Godspeed You! Black Emperor* ‎– 'Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend

Constellation ‎– CST081-1
Vinyl, LP
Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
All Media, Album

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Printed On Back Cover:
“Wreck’d us our countrie’s amok torn thru with birds thee sky’s a bruis’d unreckoning thee shore’s bled dry but tepid waters.
To bury the lead in trebl’d biss, thatch the following-
Bucket-Wire, Dung, God’s Pee
Our citie’s grace and pain a stinkin’ wind – a plague of policemen and our dreams, alit, sinking in the harbour thee onlookers’ stare.”

Printed On LP Dust Sleeve:
“What we brought, what we wrought, what we got”
Sides A and B were recorded at thee mighty Hotel2Tango. Sides C and D recorded in concrete jamspace and mixed at The Pines. All of it mastered at Greymarket.
All other images by Bryant or Menuck or Lemiux.
Thanks: Doria, Wilkie, Ilavsky, Hugsam, Tommy W., Mary&Fred&The Great American Music Hall, SI, Timothy H., JEM, D. D'andrea, Latham, Patrick in The Hotel Basement, Pierced Arrows Forever & Anarchopanda.
“Fuck Le Plan Nord. Fuck La Loi 78. Montreal right now forever.”

Printed On Barcode Sticker:
Made in Canada

Printed On Front-cover Sticker:
Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Other Notes:
Pressed on 180-gram virgin vinyl and comes in a tipped-on heavyweight gatefold jacket printed in full-color process, plus a spot-metallic ink and spot-matte varnish. LP dust sleeve is 4-color print, with a center hole cut to display the record label on either side. Package includes a 7" in printed dust sleeve, and a 12" x 48" poster (printed full-color on both sides) featuring a collage of film stills specially-photographed and captured from the GY!BE live 16mm projections.

The artist is credited on the actual release only as "God's Pee", printed on the back cover, spine, and dust sleeve. Some copies have "Godspeed You! Black Emperor" printed on a front-cover sticker.

While noted here as sides A, B, C, D, the center labels list them respectively as sides A1, A2, B1, B2.
The dust sleeve artwork suggests listening in the order of A1, B1, A2, B2, to match the CD pressing.

The release includes a download code card to be used from 15th October 2012.

The YouTube video referenced in the runout groove of side D is "Once Upon a Time in Athens: The Legend of the Riot Dog", showing various photos of Loukanikos, a stray dog that was present at many protests in Greece around 2010.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (On Shrinkwrap, Text): 6 66561 00811 6
  • Barcode (On Shrinkwrap, String): 666561008116
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): BC79427-01 A1 HL TWO THOUSAND STONED KIDS WILL BE STOKED
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): BC79427-01 B1 HL TOO BAD THEY DON'T VOTE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): BC79428-01 A1 HL FOR LOUKANIKOS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): BC79428-01 B1 HL youtube.com/watch?v=lFd0hztEUWk

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September 5, 2018

my copy sounds bad, too bad because the packaging is great.


October 3, 2017

Here's a working link (as of Oct. 2017) to the referenced youtube vid:


February 1, 2017

this grows on you madly. i bought it blind, and was expecting something like skinny fists and felt let down when it wasn't. but man, when you let it be it without preconceptions its great, production on this is awesome too


March 17, 2016

My copy sounds great, it's barely noisy, other than at the last minutes of side B1. Too bad the etched Youtube URL doesn't work anymore. It's a nice piece of history.


January 1, 2016
It's okay. I was found wanting.


August 19, 2015
I bought this when it came out. but now just realized that I didn't get any 7" along with it. I didn't even know it was supposed to come with one? Damn, I sort of feel gypped.


September 11, 2014
I find the vinyl kind of noisy, obviously in the more silent parts. Very lame vinyl quality, considering i got a new/unplayed copy.


August 19, 2014
Just noticed some grooves on the 12" LP that appear AFTER the standard locked runout groove. Dropped the needle in there but didn't hear anything. Then after a few revolutions, the needle just ran out over the label. Very strange. Not sure I've noticed anything like this on other records before.


March 11, 2013
Holy balls! If it wasn't already obvious gybe are a band of the very highest calibur exhibiting their musical acumen in a way here that I don't think they have before.At the very least this album is a logical progression of what has come before.the absence of spoken word passages is,I feel,a total vindication of the band's ability to not get pigeon-holed.this album is entirely instrumental and possibly showcases them at their best.i absolutely take my hat off to this lot.as was the case with their 'zero riot' album I'm sure I will be listening to this years on and still be being blown away.


December 20, 2012

Godspeed You! Black Emperor at their best!