Cabaret Voltaire ‎– Hai!

Mute ‎– 61091-2, Mute ‎– 9 61091-2
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1 Walls Of Kyoto 7:39
2 3 Days Monk 6:52
3 Yashar (Version) 6:49
4 Over & Over 4:50
5 Diskono 7:01
6 Taxi Music (Version) 11:08

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Recorded at Tsubaki House, Tokyo, March 23rd 1982.
Originally released on vinyl by Rough Trade in 1982.
Thanks to: Yuko Takano, Mayumi Yoshida, Peter Barakan, Melody House (Mr. Katagiri, Amaguri Izutsu, Mantis Imaoka, Nutty Yamada), S.C.I.

Production coordinated by Japan Records Inc.
Published by Rough Trade Music
Mute Records Limited. Manufactured & distributed by Elektra Entertainment. A division of Warner Communications Inc. A Time Warner Company.
Previously released by Rough Trade Records
℗1982, 1991 Mute Records Limited
©1991 Mute Records Limited
Printed in U.S.A.
Made in U.S.A. by WEA Manufacturing Inc.

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  • Barcode (Printed): 0 2459-61091-2 1
  • Matrix / Runout: 2 61091-2 SRC=1

Other Versions (5 of 9) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
RTD 1 Cabaret Voltaire Hai!(LP, Album) Rough Trade RTD 1 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
ROUGH US24 Cabaret Voltaire Hai!(LP, Album) Rough Trade ROUGH US24 US 1982 Sell This Version
43-037 Cabaret Voltaire Hai!(LP, Album) Nuevos Medios 43-037 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
CABS 11 Cabaret Voltaire Hai!(LP, Album, RE) The Grey Area CABS 11 UK 1991 Sell This Version
RTL 23 Cabaret Voltaire Hai!(LP, Album) Rough Trade RTL 23 Japan 1982 Sell This Version



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October 1, 2012

"Hai" was recorded live in Tokyo in 1982. It is their first live album, after Chris Watson left the band to form the experimental group "Hafler Trio" with Andrew McKenzie.
Musically speaking, the album still conists of the old Post-Punk/Industrial/Experimental-Rock experiments. This time Stephen Mallinder plays a funky bass guitar with Alan Fish (Hula) taking the drummer duties. The lead guitar is as always played by Richard H. Kirk, which in its sound is somewhat reminiscent of Pink Floyd's "Echoes".
The sound quality of this live album is much better than on the other Cabert Voltaire live albums from the early 80s. Now the paranoid, not distorted vocals by Mallinder and the sick guitar riffs (especially on "3 Days Monk") by Kirk come more to advantage and thereby create a horror-like atmosphere in the songs.
Among the more darker tracks are definitely "Walls of Kyoto" and "3 Days Monk". To the rather more experimental songs include "Yashar" and "Taxi Music" both played in new versions. The CV hit "Yashar" with its oriental synthesizer melodies and drums is the climax of "Hai", which in my opinion is the far better version than the studio recording.
"Over and Over" and "Diskono" are among the more melodic and accessible songs of the album and show to some extent, in which the new electronic music style on their next studio album "The Crackdown" would go.
Unfortunately, the overall recording time is about 44 minutes, so much more songs could fit on the CD.
Nevertheless, "Hai" in my opinion a very good live album and a very successful completion of CV's first rough (Industrial) music phase.