Cabaret Voltaire ‎– Red Mecca

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Tracklist

A Touch Of Evil 3:16
Sly Doubt 5:05
Landslide 2:10
A Thousand Ways 10:38
Red Mask 7:06
Split Second Feeling 3:53
Black Mask 3:11
Spread The Virus 3:47
A Touch Of Evil (Reprise) 1:22

Versions (31)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ROUGH 27 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album) Rough Trade ROUGH 27 UK 1981 Sell This Version
rough us15 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album) Rough Trade rough us15 US 1981 Sell This Version
rough 27 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album) Rough Trade rough 27 UK 1981 Sell This Version
rough 27, Rough 27 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album) Base Record, Base Record rough 27, Rough 27 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
ROUGH 27 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album) Rough Trade, Celluloid ROUGH 27 France 1981 Sell This Version
GI LP 27, Rough 27 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album) Go International, Rough Trade GI LP 27, Rough 27 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
200 267 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album) Rough Trade 200 267 France 1981 Sell This Version
6435 117, rough 27 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album) Rough Trade, Rough Trade 6435 117, rough 27 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Rough 27, rough 27 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album) Rough Trade, Base Record Rough 27, rough 27 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
ROUGH 27 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album, Lyn) Rough Trade ROUGH 27 UK 1981 Sell This Version
ROUGH US 15 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album, TP) Rough Trade ROUGH US 15 US 1981 Sell This Version
ROUGH 27 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album, TP) Rough Trade ROUGH 27 UK 1981 Sell This Version
43-009 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album) Nuevos Medios 43-009 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
RTL-18 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album) Rough Trade RTL-18 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
RTL-18 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album, Promo) Rough Trade RTL-18 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
CABS 3 CD Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(CD, Album) Mute CABS 3 CD UK 1990 Sell This Version
7 71473-2, cabs 3 cd Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(CD, Album) Restless Records, Mute 7 71473-2, cabs 3 cd US 1990 Sell This Version
cabs 3 cd Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(CD, Album, RE) Mute cabs 3 cd Europe 1990 Sell This Version
7 71473-4, cabs 3 cass Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(Cass) Restless Records, Mute 7 71473-4, cabs 3 cass US 1990 Sell This Version
cabs 3 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album, RE) Mute cabs 3 UK 1990 Sell This Version
9174-2 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(CD, Album, RE) Mute, Mute Corporation 9174-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
CABS3LP Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album, RE, RM, W/Lbl) Mute, The Grey Area CABS3LP UK 2013 Sell This Version
cabs3lp, CABS3CD Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(LP, Album, RM, 180 + CD, Album + RE) Mute, The Grey Area, Mute, The Grey Area cabs3lp, CABS3CD UK 2013 Sell This Version
none Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(9xFile, MP3, Album, RE, VBR) Mute none UK 2014
cabs3cd Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(CD, Album, Promo, RP) Mute cabs3cd Europe Unknown Sell This Version
cabs3cd Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(CD, Album, RE, RP) Mute cabs3cd Europe Unknown Sell This Version
cabs 3 cd Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(CD, Album, RE, RP) Mute cabs 3 cd UK Unknown Sell This Version
cabs 3 cd, CABS3CD, 5016025670031 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(CD, Album, RE, RP) Mute, Mute, Mute cabs 3 cd, CABS3CD, 5016025670031 UK Unknown Sell This Version
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cabs 3 cd, CABS3CD, 5016025670031 Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(CD, Album, RP) Mute, Mute, Mute cabs 3 cd, CABS3CD, 5016025670031 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CABS3CD Cabaret Voltaire Red Mecca(CD, Album, RP) Mute CABS3CD UK Unknown Sell This Version

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Tuaam

Tuaam

August 20, 2020
referencing Red Mecca, LP, Album, ROUGH 27
This was Cabaret Voltaires first "concept" album, with the subsequent material signifying a shift from the grimy electronic post-punk to a more experimental funk-oriented industrial sound. Red Mecca very much is the middleman between Voice of America and 2x47. Quite literally, the blueprint for alot of modern industrial music acts to come.

