Ratio All Night Party 3:13
2-2 A Certain Ratio Faceless 2:18
2-3 A Certain Ratio Do The Du
Engineer – Bill AitkinProducer – Tony Wilson
2-4 A Certain Ratio All Night Party
Engineer – Bill AitkinProducer – Tony Wilson
2-5 A Certain Ratio Flight
Engineer – Bill AitkinProducer – Tony Wilson
2-6 A Certain Ratio Choir
Engineer – Bill AitkinProducer – Tony Wilson
2-7 A Certain Ratio Skipscada
Engineer – Dave DadeProducer – Tony Wilson
2-8 A Certain Ratio Felch (Original NYC Mix) 3:43
2-9 Sir Horatio Abracadubra 3:31
2-10 A Certain Ratio Tumba Rhumba 2:34
2-11 A Certain Ratio Si Fermir O Grido 3:22
2-Video A Certain Ratio Tribeca
Film Director – Michael ShambergMixed By [Live Mixing Desk] – Martin Hannett

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A 2CD retrospective of A Certain Ratio's career from '79-'85. Twin tray clear plastic jewel case held in a card slipcase.
Cover design based on original design by Saville & Aitkins for ACR "Flight", 1980.

Track 2-1 is from the original 7" single.
Track 2-2 from Graveyard & Ballroom.
Tracks 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, 2-6 taken from John Peel Session recorded 1/10/1979, first transmission 17/10/1979.
Track 2-7 taken from the John Peel Session recorded 29/6/1981, first transmission 2/7/1981.
Track 2-9 from a Sir Horatio 12".
Track 2-10 is a 7" single b-side.
Track 2-11 from the Touch cassette.
Track 2-Video is a film by Michael Shamberg of ACR in New York City, 1980 intercut with ACR playing percussion in a Tribeca loft.

℗&© Soul Jazz Records 2002
Made in the UK (on discs)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 5 026328 100609
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5026328100609
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): SJRCD60/1 01 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): SJRCD60/2 01 6
  • Mastering SID Code (Both discs): IFPI L136
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI 04G6
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI 04B6
  • Other (Cat# disc 1): SJR CD060-1
  • Other (Cat# disc 2): SJR CD060-2

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SJR LP60 A Certain Ratio Early(2xLP, Comp) Soul Jazz Records SJR LP60 UK 2002 Sell This Version
SJR LP 060 A Certain Ratio Early(2xLP, Comp) Soul Jazz Records SJR LP 060 UK 2008 Sell This Version
SJR CD60 A Certain Ratio Early(CD + CD, Enh + Comp, RP) Soul Jazz Records SJR CD60 UK Unknown Sell This Version
SJR CD60 A Certain Ratio Early(CD, Comp, Promo) Soul Jazz Records SJR CD60 UK 2002 Sell This Version


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August 6, 2013

Factory Records hit me hard as a young man in his super early 20's. Joy Division spoke to me at that age, and also the visuals were incredibly important as well. Ian Curtis was so haunted, it made my heart ache. But now, I can barely listen to their music. Not that I hate it, but more to the fact that the music doesn't speak for me anymore. I used it, it used me, and I was satisfied. Next!

For that label, and what a more lasting effect, is A Certain Ratio. The visuals of the band were even more striking to me than Joy Division. They had this sort of Lawrence of the Arabia without the robes look. Military baggy shorts, 1930's haircuts, thick boy scout or military socks that go up to the knee, and basically sort of look like British prisoners of war circa the early days of World War 2. And the music is …. dub jazz funk. It was like if Miles Davis started a British band in the late 70's. To me I think this was Factory Records head Tony Wilson's great discovery.

Early is the ultimate collection of all the early and hard to find singles by A Certain Ratio. The spacey dub effects and the self-obsessed funk makes this band the bad and slightly darker version of Joy Division's rock stance. If Ian and company looked up to Iggy, The Doors, and Velvets, then A Certain Ratio looked up to obscure funk singles and Miles electric music era. In many ways they perfectly complimented each other. But the lasting effect for me is A Certain Ratio.


May 15, 2007
edited over 11 years ago

Toward the late 70s, two Manchester-based tribes of young people lived together in a weird harmony. On the one hand, the bewitched devotees to the heretic smack of the Velvet Underground and to the ambiguous appeal of David Bowie (Joy Division, Section 25, Crispy Ambulance). On the other, the children of the Northern Soul, fans of black soul music. A Certain Ratio is the perfect link between these two cultures sharing a similar sense of repartee. No need to know how to play an instrument to create a rich musical environment, even when you opt for the difficulty of funky rhythms. "Early", launched at the initiative of the London-based Souljazz label, relates the history of a combo who, alike Cabaret Voltaire, cultivated an absolute taste for singularity (A Certain Ratio started their experimentation with magnetic tapes after attending a Cabaret Voltaire gig). Complete with 2 CDs and a Quicktime video, this anthology will sound like a total musical UFO to whomever never danced on icy-cold dancefloor hits such as Shack Up or Blown Away. The sophisticated booklet is an additional treat to those who still long for this very special period in time that only existed on a microcosmic point of the world's music map.