The Black DogTemple Of Transparent Balls

Label:General Production Recordings (GPR) – GPR CD::1
CD, Album
Style:Techno, IDM


1Cost I5:05
2Cost II6:30
34, 7, 8,6:11
4The Actor And Audience5:17
6Kings Of Sparta4:11
7Sharp Shooting On Saturn6:39
10In The Light Of Grey5:22
11The Crete That Crete Made5:10

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CD contains poster of the cover.

CD text:

Back cover text:
Published by Hardcore Music [Publishers] LTD.
Distributed in the UK by Pinnacle
℗ 1993 General Production Recordings Ltd.
© 1993 General Production Recordings Ltd. 0268-554-906
Front cover still :: taken from The Black Dog's, 'Towers'.
D::signed by Andy [BDP], Rich + Drew at Think.

Inner cover text:
27.8.93. 21::15 Think connects to Black Dog Towers Node 1
27.8.93. 22::05 CRC XMODEM 2.3MB file transfer initiated
27.8.93. 23::15 'Towers' still received at Think

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  • Barcode (Text): 5 022281 214827 >
  • Barcode: 5022281214827
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): DISCTRONICS S GPRCD 1 02
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, mirrored, inner mould ring): 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): DISCTRONICS S GPRCD 1 02
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, inner mould ring): 1

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  • psychicSnow's avatar
    Edited 2 months ago
    This has the highest ratio of musical quality to artwork quality of any record ever.
    Wicked music. Deluxe paint
    • lonely-dancer's avatar
      The master tape actually said “Temple Of Transparent Walls”. Only the Almighty or the Queen of England will know why the walls in the title suddenly turned into balls.
      • jackoldman's avatar
        this is probably the most 90s looking cover art and the most 90s sounding album title. it is also intensly sounding album. incredible record.
        • cosecant's avatar
          Edited 4 years ago
          horrendous. definitely almost the possibly worst music I've ever heard in my life sometime.
          edited for
          this is ironic
          • JonnieDarko's avatar
            Edited 16 years ago
            I have been an 'occasional' fan of Black Dog & their guises over the years, the first track I heard was 'Virtual' on the Kaos Theory 4 album back in '93. My second visit was the tracks on the seminal 'Objets D'art 92::95' cd on Nu Electronica in '95 as well as 'Repeats' in '96. So it's not that I have closed my ears to them (not in the least), but never really tapped into them in a big way. Until now! Back to this release though, I found this in Beano's the other day for a hefty £25 & thought "Shall I..?" having not heard of this album but had a hunch about it. Oh Boy was i right! It's a classic album & a classic electronica album of it's age & still stands the test of time, despite it's humble sounds in parts, but so much is packed into this album. A thoughtful & memory inducing album of a bygone age. Every track has all the future Dog hallmarks; the wonderful nervy, jittery, tribal beats we have now come to love about them as 'Black Dog' that is. I see now where Lucky & Easy grasped a lot of their inspiration from. The emotional & thought provoking classic of 'Cost II' is one of the best tracks I've ever heard & stands amongst the true greats. An emotional trigger of a track to be sure. Experimental stuff & full of punch but never over the top. Tracks like 'Kings of Sparta' sound very reminiscent of As One in parts, with it's wandering melancholic chords. The uplifting 'Sharp Shooting on Saturn' remind you of great times past & present, play this & you're sure to forget your troubles on a journey via car or train like me. They're playful 'Mango', frenetic & full of their tribal inspirations are another example of their paths as artists. 'The Crete that Crete Made' almost sounds like BoC, again playful yet wistful ends the album well.
            I mean, this is 13 years old! It's a truly a great testament to british electronica & they deservedly found their recognition amongst purists alike with this classic album.
            • scoundrel's avatar
              Even though The Black Dog’s electronic tinkerings on <I>Temple of the Transparent Balls</I> might sound primitive today, their mastery of abstract melodies is nonetheless influential. On this, their first album for GPR, they deliver forward-thinking techno that most musicians would give their left ear for. Listen to the wistful “Cost II” or the interplanetary funk of “Jupiler” for concrete examples. A few of the tracks lean towards the ambient side of things (the melancholy “Kings of Sparta” or the gorgeously wobbly “The Crete that Crete Made,” for instance), but their keen sense of melody keep them from drifting off into nothingness. An early album to be sure, but one that is astonishing anyway.
              • magnetisch's avatar
                In some way a secret Black Dog album. Bytes and Spanners were known classics and regulary mentioned in
                the electronic world. But Temple of Transparent Balls was an underground release, released by an underground
                label. Originally titled as Temple Of Transparent Walls, but In the time of releasing the album, there were
                problems with GPR so, for some reason, Walls became Balls.
                A lot of quality stuff on it, but like the Parallel album difficult to get in your collection.Like Parallel, re-released a year ago with some cheap and crappy artwork (Why?)
                When you are a Black Dog freak, try to get this album!



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