Meat Beat Manifesto ‎– Armed Audio Warfare

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Meat Beat Manifesto's debut album, "Armed Audio Warfare" was scheduled for release in May 1988. The masters to that album were damaged in a fire at Meat Beat HQ, Berwick St, Soho. New tracks were written and recorded, then released as the double album "Storm The Studio" (SDX 040/CD) in May 1989. This album is a compilation of previously unreleased and rare tracks that embody the initial furore of Meat Beat's manifesto. Had "Armed Audio Warfare" been released as planned, it might have sounded like this.

The version of "Reanimator" featured here is exclusive to the "Armed Audio Warfare" releases.

The songs, "Kneel & Buzz" and "Kick That Man" are incorrectly switched around in the tracklistings. "Kick That Man" comes before "Kneel & Buzz".

The version of "Give Your Body Its Freedom" on this release is a different edit of the song on the "Strap Down" single.

The song, "Marrs Needs Women", on this release is a different version (and spelling) of "Mars Needs Women", which appears the "God O.D." single.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LD 9048 CD Meat Beat Manifesto Armed Audio Warfare(CD, Album) LD Records LD 9048 CD Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
WAXCS 7106 Meat Beat Manifesto Armed Audio Warfare / Meat Beat Manifesto(Cass, Album, M/Print) Wax Trax! Records WAXCS 7106 US 1990 Sell This Version
WAXCD 7106 Meat Beat Manifesto Armed Audio Warfare(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records WAXCD 7106 US 1990 Sell This Version
WAXCS 7106 Meat Beat Manifesto Armed Audio Warfare(Cass, Album) Wax Trax! Records WAXCS 7106 US 1990 Sell This Version
WAX 7106 Meat Beat Manifesto Armed Audio Warfare(LP, Album) Wax Trax! Records WAX 7106 US 1990 Sell This Version
LD 9048, NR 370, 08-030157-20 Meat Beat Manifesto Armed Audio Warfare(LP, Album, Comp) LD Records, LD Records, LD Records LD 9048, NR 370, 08-030157-20 Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
WAX 7106 Meat Beat Manifesto Armed Audio Warfare(LP, Album, TP) Wax Trax! Records WAX 7106 US 1990 Sell This Version
TVT 7106, TVT 7106-2 Meat Beat Manifesto Armed Audio Warfare(CD, Album, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7106, TVT 7106-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
MUTE 9002-2 Meat Beat Manifesto Armed Audio Warfare(CD, Album, RE) Mute, Mute Corporation MUTE 9002-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
LKS 33758, RUN 33758 Meat Beat Manifesto Armed Audio Warfare(CD, Album, RE, RM) Run Recordings, Run Recordings LKS 33758, RUN 33758 US 2003 Sell This Version
MBM007 Meat Beat Manifesto Armed Audio Warfare (Remastered)(11xFile, AIFF, Album, Comp, RE, RM) MBM Records (2) MBM007 2016
TVT 7106, TVT 7106-2 Meat Beat Manifesto Armed Audio Warfare(CD, Album, RE, RP) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7106, TVT 7106-2 US Unknown Sell This Version

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AUTOMATIXROMANTIX

AUTOMATIXROMANTIX

March 5, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Armed Audio Warfare, LP, Album, WAX 7106

Armed Audio Warfare is a rather exact title for the lp, in 1990 electronic music, and well music in general was in a state of philosophical chaos. The 70s sound of rock , pop and rhythm and blues had been over run by the whole synth phenomena, as well and a new type of hyper pop mostly lead by American artists (think of the 80's club hits). Rap and hip hop were also starting to become an actual presence and not just a fad or gimmick in the musical history timeline. In the post rock,post punk, post 80s pop landscape, industrial music seemed like the logical conclusion of all the jarring directions. Armed Audio Warfare encapsulates the mood and sound perfectly of those times, and for some people like me, it resonates as lively today as it did then. The sound is harsh and aggressive at times like rap or punk, the beats sound like a team of demolition robots tearing apart some musicologist's record collection,bits of jazz, soul, acid house, the head of flavor flav being reanimated with Russian zombie technology, all sorta being thrown around and reassembled into new monstrous audio sculptures. but at the same time it maintains a strong aesthetic without degrading to pure noise or drones. I constantly still start singing/rapping out of the blue some of the rhymes on the record, which are strangely enough sorta catchy like a pop song.
dexterfeng

dexterfeng

July 30, 2003
referencing Armed Audio Warfare, LP, Album, WAX 7106
What was supposed to be a debut album got turned into something else thanks to a fire that destroyed or at least munged up the initial recordings to the extent that they needed to be redone.
All the tracks compiled on this release are assembled from various eps and compilations released and not on Sweatbox, and compiled as a kind of this is what it might have sounded like kind of intent.
With that said. This album came upon the unsuspecting masses like a swarm of locust's and wreaked complete havoc by throwing open doors and messing up heads. That clear undeniable path between Front 242, Eric B. & Rakim, and Big Black was found with this record.
MyKuL303

MyKuL303

December 11, 2002
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Armed Audio Warfare, CD, Album, RE, MUTE 9002-2

It makes more sense listening to this CD, the psyche out 12" and then 99%... this is a work of art by itself.