Psychic TV ‎– Towards Thee Infinite Beat

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TOPY 049 Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(LP, Album, Gat) Temple Records TOPY 049 UK 1990 Sell This Version
WAXCD 7129 Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records WAXCD 7129 US 1990 Sell This Version
TOPY 049CD, TOPY 049 CD Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(CD, Album) Temple Records, Midnight Music, Temple Records, Midnight Music TOPY 049CD, TOPY 049 CD UK 1990 Sell This Version
TOPY 049CC, TOPY 049 CC Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(Cass, Album) Temple Records, Temple Records TOPY 049CC, TOPY 049 CC UK 1990 Sell This Version
WAX 7129, WAX CS 7129 Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(Cass, Album, Promo, Bri) Wax Trax! Records, Wax Trax! Records WAX 7129, WAX CS 7129 US 1990 Sell This Version
WAX 7129, WAX CS 7129 Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(Cass, Album, Promo, Unt) Wax Trax! Records, Wax Trax! Records WAX 7129, WAX CS 7129 US 1990 Sell This Version
WAX 7129 Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(LP, Album) Wax Trax! Records WAX 7129 US 1990 Sell This Version
TOPY 049 Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(LP, Album, Promo) Temple Records TOPY 049 UK 1990 Sell This Version
WAX 7129 Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(LP, Album, TP) Wax Trax! Records WAX 7129 US 1990 Sell This Version
TOPY 49 Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(LP, Album, TP) Temple Records TOPY 49 UK 1990 Sell This Version
TVT 7129, TVT 7129-2 Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(CD, Album, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7129, TVT 7129-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
VICD002 Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(CD, Album, RE) Visionary Communications VICD002 UK 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7129 Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(Cass, Album, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7129 US Unknown Sell This Version

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pyenapple

April 9, 2018
edited 8 months ago
referencing Towards Thee Infinite Beat, Cass, Album, Promo, Bri, WAX 7129, WAX CS 7129

I listened to this album (and this advance cassette) frequently in 1991. There's something truly greater than the sum of the parts here: the fantastic electronic and guitar work of Fred Giannelli shines through every second of it, allowing PTV despot Genesis P-Orridge (and, to a lesser extent, Gen's then-wife Paula P-Orridge) a perfect bed on which to lay some detatched-sounding vocals that seem to descend from the astral plane and enter directly into the microphones. The fertile acid house underpinnings to most of the tracks give the entire thing an otherworldly, airy foundation when combined with more rock song structures. The chord progressions and melodic lines are just damn perfect, and when Giannelli's strummed guitar chords drop into the songs, the odd emotions evoked in a listener are subtle and oblique, almost sublime at times. The occasional added keyboard work of Dave Ball (Soft Cell) is particularly effective, as well. This isn't exactly fun or show-offy dance music; it's thoughtful, and fraught with unnerving themes and lyrics. After hearing some truly silly live versions of these songs with Gen babbling and chanting sloppily over them, I'm thankful that was he forced to use far more restraint in the studio, the art really benefits from it. While it's usually called PTV's acid house album, I think there's still a very interesting layer of abstract, austere rock carefully draped over the top of it. Since Giannelli all but disavows PTV and Genesis at this point, and PTV didn't sound like this before this era, nor after, I truly think that the bulk of what makes this album great is the writing and production of Giannelli. As usual, Genesis is best and most effective when kept focused and restrained. Worth noting: the US cassette version of this album lacked two tracks that are found on the UK cassette and also on all CD versions, "Stick Insect" and "Money For E...". However, as I was first introduced to the album without them and only later got used to them, I find that they have a different flavor that actually distracts from the overall aesthetic of these ten tracks, which are truly the core of the album.
e.vondran

e.vondran

August 22, 2017
referencing Towards Thee Infinite Beat, LP, Album, Gat, TOPY 049

Bought this because I really like the song "I.C. Water" but it turns out the album as a whole makes me feel happy. So that's nice.