Cabaret Voltaire ‎– Yashar

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Factory ‎– FAC 82
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Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
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Tracklist

A Yashar 7:20
B Yashar 5:00

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Notes

©1982 Rough Trade Music
℗1983 A Factory Record

The runout etchings are a reference to the 60's TV series "The Outer Limits" where the famous "The 70 billion people of Earth: where are they hiding" sample has been taken from.

Stamper/metalwork by Gedmal Galvanics, Leicester.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: FAC 82 T A1 GG A PORKY PRIME CUT NOW YOU HAVE ENTERED THE OUTER LIMITS
  • Matrix / Runout: FAC 82 T B1 GG A PORKY PRIME CUT IS THERE A LIMIT ANYMORE?

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
12NOMU121 Cabaret Voltaire Yashar(CDr, Promo) NovaMute 12NOMU121 UK 2003 Sell This Version
OFNY 3RD, THIRD Cabaret Voltaire Yashar(12") Of Factory New York, Of Factory New York OFNY 3RD, THIRD US 1983 Sell This Version
FBN 25 Cabaret Voltaire Yashar(12") Factory Benelux FBN 25 Belgium 1983 Sell This Version
FBN 25 Cabaret Voltaire Yashar(12") Factory Benelux FBN 25 Belgium 1983 Sell This Version
FAC 82 Cabaret Voltaire Yashar(12") Base Record, Factory FAC 82 Italy 1983 Sell This Version

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Crijevo

Crijevo

December 15, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
Despite many collectors' enthusiasm about this one - and my personal worship of and respect for practically everything Cabaret Voltaire, I must admit that "Yashar" in this transitional 1982 single-remix form couldn't have sounded shorter of ideas - therefore, it sadly remains a pale shadow of its original track that appeared on "2x45", instead of a kick-ass blast that should have been. By comparison, "Sensoria" in its 12" form was only some 2-3 years away and somehow adds even more to this frustration of what might have become of "Yashar" if only someone else - be it John "Tokes" Potoker (who did the amazing "Sensoria" 12" mix) or François Kevorkian for example, ever layed their hands on it. Whatever the reasons, John Robie remains a legend for given this opportunity but in my humble opinion, he sadly failed at exploring "Yashar" remix's full potential.

While on one hand, it is perfectly understandable - and justifiable - that Cabaret Voltaire wanted to move on from their up-to-then predominantly experimental stuff, what John Robie offered on these reconstructions of his, now sounds at best unfinished, dated and/or not quite in sync. In addition to the exceptional original version, characterised by rudimentary electronics (the exotic synth-riff dipped in white noise and Alan Fish's excessive drumming equally processed through perverse, sharp sound effect, with now-legendary "70 billion people" sample on top - all providing a perfect digital mantra), Robie's initial remix adds some extra synths (note the interesting pre-house piano parts), a groovier beat-box and operatic sing-alongs. However, this update suffers great deal due to its stripped-down dancefloor intentions - while your feet move to the rhythm, nothing spectacular happens, except realising after awhile both remixes make it all just an overstretched, forced and rather boring listening/dancing experience. The main reason why it is so, probably lays in Robie's choice also to add the uninspiring cheap-sounding vocal snippets inbetween, desperately squeezed in to fill certain gaps - instead of teasing the listener, these irritate the hell out of him.

If only he (the band, or the record label?) were a bit more patient, the end results would have probably been far more satisfactory. This way, it's a remix of a timeless classic with a mere documentary value, audibly stuck in 1982 - the year of technological novelties (12" single format included among them). But then, who knows - if John Robie never actually remixed "Yashar", The Cabs would have never given us "The Crackdown", "Micro-phonies", "The Covenant" and "Code"...

Still, there was this trend of extending original music into remixes - and "Yashar" albeit charming, isn't exactly the best of them.
djpepsi

djpepsi

June 2, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Hard to believe this was released in 1983, totally ahead of it's time, sampled vocal loops 'there's 70 billion people on Earth, where are they hiding?'. Sampled Indian style drums, with an eastern flavour too in the synths and backing vocals, panning horns all over a straight electro style 4/4 beat. Another favourite from my teen years, still sounds fresh today.