Cabaret Voltaire ‎– The Conversation

Apollo ‎– AMB 4934 CD
2 × CD, Album


1-1 Exterminating Angel. Intro 5:47
1-2 Brutal But Clean 11:01
1-3 The Message. An Original Hollywood Theme 8:16
1-4 Let's Start 8:11
1-5 Night Rider 9:54
1-6 I Think 8:56
1-7 The Heat 7:52
1-8 Harmonic Parallel 10:25
2-1 Project80 53:04
2-2 Exterminating Angel. 0utro 8:00

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Mixed November 1993 at Western Works, Sheffield, England.

From CD insert: "Composed programmed arranged and sonically orchestrated by rhkirk > intone/productions. //Spoken words montage on project80 courtesy of intone productions except forbidden planet dialogue"
This note enforces the common opinion among fans, that Stephen Mallinder's contribution to this album was very little, not to say insignificant.

Licensed from Plastex, Sheffield (UK).
℗ 1994 R&S Records © 1994 R&S Records. Apollo is a division of R&S Records.
Manufactured & marketed by R&S Records, Belgium.
Made in Austria.

The track "Project80" includes various samples of dialogue from the 1980 movie Altered States (in the first ten minutes of the track), speech and sound effects from the 1956 movie Forbidden Planet (between 23'50" and 35'10") and a section of text read from chapter 7 of the 1988 William Gibson book Mona Lisa Overdrive (around 47'30").

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 411659 279344
  • Barcode: 5411659279344
  • Rights Society: SABAM TM
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): [DADC logo] A0000022561-0102 25 A0
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI L555
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI 94G6
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): [DADC logo] A0000022561-0202 42 A0
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI L552
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI 94C5

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AMB 4934 CD, AMB4934CD Cabaret Voltaire The Conversation(2xCD, Album) Apollo, Apollo AMB 4934 CD, AMB4934CD Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
AMB 4934 Cabaret Voltaire The Conversation(4xLP, Album, W/Lbl) Apollo AMB 4934 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version
EX.273.2 Cabaret Voltaire The Conversation(2xCD, Album) Instinct Records EX.273.2 US 1994 Sell This Version
AMB 4934 Cabaret Voltaire The Conversation(4xLP, Album) Apollo AMB 4934 Belgium 1994 Sell This Version


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April 25, 2020
If anybody has a spare copy of Disc 4 let me know!
My set was nabbed 2nd hand in the late 1990s with only 3 discs ...


May 8, 2019
Thi is an amazing record, it's worth a repress. Waiting for it!


November 6, 2018
This one's due for a vinyl repress methinks. R&S get on it!


May 20, 2017
The last 3 Cabs albums, this one included, are credited to Kirk/Mallinder but have no vocals and sound suspiciously similar to Richard H.Kirk's solo albums of the same era so I'm not sure what Mal's input was or if it was just a contractural thing (in the same way that 'Give Peace a Chance' is credited to Lennon/McCartney). Nevertheless this is an excellent record and seems a logical point for the Cabs to finish - making an elegant interpretation of the Techno music they helped inspire. The real high point here is the epic 53 min Project 80 which recalls 'Three Mantras' and the beats n' tape-loops style of their earliest material but also gives Aphex Twin and Autechre a run for their money.


October 13, 2003
The Cabs' last recording as a group to date. This 2-CD set is a further exercise from where the group left off with 'International Language' and 'Plasticity'. The overall sound is much more ambient and trance-y than the previous 2 releases while still retaining the techno sheen. The 50 minute plus 'Project 80' track on disc 2 is sheer brilliance - the longest track these guys have put on to disc during their career (and if you like 50-minute long compositions of that nature). It's THE definite standout on the release. Worth acquiring just for the generous sampling from the 'Altered States' flick. The 10-minute 'Harmonic Parallel' on the first disc is also worth a listen. For fans of the group and for those who are into the mid-90s Ambient scene, this is an important audio document.