The Wake ‎– Harmony



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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FACT 60 The Wake Harmony(LP, Album) Factory FACT 60 UK 1982 Sell This Version
FBN 29 The Wake Harmony(LP, Album) Factory Benelux FBN 29 Belgium 1984 Sell This Version
LTMCD 2323 The Wake Harmony & Singles(CD, Album, RE) LTM (4) LTMCD 2323 UK 2001 Sell This Version
LTMCD2323 The Wake Harmony & Singles(CD, Album, RE) LTM (4) LTMCD2323 Philippines 2001 Sell This Version
DPRLP10 The Wake Harmony(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180) Drastic Plastic Records DPRLP10 US 2010 Sell This Version
none The Wake Harmony(15xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 320) Factory Benelux none 2013
FBN29 The Wake Harmony(2xLP, Album, RE) Factory Benelux FBN29 UK 2013 Sell This Version
FBN 29 CD The Wake Harmony(CD, Album, RE, RM) Factory Benelux FBN 29 CD Belgium 2013 Sell This Version
LTMCD 2323, LTMCD2323 The Wake Harmony & Singles(CD, Album, RP) LTM (4), LTM (4) LTMCD 2323, LTMCD2323 UK Unknown Sell This Version


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September 15, 2017
referencing Harmony, 2xLP, Album, RE, FBN29

actually this is a really great reissue with bonus tracks which you shouldn't miss............perhaps still a totally underrated uk indie band from the early eighties.


March 16, 2013
referencing Harmony, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, 180, DPRLP10
It seems like several copies have a pressing error during the middle of the "Something Outside" (B4) track. The record begins to skip/needle jumps. Quite a shame as it would be nice to enjoy that bonus track!


March 24, 2012
referencing Harmony & Singles, CD, Album, RE, LTMCD 2323
I can't say that this album is one to which I listen particulary often anymore, but parts of it are so compelling that until this CD was finally issued, it was for years one of maybe 5 or so records that I most fervently hoped would be rereleased in digital form. Because of the band's relative obscurity it seemed the wish would unlikely be fulfilled, until LTM entered its 2nd phase, performing what can only be called a public service by making many forgotten, and some unknown, gems available again. Now, if I had to clear out my collection, keeping just a handful of prized items, this would be one of the classics I would not let go.

Later albums exhibit by turns more warmth and exhuberance; the appeal here is pathos for a hurting soul. The cold, sparse strains could be a soundtrack to loneliness. Comparisons to labelmates Joy Division are accurate to the extent one considers mood and production values, although even here the music tends more to 'indie' than 'post-punk'. For my taste, however, this album best captures the quintessence of a Factory sound, even though in reality Factory releases were quite diverse. At the time, however, if you were to synthesize common impressions of the label's style, you'd quite possibly arrive somewhere very close to The Wake's first LP. Another touchstone from that era would be John Foxx's Metamatic album, which, although produced in a more striking manner (whereas this one is more subdued) shares that certain hollow, emotive sound of analog synths that is itself a relative rarity in the catalog of modern music, coming as it did before the wholesale adoption of similar elements by more recent styles of dance music. That's not to say that the Wake is an electronic band here, just that the use of electronics, along with the reverb baths over the other instruments, is central to the flavor of this record.

The second album is much warmer, and certainly more beautiful as a production, but this release captures perfectly, for me, the tenor of the so-called cold wave period with a beauty all its own.