Cabaret Voltaire ‎– The Voice Of America

Rough Trade ‎– ROUGH 11
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A1 The Voice Of America / Damage Is Done 6:29
A2 Partially Submerged 3:45
A3 Kneel To The Boss 3:57
A4 Premonition 5:06
B1 This Is Entertainment 6:00
B2 If The Shadows Could March? (1974) 0:55
B3 Stay Out Of It 2:39
B4 Obsession 5:06
B5 News From Nowhere 2:23
B6 Messages Received 3:15

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Recorded and Produced at Western Works, Sheffield, March/April 1980.

Published by Rough Trade Music 1980

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side, etched): ROUGH-11-A2 A PORKY PRIME CUT. LYN-15783 WHERE IS THE THIRD MANTRA? EG
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side, etched): ROUGH-11-B2 EG +1 IS IS BUT -4 IS WHAT IS DUN.

Other Versions (5 of 19) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CABS 2 CD, cabs 2 cd, 7 71472-2 Cabaret Voltaire The Voice Of America(CD, Album, RE) Mute, Mute, Restless Records CABS 2 CD, cabs 2 cd, 7 71472-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
ROUGH US 9 Cabaret Voltaire The Voice Of America(LP, Album) Rough Trade ROUGH US 9 US 1981 Sell This Version
CABS 2 CD Cabaret Voltaire The Voice Of America(CD, Album, RE) Mute CABS 2 CD UK 1990 Sell This Version
CABS 2 Cabaret Voltaire The Voice Of America(LP, Album, RE) The Grey Area CABS 2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
ROUGH US 9 Cabaret Voltaire The Voice Of America(LP, Album) Rough Trade ROUGH US 9 US 1981 Sell This Version


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October 8, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
Pioneer of the industrial scene, Cabaret Voltaire was influenced by the dada movement which is where it got its name. Master of magnetic tape manipulations, CV is one of the bands who invented the industrial esthetic. In 1978, the band signed a deal with the British label 'Rough Trade' and started its record production.

The eponymous piece starts with a speech taken from a documentary on Woodstock in which a cop explains to his henchmen how to contain the hippy crowd. It goes on with electronic rhythm and sounds that take us into a sci-fi movie. The atmosphere is metallic, stifling and brilliant. 'Premonition' starts with an earsplitting noise. Multiple sounds appear to give us the impression of being inside of a factory. The rhythm is regular and sharp like a ruthless mechanic. There is not much to understand in the artificial voices that emerge but it doesn’t seem to augur well. 'This is entertainment' starts with a deafening electronic sound and moves on with an electronic beat which is fast, crude and brutal. The first time I heard it, in 1981, I had the impression of entering into another dimension. This shows how revolutionary this esthetic was at the time. 'Obsession' starts with an effective bass riff to which is added a superb rhythm and a distant guitar, all these elements perfectly evoking the theme of the piece. In 'New from nowhere', the band plays with the sounds like if they were adjusting colors on the TV and this could make you sick. 'Message is received' starts with an electronic percussion that bursts in slow-motion. The rhythm gets in and then we dive into one of the best moments of this opaque record. The musical ideas tighten up and the sound gets sharper. The mix between the machine and the modified human voice is sublime. The groove is perfectly mastered and we end up being hypnotized in this electronic trance.

© Alain Cliche 2016


March 4, 2016
Ama$on is selling a CD dated September 17, 2013 on label "Imports". Anyone know which issue it is - doesn't seem to be cataloged here.


March 24, 2012
Underrated. I'm not really a big straight-up techno fan, so the shambling tape-op collage feel here suits me just fine -- as it did when it first came out. Recommended for fans of the tapey parts of "this nation's saving grace" by the fall. Considered as a whole it's a very fine piece of work and I don't really find anything else by these guys to measure up.