Diamánda Gálás*The Litanies Of Satan

Label:Y Records – Y 18
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Album


AThe Litanies Of Satan
Composed By, Vocals [Solo], Tape, ElectronicsDiamanda Galás
Engineer [Sound]Dave Hunt
Lyrics ByCharles Baudelaire
BWild Women With Steak-Knives
Engineer [Sound Engineer Assistant]Durand Rene Begault
Engineer [Sound]Richard Zvonar
Vocals [Solo Scream]Diamanda Galás

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Recorded at Nadir Studios, London, England, 1981

[back cover]:
–The Litanies of Satan (from the poem by
Charles Baudelaire) devotes itself to the
emeraldine perversity of the life struggle in Hell.

–Wild Women With Steak Knives (from
the tragedy-grotesque by D. Galas Eyes
Without Blood) is a cold examination of
unrepentant monomania, the devoration
instinct, for which the naive notion of filial
mercy will only cock a vestigial grin.

Some issues contain scented record sleeve.
The vinyl in some issues are oppositely labeled.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A hand-etched): Z-SIDE Y I8-Aι NLR RR I MPT V SL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B hand-etched): Z-SIDE Y I8-Bι NLR RR I MPT V SL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A & B stamped): NIMBUS ENGLAND

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The Litanies Of Satan (12", 45 RPM, Album, Test Pressing, White Label)Y RecordsY 18UK1982
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The Litanies Of Satan (CD, )Restless Records7 71419-2US1989
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The Litanies Of Satan (CD, Album)Intravenal Sound OperationsISO1 CDUS1989
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The Litanies Of Satan (12", 45 RPM, Reissue)MuteISO1UK1989
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The Litanies Of Satan (CD, Album, Reissue)Mute, MuteISO1CD, ISO1 CDUK1989


  • saxroma1's avatar
    My copy was unscented, but I'm guessing brimstone and absinthe?
    • Crijevo's avatar
      Where Yoko Ono's characteristic voice shrieks fail, Diamanda's win to the extreme - be it inner demons, institutional repression or the all-around hypocrisy. The only irony is, "The Litanies of Satan" is quite musical. Intense, frightening and demanding, yes - but just as liberating. Impressive how far the singer can push her voice, testing the chords, in the process challenging the listener to stare at one's own fears. The album where sound truly exceeds the medium, filling the room with sheer, fascinating horror.
      • antisecurity's avatar
        reissue incoming on Diamánda Gálás' own label May 1st with other releases on the way
        • marty.gabriel1067's avatar
          Wild Women With Steak Knives is the shorter track. This can be shown through listening, as the words that are intelligible reference this.
          • Bradx's avatar
            The first time I heard this was in HMV Manchester in 1982 (remember when HMV sold good records? A loooong time ago).
            I was going through the racks and became aware of this amazing noise.... very freaky to hear it loud in a shop.
            I didn't get it straight away though. A bit later I saw it 2nd hand and jumped on it.
            Great record, probably her best.
            • thebassclef626's avatar
              Definitely NOT a record for everyone. In fact, I would imagine most folks would turn this off after about 8 seconds into it. I also believe that this is her best album. Only the adventurous need apply. Excellent recording in my opinion. 9/10
              • MartindellaCava's avatar
                Stranger record ... i llike it!
                • IZCAS42's avatar
                  this is one HELL of a scary record!



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