Cabaret VoltaireMethodology '74 / '78. Attic Tapes;

Label:Mute – CABS17CD, The Grey Area – CABS17CD
3 x CD, Compilation
Style:Abstract, Industrial, Noise, Experimental


Methodology '74 / '75. Attic Tapes One;
Written-ByJean-Yves Bosseur
1-2Synthi AKS (Piece One)3:39
1-3Synthi AKS (Piece Two)2:59
1-4Jet Passing Over1:11
1-5Sad Synth1:47
1-6Treated Guitar3:01
1-7Treated Clarinet4:50
1-8Treated Drum Machine5:25
1-9Possibility Of A Bum Trip2:39
1-10Space Patrol0:40
1-11Jack Stereo Unit1:06
1-13Counter Reaction1:20
1-14Capsules (Version)5:26
1-15Makes Your Mouth Go Funny4:39
1-16Dream Sequence Number Three (Short Version)2:53
1-17Reverse (Piece One)2:36
1-18Stolen From Spectra4:09
1-19Shes Black (Part One)2:47
1-21The Single3:45
1-22Speed Kills2:04
1-23Fascist Police State0:30
Methodology '75 / '76. Attic Tapes Two;
2-1Synthi AKS (Piece Three)1:40
2-2Data Processing Instructions4:55
2-3Fuse Mountain4:27
2-4Calling Moscow4:21
2-5Dream Sequence Number Two (Ethel's Voice)5:19
2-6The Attic Tapes3:55
2-7Treated Speech3:56
2-8Dream Sequence Number Three (Long Version)7:01
2-9Henderson Reversed (Piece Two)7:39
2-10Bed Time Stories6:12
2-11Loves In Vein3:26
2-12Do The Mussolini (Head Kick) (They Kill Him Dub)3:35
2-13Shes Black (Part Two)2:45
Methodology '77 / '78. Attic Tapes Three;
3-1Its Not Music4:36
3-2Slo Change5:26
3-3Original Voice Of America3:41
3-4Heaven And Hell5:40
3-5Do The Mussolini (Head Kick)3:21
3-6Here She Comes Now4:10
3-8Oh Roger4:44
3-11No Escape
Written-By [Uncredited]Sky Saxon
3-13The Set Up5:52
3-14A Minute Is A Life Time5:46
3-15Baader Meinhof3:24
3-16Nag Nag Nag4:48
3-17Its About Now2:20

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All tracks Copyright Control except tracks 3-04, 3-05, 3-07, 3-10, 3-12 to 3-16 Complete Music. Track 3-06 Oakfield Avenue Music / John Cale Music Inc. Produced and recorded on Akai 4000DS Open Reel Tape Deck with Sound On Sound via Sony MX-12M 6-Channel Mixer in Chris Watson's Loft Lemont Road Sheffield 1974 - 77 except 3-16 recorded at Western Works Studios Sheffield 1978.
All recordings previously unreleased. Mastered at Porky's.

℗ 2002 Mute Records Ltd © 2002 Mute Records Ltd
Distributed by Vital, made in the EU.

Released in a clamshell cardboard box containing card sleeves for each disc, and a 32-page booklet.

Some tracks are early versions of already existing Cabaret Voltaire songs.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned - On box): 5016025670178
  • Barcode (Text - On box): 5016025670178
  • Label Code: LC5834
  • Rights Society: bel BIEM
  • Barcode (Disc 1 (Text only)): 5016025770175
  • Other (Disc 1 Cat#): CABS17CD.1
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): EMI UDEN 2577017 @ 1 1-1-2 NL
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI L047
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): ifpi 1448
  • Barcode (Disc 2 (Text only)): 5016025870172
  • Other (Disc 2 Cat#): CABS17CD.2
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): EMI UDEN 2587017 @ 1 1-2-4 NL
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI L046
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): ifpi 1509
  • Barcode (Disc 3 (Text only)): 5016025970179
  • Other (Disc 3 Cat#): CABS17CD.3
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 3): EMI UDEN 2597017 @ 1 1-1-1 NL
  • Mastering SID Code (Disc 3): IFPI L047
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 3): ifpi 15EF

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Methodology '74 / '78 Attic Tapes (7×LP, Compilation, Reissue, Clear, Box Set, Limited Edition)Mute, The Grey AreaCABS17Europe2019



  • Crijevo's avatar
    Edited 2 years ago
    With a number of early 90s compilations mostly released by The Grey Area of Mute Records, the rise of electroclash at the turn of the century renewed the interest in Cabaret Voltaire's work, resulting in a number of compilations and box sets, some of which were rather cashing in on the group's work while some were putting together a more decent picture although the latter were not immune to a repetitive mess of dub versions where there should have been some more exclusive ones to fill in the gaps in private CD/LP collections.

    Around the same time, Mute and Virgin put together extensive collections of Cabs' work - single-CD versions were titled "The Original Sound Of Sheffield", based on the more available material while the box-sets "Conform To Deform" and "Methodology" focused on the obscure - all of these featuring The Designers Republic's typically hyped up (and to an extent pretentiously illegible) designs.

    Of the two, "Methodology" is surely more consistent in presenting the chronological genesis of a group once as confrontational as it became more dancefloor friendly in their later years. Of course, decades back, TG's Industrial first released something similar, being "Cabaret Voltaire 1974-76", a collection of the group's earliest proper recordings - in the 90s, Mute re-released that on CD and for a number of years, it was the only such insight into Cabaret Voltaire's creation prior to their more "popular" releases via Rough Trade in the late 70s.

    Surely, many will undoubtedly treasure "Methodology" for all the daring, faulty or plain for-fun-sake doodling with tapes and synth noise - some of these indeed sound like mere sketches that got nowhere in the first place but in the context of "Methodology" even the simplest of ideas form the inevitable part of the complete picture which indeed make "Methodology" a deserved and well-conceived success.

    The most thrilling thing of all is the quality of these early recordings - very possibly restored from the proper, original tape reel source rather than plain audio cassettes (although the latter is not excluded, in both cases the person responsible for the mastering, did a great job). A number of proper versions of never-before heard tracks are a reason enough to get a hold of this box-set; to name a few, "Oh Roger" and "Havoc" (both previously merely appearing as live cassette recordings), the opener "Exhaust" (a plain repetitive one-word piece) is amazingly good-sounding considering its timeline, "Fuse Mountain" is one of the most beautiful ambient pieces this side of Eno and Kraftwerk (audible references to both)...

    Towards the end of the box-set (read: disc three), more familiar material comes kicking in, the demo versions of "Headkick", "Heaven And Hell", "Talkover", "Here She Comes Now", "Baader Meinhof", "Nag Nag Nag" or "Capsules", showing no real difference to the recordings we're familiar with from Cabaret Voltaire's official releases. Interesting to hear for their development but generally mainly an insight into the final versions that didn't need much rework in the proper studio - in that respect, the final versions are without doubt a better offering (for that, check "The Living Legends" and "Listen Up With Cabaret Voltaire", both highly recommended early 90s compilations).



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