Stylistically, the album is an exploration of both Middle Eastern and Western politics with events such as American Fundamentalism and the Iran-Iraq war ramping up, both of them escalating with no short end in sight up to their destructive conclusion. As so, the music is more Middle Eastern inspired than previous albums and does have a general structure as many concept albums do. For instance, the album starts off with a strange instrumental horn segment which goes on ever so sinister in it's strange treated drum patterns. As that ends off, the first track, "Sly Doubt", is a more accessible post-punk song which acts as a taste of what the rest of the album has to offer, blending into "Landslide" with it's paranoia induced eastern-sounding guitar riffs and "A thousand ways" being this dreadful dirge of a militaristic romp. Side 2 continues off with a more intense "Red Mask", which is one of the stronger songs on the album as it's more powerful and energetic in it's composition, with "Split Second Feeling" being decent filler until "Black Mask" cues in, an ominous dub-styled track with muslimgauze-esque radio samples. This track is probably the best song of the album (imo), with it being the showcase of a brutalistic Middle Eastern environment and still managing to grasp alot of early CV work being very soundtrack-inspired. To me, Black Mask is like what the first track of VOA was to me, a very evil-but-awesome soundscape which gives very dystopian remarks on the political theme of the album itself. Lastly, spread the virus (which sounds pretty brash and ear-splitting if your turntable can't track well enough), and the closing reprise of "A Touch of Evil" wrap up this album with a very decent outlook on the cab's work.

To me, this work was the culmination of their multiple experiments up until this point, from the decent but bland "Mix Up" to the more structurally sound and interesting "Voice of America", and their final "Three Mantras". Red Mecca has the framework of what those albums worked up to, and this would climax in their release of 2x45, which very much showcased everything the original trio had to present to the music industry at the time.

If you want to listen to this in it's full honor then it's extremely advisable to find a NM copy of an original, or a reissue, or probably just pester Richard H Kirk to reissue it again, idk
MEllODrOnE

MEllODrOnE

November 16, 2019
referencing Red Mecca, LP, Album, RM, 180 + CD, Album + RE, cabs3lp, CABS3CD
Sounds excellent. If you can't find a clean original, this is a good reissue to own. A solid pressing that plays dead silent and is mastered well. The horns are sharp, drums are punchy and realistic, and a wide soundstage adds great depth to the music.
Stefanijap

Stefanijap

March 5, 2019
referencing Red Mecca, LP, Album, Promo, RTL-18
One of the most groundbreaking albums for the industrial music scene. Continues to inspire!
TENSE2000

TENSE2000

December 4, 2018
referencing Red Mecca, LP, Album, ROUGH 27
Who else had a color poster in theirs?? Not seeing it on any of the release pages...
ianmcgrory

ianmcgrory

September 7, 2017
referencing Red Mecca, LP, Album, GI LP 27, Rough 27
This boggled me for years until I bought the CD. The track list labels were stuck to the wrong sides. I always thought that Sly Doubt was my favorite track when it was actually A Split Second Feeling.
hans0304

hans0304

November 21, 2016
referencing Red Mecca, CD, Album, CABS 3 CD
I own a copy that's completely identical to the one pictured in this entry, back insert states "Made in Britain" and disc surface states "Made in Austria". Considering the latter of these, I suggest this version was manufactured at DADC instead of Nimbus. The matrix/runout on my copy reads "CABS-3-CD 13 B1 Mastered by DADC Austria", barcode is identical to the one in this entry. So, taken into account that there's already another similar version with Nimbus as manufacturer, should this entry be changed from Nimbus to DADC or do I create a new entry for the DADC-version?
Maybelly

Maybelly

September 15, 2016
referencing Red Mecca, LP, Album, GI LP 27, Rough 27

Skinny Puppy + Joy Division = this.
Nice surprise this funk/murk is.
phaks

phaks

September 12, 2015
referencing Red Mecca, LP, Album, ROUGH 27
Their third studio LP, I think. My favourite! You could call this electronic free jazz or noisy new wave or something else, you'll never talk alone.
CV at the top of their discrete experimental sound.
This 2013 reissue is fine, no remarkable remastering, perhaps a bit clearer = harder.
Scrap_Iron

Scrap_Iron

June 20, 2015
referencing Red Mecca, LP, Album, rough 27, Rough 27

Labels in my copy look different: they sport the usual Base Records yellow logo in the upper section. Those shown in the pictures here look quite unusual.
scooter

scooter

May 25, 2005
edited over 15 years ago
referencing Red Mecca, LP, Album, ROUGH 27

Forget the trance, funk, house of their later releases – “Red Mecca” is the Cabs in their industrial prime. Things begin and end with Henry Mancini’s “A Touch of Evil”, and everything in between is seething and grimy. By today’s standards the synths and vocoded snarling sounds a little dated, but that just adds to the fun. Just remember, without these guys, Skinny Puppy and all that followed may never have come into being.