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    ThighpaulsandraI, Thighpaulsandra

    Label:Eskaton – Eskaton 26
    Format:
    2 x CD, Album
    Country:UK
    Released:
    Genre:Electronic, Rock
    Style:Abstract, Experimental, Ambient, Avantgarde

    Tracklist

    1-1Lycraland
    GuitarMartin Schellard
    Organ [Hammond], Synthesizer, VocalsThighpaulsandra
    VocalsDorothy Lewis
    Written-BySchellard*, Thighpaulsandra
    15:35
    1-2The Angelica Declaration
    Alto SaxophoneDave Temple*
    Backing VocalsXeno
    Baritone SaxophoneRay Dickaty
    DrumsMalcolm Cross
    Guitar, BassMartin Schellard
    Mellotron, Organ [Vox], Trumpet [Reed Trumpet], VocalsThighpaulsandra
    PercussionSiôn Orgon
    Synthesizer [VCS3]The Boy Anal*
    5:34
    1-3Optical Black
    Synthesizer, ElectronicsThighpaulsandra
    VocalsJohn Balance
    Written-ByBalance*, Thighpaulsandra
    13:00
    1-4Abuse Foundation IV
    ClarinetDave Temple*
    Marimba, Cymbal [Antique Cymbals]Malcolm Cross
    Tape, Computer, Effects [Filters]Thighpaulsandra
    8:37
    1-5Michel Publicity Window
    DrumsMalcolm Cross
    Guitar, BassMartin Schellard
    Lap Steel Guitar [Gibson]Michael Mooney*
    PercussionSiôn Orgon
    Synthesizer, VocalsThighpaulsandra
    26:58
    2-1Terrible
    Harpsichord, Piano, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Synthesizer, VocalsThighpaulsandra
    Loops [Drum Loop]The Boy Anal*
    Sounds [Water Recording Nash Point, South Glam]Simon Norris
    9:05
    2-2We, The Descending
    Backing VocalsXeno
    Guitar [Foxxtone]Martin Schellard
    Synthesizer, VocalsThighpaulsandra
    4:52
    2-3Limping Across The Sky
    Synthesizer, VocalsThighpaulsandra
    8:54
    2-4Home Butt Club
    DrumsMalcolm Cross
    GuitarRolan Nolan
    Synthesizer, MellotronThighpaulsandra
    Written-BySchellard*, Thighpaulsandra
    5:39
    2-5Celine And Julie Go Boating
    Electronic Drums [Roland V-Drums]Butros Müller-Staal
    French Horn, Synthesizer [CS80], Effects [Ring Modulators]Thighpaulsandra
    3:21
    2-6Beneath The Frozen Lake Of Stars
    Drums, PercussionButros Müller-Staal
    Guitar [Gibson Doubleneck Bass/Guitar]Julian Cope
    Piano, Synthesizer, Mellotron, Theremin, VocalsThighpaulsandra
    Synthesizer [PPG Wave], VocalsHans-Jürgen Raüsch
    Written-ByCope*, Thighpaulsandra
    32:16
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    Packaged in a six panel gatefold sleeve. Includes a 4 page insert.

    Michael Mooney appears courtesy of Beggars Banquet Records.

    Recorded at Golliwog Farm, Loco Studios and Famous Studios, Wales
    Scores prepared and strings conducted by Martin Schellard
    Piano and harpsichord tuning - Richard Kühnel
    Mellotron services - John Bradley and Martin Smith
    Computers by Apple
    Recording software and interfaces - Mark Of The Unicorn
    Thanks to:-
    Marc Paping and Bert Vermeulen for Synton Fénix Synthesizers
    Rex Probe at Sound Transform Systems for Serge Modular Synthesizers
    Aubrey Parsons at Roland UK for V-Drums, VG8 and VK7
    Adam Fullerton at Rosedene Audio for theremins and custom electronics
    Don Owen at Korg UK for SoundLink devices
    Mate Galic and Michael Kurz for Reaktor and B4 software
    Malcolm Cross plays Zildjian Cymbals and Mapex Drums
    Martin Schellard and Michael Mooney use Marshall Amplification

