SPK ‎– Digitalis Ambigua, Gold And Poison

Nettwerk ‎– NTL30017
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Produced 1986/7

© Nettwerk Productions
Nettwerk Productions is distributed by Capitol Records - EMI of Canada Ltd.

Title on spine: Gold And Poison
Title on front and back cover: Digitalis Ambigua Gold And Poison
Title on label: Digitalis Ambigua, Gold & Poison

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): NTL 30017 AI
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): NT I2 30017 B2

Other Versions (5 of 10) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
C 38916 SPK Gold And Poison(Cass, Album) Regular Records (2), Festival Records Pty. Ltd. C 38916 Australia & New Zealand 1988 Sell This Version
NTLC 30017 SPK Digitalis Ambigua, Gold And Poison(Cass, Album) Nettwerk NTLC 30017 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
NTCD 35 SPK Gold And Poison (Digitalis Ambigua)(CD, Album) Nettwerk NTCD 35 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
S9595 SPK Gold And Poison(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Starling S9595 Poland 1987 Sell This Version
L 38916 SPK Gold And Poison(LP, Album) Regular Records (2) L 38916 Australia & New Zealand 1988 Sell This Version


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June 30, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
Despite Revell's interesting (if not entirely for ambition's sake) attempt to push SPK towards the consumer-friendly, funkier circles (already with "Machine Age Voodoo"), the main problem with "Gold & Poison" is in its very audible stylistic inconsistency - stripped down beats and samples assembled in the part featuring vocals should work ("Breathless" remains a guilty pleasure, astrange ebm-ish pop mutant of Manufacture and Kylie) - instead, however, these beats and samples are displayed in their most clichéd way here and couldn't be more at odds with the instrumentals taken over from the conceptually stronger "Zamia Lehmanni". Even worse, these "Zamia Lehmanni" instrumentals are degraded down to mere fillers on "Gold & Poison", while with the vocally arranged songs, SPK only tap in the dark without prospering from it.

Revell's "germanik" vocal attempts on "Sheer Naked Aggression" sound too weak - and to an extent laughable, while female vocals do save some of the picture, but the shallowness infesting these songs is too hard to ignore. As many tend to bark at this strange episode of SPK's, familiar with the group's "medical history", the radical sound shift from, say - "Leichenschrei" to this, is not the reason to blame them. Their change of heart to become a more pop-oriented unit after once-aurally threatening guerilla unit was a justified step "further", but it is their desperate attempt to remain "subversive" in the wake of pop that fails at large, considering that most of the pop music industry's bigger fish of the time started exploiting the very same sample-heavy beast just the same.


June 6, 2016
The dialogue with the woman asking "Have you ever heard him play the piano?" on the track Breathless is from the 1946 film "The Beast with Five Fingers" starring Peter Lorre.