Richard H Kirk* ‎– Earlier / Later (Unreleased Projects Anthology 74-89)

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The Grey Area ‎– KIRK6CD, Mute ‎– 0724359822808
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2 × CD, Compilation, Enhanced
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Credits

  • Design, Art DirectionThe Designers Republic
  • Drum Machine, Tape [Tape Loops, Cassette & Open Reel Tapes], Flute [Flutes], Guitar, Synthesizer [Vcs3], Effects [Echo, Reverb & Drones Viz A Viz Mains Hum]Richard H Kirk* (tracks: 2-1, 2-2, 2-4 to 2-6, 2-8, 2-9, 2-11 to 2-14, 2-17, 2-19, 2-20)
  • Liner NotesKen Hollings
  • Mastered ByDennis Blackham*
  • Recorded By, Producer, Arranged ByRichard H Kirk*
  • Written-ByRichard H Kirk* (tracks: 1-1, 1-2, 1-4 to 1-13 to 2-20)

Notes

Incidental info: Both disc are pressed as cd+ and contain a 1587 x 1391 pixel jpeg file of the frontcover (with parts of the tray).

CD 1 & 2 Copyright Control. Except # 1 Want More. Published by Spoon Music / GEMA. Edited and post-produced for Intone Production 2003.
CD2 - This CD contains distortion. Some of it is intentional some of it is unavoidable.

Tracks 1-1 to 1-13 and 2-3, 2-7, 2-10, 2-15, 2-16, 2-18 recorded at Western Works Studios, Sheffield.
All other tracks recorded at Richard H. Kirk's parents' house in the Pitmoor area of Sheffield.
Mastered at Skye Mastering.

Front image photo - Photo booth self-portrait, Livorno, Italy 1974
Back image photo - Photo booth self-portrait, Livorno, Italy 1974
Inside image photo - Shooting range near San Francisco, 1985 (V Vale)

℗ 2004 Mute Records Ltd. © 2004 Mute Records Ltd. Made In EU.
Printed in EU.

Track 1-2: RTT179 aborted
Track 1-10: RTT199

Recording dates:
1974: 2-1, 2-2, 2-5, 2-17, 2-20
1975: 2-4, 2-6, 2-8, 2-9, 2-11 to 2-14, 2-19
1978: 1-13
1979: 1-8
1981: 2-7, 2-10, 2-15, 2-18
1982/83: 1-1
1984/85: 2-16
1985: 1-6, 2-3
1986: 1-10
1986/87: 1-2
1987: 1-12
1987/88: 1-4
1988: 1-3, 1-5, 1-7
1988/89: 1-9, 1-11

Front & back image photos : Photo booth self-portrait, Livorno, Italy 1974
Inside image photo: Shooting range hear San Francisco, 1985 (V Vale)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 0724359822808
  • Rights Society: bel BIEM
  • Price Code: PM500
  • Label Code: LC5834
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1 - Variant 1): EMI UDEN 5982290 @ 1
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2 - Variant 1): EMI UDEN 5982300 @ 1
  • Mastering SID Code (Both Discs - Variant 1): IFPI L045
  • Mould SID Code (Both Discs - Variant 1): ifpi 150F
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1 - Variant 2): EMI UDEN 5982290 @ 1 1-1-2-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2 - Variant 2): EMI UDEN 5982300 @ 1 1-1-1-NL
  • Mastering SID Code (Both Discs - Variant 2): IFPI L046
  • Mould SID Code (Both Discs - Variant 2): ifpi 151D

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fergus222

fergus222

October 16, 2012
This needs a vinyl release
shuujin

shuujin

May 15, 2007
edited over 5 years ago

There's something new with this anthology; the demos tapes of Richard H Kirk of Cabaret Voltaire, dating from 1974 to 1989. The old bear from Sheffield states that he never played these tracks to anybody, even not his friend Stephen Mallinder. By listening closely, you can hear the rubbings of the magnetic tapes, which haven't received any post-production treatments before becoming an amazingly mature double CD. The first part is made of a mix of icy funk, close to the "Black Jesus Voice" sessions. The socio-political themes dear to the mentor Kirk are already present (war, dictature, weapons, drugs...) and they're underlined by obsessing rhythmics collages. The second part dating of 1974 is a whole of primitive electronic pieces prefiguring the sound of the 80s' industrial music, as well as the approach of the current techno-minimalist generation. It's also, according to Kirk, the kind of album he would like to produce now. Even some avant-garde people look back in the past, and they're right to do so.
nunchaku

nunchaku

July 21, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
I just got this album, and I thought it sounds pretty much up to date with what most of the electronica brigade is up to. Really nice distortion and fucked up rythms on the second disc made this a winner for me.
Crijevo

Crijevo

August 16, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
Sometimes too reminiscent of his former group, sometimes his own creation - sum total: the grooves you cannot resist, funny cut-up games and effective but rather scary cover of young Mr. Kirk posing with considerable coolness/threatning look. 'Earlier/Later' is sort of a sequel to the Cabs' excellent 'Methodology' set (mostly due to Kirk's surprisingly early solo cuts) and evolves from the avant-garde to more club-friendly techno pulse. Some might say there's loads of rubbish on this set but not all the rubbish sucks - Mute's intentions were probably financial regardless of the respect for the obscurity of these recordings but in a way it's not commercial either. Die-hard fans will truly love this record, the rest will wonder what the hell is it about. Well, it's about hell indeed. 8.5/10