    For their kindness, help and inspiration:-
    Dorothy Lewis, Mary Taylor, Ericos Kranidiotis, Martin Schellard, Jody Evans, John Balance, Peter Christopherson, Peter Forrest, Nick Smith, Roger Grey, Dorian and Julian Cope, Simon Norris, Malcolm Cross, John Payne, Geoff Downes, Loz and Allison at Loco, Jason Pierce, Ray Dickaty, Tom Edwards, Anthony Doggen-Foster, Kevin Bales, Michael Mooney, Sean Cook, Damon Reece, Caron malcolm, Slouch, Frank Gironda, Gavin Wall, Paddy Farr, Stephen Thrower, Kanwal Dulay, Dagmar Müller-Staal, Otto Garms, Psychedelic Paul, David Cabaret, Adam Fullerton, Rooster Cosby, Russell Kearney, Andy Thomas, Lord Yatesbury, Jon Lee, Grant Nicholas, Taka Hirose, David Ryder-Prangley and Rachel Stamp, Danny Chang, Rob Reed, Liz McCudden, David Sefton, World Serpent.

    In memory of Bertie Lewis and Eric Taylor.

    Made in England.

    Tracks 1-5 and 2-6 are exclusive to the CD release. Track running order is also significantly different from on the vinyl release.

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Barcode (Text): 5 021958 409627
    • Barcode (String): 5021958409627
    • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): WORLDSERPENT ESKATON26/1 01 6
    • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): WORLDSERPENT ESKATON26/2 01 6
    • Other (Stamped On Inner Ring - Discs 1+2): MADE IN THE UK BY UNIVERSAL M&L
    • Mastering SID Code (Discs 1+2): IFPI L136
    • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI 04C2
    • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI 04B3

    Other Versions (4)View All

    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    I, Thighpaulsandra (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Moon's Milk White)EskatonESKATON 026UK2001
    I, Thighpaulsandra (2×LP, Album, Limited Edition, Amethyst)EskatonESKATON 026UK2001
    New Submission
    I, Thighpaulsandra (2×LP, Album, Test Pressing, White Label)EskatonESKATON 026UK2001
    New Submission
    I, Thighpaulsandra (LP, Album, Amethyst, LP, Album, White)EskatonESKATON 026UKUnknown

    Reviews

    kattamuuran's profile picture
    kattamuuran
    What to say about Thighpaulsandra's debut solo disc? Amazing? Breathtaking? Incredibly challenging? All of the above of course. I got into his music from the coil side of things, and arguably, fans of that band will be most at home here, as opposed to his fans that come from the spiritualized or Julian cope side of things. This is a truly massive double disc overloaded with moods, shades and ideas, and an excellently brilliant, excellently magickal art style as well!

    there are essentially three directions that play a powerful game of tug of war on the album: dark ambient, electronic workouts like "limping across the sky" or the beginning and end of "Michael publicity window", free rock/jazz experiments: "beneath the frozen lake of stars" and concentrated glam/prog/rock numbers "we the descending", the middle part of "Michael publicity window" and the excellent instrumental "home butt club". However, for the most part, all of the influences bleed into one and other. On one particular playthorugh, the coil collaboration "optical black" nearly made my head explode. No, really! This is a record where the quiet moments sound great quiet, and the loud moments will blow you away with their power and conviction. The whole record is very experimental, and coil fans looking for an EXACT replica of his work on albums like Music to play in the dark vol. 1 and 2 will likely be a bit let down. However, those influences are in there, just more mixed in with everything else. Michael publicity window, my favorite song, is a good example of that, with almost 10 minutes of spine tingling intense ambience punctuated by several minutes of a grungy rock song about male prostitutes, only to deftly transition back into ambience for the songs drifting conclusion.

    Lyrically, thighpaulsandra explores more overtly homosexual themes than coil have in many, many years. If this bothers you (like, apparently it bothered his old band mate, Julian cope) then best to stay away. However, I would think that pretty shallow reason to pass up on such an amazing piece of music that comes highly recommended to the coil camp.