A Certain Ratio

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British post-punk band formed in 1977 in Wythenshawe, Manchester.

A Certain Ratio took their name from the lyrics of Brian Eno's song "The True Wheel", taken from his album "Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)" (1974).

A Certain Ratio originates from the Independentlabels "Factory Records" (known by Joy Division, New Order, etc.). On their first releases they sound like a successor band of Joy Division. After a trip to New York in the year of 1980, they quickly developed towards funk. The album "To Each" (1981) is characterised by African percussion, funky drums and bass as well as a sepulchral mood in the style of the Joy Division. After the release of the album "Sextet", which continued the sound of the successful album, singer Simon Topping left the band. He turned to an uncompromising jazz funk sound. Over the years the band approached the catchy Popsound with funk elements.
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A Certain Ratio Discography Tracks

Albums

A Certain Ratio - The Graveyard And The Ballroom album art A Certain Ratio The Graveyard And The Ballroom (Album) Factory UK 1980 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - To Each... album art A Certain Ratio To Each... (Album) Factory Spain 1981 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Sextet album art A Certain Ratio Sextet (Album) Factory Portugal 1982 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - I'd Like To See You Again album art A Certain Ratio I'd Like To See You Again (Album) Factory, Factory UK 1982 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Live In America album art A Certain Ratio Live In America (Album) Dojo UK 1985 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Force album art A Certain Ratio Force (Album) Factory, Factory UK 1986 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Good Together album art A Certain Ratio Good Together (Album) A&M Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - acr:mcr album art A Certain Ratio acr:mcr (Album) A&M Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Up In Downsville album art A Certain Ratio Up In Downsville (Album) Robs Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Looking For A Certain Ratio... album art A Certain Ratio Looking For A Certain Ratio... (Album, Comp) Creation Records, Creation Records Australia 1994 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Change The Station album art ACR* Change The Station (Album) Robs Records, Robs Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Live In Groningen (Holland) 26.10.1980 album art A Certain Ratio Live In Groningen (Holland) 26.10.1980 (Album) LTM (4) UK 2005 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Mind Made Up album art A Certain Ratio Mind Made Up (Album) Le Maquis France 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

A Certain Ratio - All Night Party album art A Certain Ratio All Night Party Factory UK 1979 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Flight album art A Certain Ratio Flight Factory UK 1980 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Shack Up album art A Certain Ratio Shack Up (Single, Maxi) Factory Benelux, Les Disques Du Crépuscule Belgium 1980 Sell This Version
Fac 52 A Certain Ratio - Waterline album art A Certain Ratio Waterline(12") Factory Fac 52 UK 1981 Sell This Version
Facus 4 A Certain Ratio - Do The Du (Casse) album art A Certain Ratio Do The Du (Casse)(12") Factory (US) Facus 4 US 1981 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Guess Who? album art A Certain Ratio Guess Who? Factory Benelux Belgium 1982 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Knife Slits Water album art A Certain Ratio Knife Slits Water (Single) Factory UK 1982 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - I Need Someone Tonite album art ACR* I Need Someone Tonite (Single) Factory UK 1983 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Lifes A Scream / There's Only This album art A Certain Ratio Lifes A Scream / There's Only This Factory UK 1984 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Brazilia album art A Certain Ratio Brazilia (Maxi) Factory Benelux Belgium 1984 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Wild Party album art A Certain Ratio Wild Party (Single) Factory UK 1985 Sell This Version
A Certain Ratio - Mickey Way (The Candy Bar) album art A Certain Ratio Mickey Way (The Candy Bar) Factory, Factory UK 1986 Sell This Version

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abecedarian

abecedarian

July 14, 2017
ACR really needs the comprehensive box set treatment IMO. Does the band own the rights to their music (Factory, Robs Records)? Which reissue/specialty label would be a good fit for such a rich recording history?
Rich.C

Rich.C

December 23, 2016
. . . . . A poor mans Joy Division?
Crijevo

Crijevo

April 14, 2004
Now this is funk - once cold and catchy, now warm and catchy... true luxury of the beat. Sexy, oh yes... and whatever you find by them - grab it! Your legs are waiting. Highly recommended: 'Faceless' (from 'Graveyard and the Ballroom'), 'Life's a Scream', Felch (from '... to Each'), Skipscada, Knife Slits Water (from 'Sextet')... Soul Jazz Records wrote New Order might be the first to push this kind of thing to international stardom but while they were operating as Joy Division, ACR were there light years before....

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