Second US Reissue of the US Original with two extra tracks ("Cheree (Remix)" and "Keep Your Dreams"). Recorded at Ultima Studios, Blauvelt, New York, 1977. Digitally Remastered at Aligned Audio, NYC, 1996.
Front Sleeve has "Limited Edition" printed on. New Rear Sleeve design - Different Band Photo, and Credits etc. printed on a Red background.
Pressed By, Mastered By, Mastered At uncredited, identified by runout etchings.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Text): 6 08007 70011 6
Barcode (String): 608007700116
Matrix / Runout (Side A): RS 7001-1 S 41410 Dc BQs
Matrix / Runout (Side B): RS 7001-1 B S 41411 Dc BQs
I was first exposed to Suicide by John Peel's BBC Radio show in the UK in 1977. The way he introduced the track immediately grabbed my attention - "Now, I first played this track a few weeks ago, and I've since had a number of requests from listeners NEVER to play it again. So, for all of you, here are Suicide - and "Frankie Teardrop".. (Probably not his exact words, but close to them). What followed was ten minutes of gruesome, desperate anguish brought into stark life, even through a cheap mono transistor radio.
Simply a milestone record in Rock history. People working with cobbled-together electronics and a sprit of independence, who somehow managed to translate raw emotion and imagery into the sound coming out of your speakers more powerfully than anyone before (or arguably since). This record makes movies in your head; escapist, voyeuristic, sleazy, right-on-the-edge ones in glorious widescreen super-high-def.
Often described as "ahead of it's time", I'd simply call it timeless. Wait 'till dark, draw the curtains, turn out the lights and absorb it. It'll force you to inhabit extremely vivid worlds, some you might not be too comfortable with, some you might want to stay in forever. Warm and cosy this ain't. Beware. Danger lurks within...