Current 93 ‎– Dawn

Durtro ‎– DURTRO JNANA 97, Jnana Records ‎– DURTRO JNANA 97
CD, Album, Reissue
CD, Album
All Media, Limited Edition

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1-1 Great Black Time 14:45
1-2 Maldoror Er Dauður 18:21
Dusk: A Remix By Andrew Liles
2-1 Great Black Time
Remix – Andrew Liles
2-2 Maldoror Er Dauður
Remix – Andrew Liles

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This album consists of the original 2 tracks that made up the original vinyl album.
Includes an 8-page colour booklet featuring some of the original line-up of the group.
The first 1000 copies come with an extra CD of an Andrew Liles remix of the entire album.

Made in Canada.
Distributed in North America by Revolver USA • Distributed in UK/EU by Southern.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 61297 12784 9
  • Barcode (String): 061297127849
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): MFA 12784 MADE IN CANADA 01
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI ACP11
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): MFA 13094 MADE IN CANADA 01
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI ACP11

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MAL 093 93 Current 93* Dawn(LP, Album) Maldoror MAL 093 UK 1987 Sell This Version
none Current 93 Dawn(2xFile, MP3, Album, RE, RM, 320) Not On Label (Current 93 Self-released) none Canada 2014
DURTRO 002 CD Current 93 Dawn(CD, Album, RE) Durtro DURTRO 002 CD UK 1990 Sell This Version
DURTRO 002CD Current 93 Dawn(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Durtro DURTRO 002CD UK 2002 Sell This Version
DURTRO 002 CD Current 93 Dawn(CD, Album, RE) Durtro DURTRO 002 CD UK Unknown Sell This Version


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November 25, 2016

The Liles interpretations included in this edition are worth having, as is the C93 album itself. Not my favorite of the early work, but one of a few re-releases that also include the Liles re-workings on CD. I wish the entire box set of his "Current 93 as dreampt by Andrew Liles", which I do have on vinyl, would also get a CD release. He releases a lot of albums, and I don't find many of them particularly worthwhile, but this reworked C93 stuff is as strong as his best work.


May 30, 2016
Reputedly the album that finally made David Tibet decide to give up the noisy industrial soundscape approach, Dawn holds an unenviable position in the Current 93 back catalogue.

The original CD edition featured an alternate mix of 'Great Black Time', the single new track here, which by all accounts is far superior to the vinyl version which has been reinstated on the 2008 remaster. The layers of distortion and spoken vocals on the track are fine, and the cacophony of church bells is absolutely incredible to behold. The vinyl version, however, gradually begins to replace the church bells with a loop of Barry McGuire's 'Eve of Destruction'. While his gravelly American accent singing 'destruction, destruction' repeatedly is initially entertaining in a whimsical way, it very quickly becomes tiresome and eventually really quite irritating. It might be more tolerable if the church bells were there too, but as they eventually disappear, the piece loses all of its apocalyptic atmosphere. Hearing the entirety of 'California Dreaming' play out behind the sound of a hundred churches ringing out the end of the world really is quite wonderful, however. Rose McDowall makes her first notable contributions to the group with vocals on this song.

The second side of the album is a wholly different affair. Returning to the 'Maldoror is Dead' theme, 'Maldoror Er Daudur' is in fact the earliest incarnation of the track, originally entitled 'Maldoror Est Mort' on a split with Nurse With Wound from 1983. It is this version that was later remixed to form the brilliant 'Ach Golgotha' on Nature Unveiled. Without that studio treatment, the piece sounds half-finished and is largely unnecessary. It pales in comparison with the final mix

Somewhere out there in the infinite omniverse there is a reality in which this album consists of the CD mix of 'Great Black Time' and 'KillyKillKilly' from the Nightmare Culture EP; in this universe, Dawn is my favourite early Current 93 album. As it is, it remains my least favourite of the major C93 albums. Now, to find a copy of the 2002 digipak release for those wonderful church bells...