Shriekback ‎– Aberrations 81-84

Mauve Records Ltd ‎– MAUVE 002, Mauve Records Ltd ‎– MAUVE 001
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Aberrations 81-84
1-1 Tiny Birds 4:09
1-2 Nerve 2:42
1-3 Despite Dense Weed 3:52
1-4 Floral Police Van 3:40
1-5 White Out (Live) 4:45
1-6 Big Sharp Teeth 2:55
1-7 Speed Of Clocks 5:08
1-8 Carrying Cameras 3:00
1-9 Considerable 4:13
1-10 Grapes Into Lettuce 4:09
1-11 Petulant (Sax Version) 4:03
1-12 Bricks And Whistles 2:26
1-13 Plunging Into Homes 2:44
1-14 Regret No Dogs 3:03
1-15 Feelers (Remix) 4:54
Naked Apes & Pond Life
2-1 Stimulate The Beaded Hamster 1:17
2-2 Pond Life 4:05
2-3 Hostage 4:12
2-4 Invisible Rays 3:49
2-5 Claxon Bolus 1:36
2-6 Massive Custard 1:44
2-7 Jp8 2:17
2-8 Unsong 4:51
2-9 Berlin 4:12
2-10 Baby Lion 3:01
2-11 Everything's On Fire 4:26
2-12 String, Sedatives, Weaponry 1:43
2-13 Keep-Net Stevenson 3:27
2-14 Anal Piss-Machine 1:35

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Limited edition with free copy of the album "Naked Apes & Pond Life".
Without additional artwork, except a single-sided paper insert with a track listing for the bonus CD.
Issued in a standard sized jewel case with a hinged 2-CD tray.
Track times not listed on release; taken from iTunes.

From rear tray:
"Mostly unreleased titles from Shriekback's early years.
Prepared from the ancient tapes of Ian Caple and the private collections of Dave Allen, Barry Andrews, Carl Marsh and Martyn Barker."

From "Naked Apes..." track listing:
"Initially a follow-up to 'Sacred City', recorded in 1995 & remixed in 1998."
This track listing misspells the first track (intentionally?) as "Stimulate The Beaded Hams"

Sticker on shrinkwrap indicating Limited Edition.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 038622 102821
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): E0087 MAUVE002 01 1:0 Technicolor
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI L129
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI 2311
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): D6197 MAUVECD 1 ∙ 1:1 [Nimbus logo]
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI L122
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI 242A
  • Other (Disc 1. In inner ring.): ℗ 2001 MAUVE RECORDS © 2001 MAUVE RECORDS MAUVE 002

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July 18, 2012

This compilation of ancient out takes, b-sides, live versions and remixes leaves one amazed as it`s still stunning material, nearby 20 years later.
There`s somehow no logical progression in the running order; neither chronological nor from the developing mood while listening. Play it on shuffle (or random) mode and you`ll get the same wild mixture of all which Shriekback once where famous for;
Unconventional use of all styles and instruments, sound explorations, brilliant lyrics chanted or spoken in a nearly hypnotizing manner, a white funkiness with punk attitude and transforming the song-writing into a track shaping (alongside The Slits, This Heat, 23 Skidoo, The Pop Group and others).

Captured here is the non-polished side of the early line up : Barry Andrews (Vocals, Keyboards), Dave Allen (Bass), Carl Marsh (Guitar, Vocals) with Martyn Barker (Drums, Percussion).
From their well-know material included is only the flip side version of ”My Spine Is The Bassline” with complete different vocals layered upon the basic track, from the 15 cuts here most have never been released before and only a few in different versions.
It`s by no means an alternative ”best of” - there already have been several, busy repacked and redesigned during the 90`s ( mostly incomplete as the rights to their recorded output are spread between Y Records, Arista, Island and World Domination ) - more an addition which could also serve as an introduction, especially as Marsh and Andrews where asked to comment all the tracks which makes it even more insightful.

This is actually great stuff, get it while you can as double pack including the nearly lost
”Naked Apes & Pond Life” album (even if you have to search for further details as no booklet comes along with it).......

A very unspectacular one at first but it puts a different spell on you after a while, not to be compared with their 1992 masterpiece “Sacred City”- an album I can`t recommend too much. Dave Allen got lost again and Lu Edmonds came back for Guitar and Saz.
Naked Apes & Pond Life originates arround 1995 but was not finally mixed nor published until 1999 (as no Record Company ever made too much money with the approach of the Shrieks) when Martyn Barker took over and got involved in label work.
You can`t say it’s too long clicking in with a barely traditional LP length of 42 something and a content of just 6 ‚proper‘ songs in midst 8 mostly short instrumentals, but listening to the perfect 4:26 of “Everything’s On Fire” , shaped with elegance, sensuality and magic you know that very well known acts would kill for songs like these and it’s not the total length that makes a release worthwile to obtain.

Don`t expect anything. Discover.

[Reviewed for The Brain in 2001]