Cabaret Voltaire ‎– 2X45

Rough Trade ‎– ROUGH 42
2 × Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Album


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Side A & B recorded at Western Works, Sheffield, October 1981
Side C & D recorded at Pluto Studios, Manchester, February 1982
Cut at Portland Studios London

Alan Fish appears courtesy of Hula.
Nort appears courtesy of the Surface Mutants.

℗ 1982 Rough Trade Records
© 1982 Rough Trade Music

Released in a fold-over sleeve

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): ROUGH 42 A1 A PORKY PRIME CUT. ONE-DOWN, TWO TO GO. MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): ROUGH 42 B1 A π ろ ∆ π ζ # MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): ROUGH 42 C1 JM BOOGA NA GAN GAN GAN. MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): ROUGH 42 D1 BLESS YOU....... A PORKY PRIME CUT MPO

Other Versions (5 of 14) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ROUGH 42 Cabaret Voltaire 2X45(2x12", Album) Rough Trade ROUGH 42 Benelux 1982 Sell This Version
none Cabaret Voltaire 2X45(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) ArsNova none Russia 2000 Sell This Version
CABS 9 Cabaret Voltaire 2X45(2x12", Album, RE) The Grey Area CABS 9 UK 1990 Sell This Version
9 61003-4 Cabaret Voltaire 2X45(Cass, Album, RE) Mute 9 61003-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
CABS 9 CD Cabaret Voltaire 2X45(CD, Album, RE) Mute CABS 9 CD UK 1990 Sell This Version


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August 10, 2018
My copy of this issue has a 'skip' on it - seems to be a pressing fault as there is nothing visible causing it. Is this common on all these pressings?


May 2, 2012

Great stuff this one. I would definitely recommend that you try listening to it at the wrong speed. "2x33" so to speak.. Makes the listening experience more heavy, psychedelic and sinister. I just love records that works in both 33 and 45 rpm!


May 27, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
This is probably the closest Cabaret Voltaire have come to making a rock album. This release comprises two recording sessions, one from October '81 (just before co-founder Chris Watson's departure) and the other from February '82. There's a definite difference of feel between each record, an example of just how fast the group was moving.

Of the first three tracks on the first record, 'Yashar' is the standout track and to this day it remains one of the group's signature tunes. There's a strong Middle Eastern influence the winds its way through the track both in melody and percussion elements. Electronics and samples are downplayed somewhat in favour of pulsing hypnotic elements. 'Breathe Deep' has a faster dancier feel and is probably one the smoothest aggro dance tracks ever.

The tracks on the second record are slightly more streamlined musically, as the group are now without Watson. Kirk and Mal are left to run the show. Long-time collaborator Alan Fish takes care of percussion. On 'T.E.S. War Of Nerves', eerie spoken samples about methods of torture open up the track only to give in to the dark paranoia in Mal’s lyrics. His vocals are menacing and unsettling. It’s easily the centerpiece of the album, at least in my opinion. The two last tracks, ‘Wait & Shuffle’ and ‘Get Out Of My Face’ have a dark, slightly more ambient and melodic feel, showing the Cabs shedding their earlier electro-terrorist noise in favour of actual harmonies, slightly more accessible sound structures and, above all, a strong pounding beat. Clearly, the band were closing one chapter in their musical development and opening another. Their subsequent end with Rough Trade, which had signed them originally, and new arrangement with Some Bizzare also marked a change for the group.

I would definitely file ‘2X45’ under my ‘Recommended/Can’t-Live-Without’ stack.