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Ceramic HelloThe Absence Of A Canary V1.1

Label:Vinyl-on-demand – VOD 30
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Vinyl, LP
All Media, Numbered, Limited Edition
Country:Germany
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Synth-pop, Minimal

Tracklist

A1The Diesquad3:54
A2Im / Ex0:22
A3Climatic Nouveaux3:56
A4Conversation Between Units0:30
A5Geometry7:24
A6Staticarnival1:17
B1Symphony Of Shudders2:17
B2A Grey Man1:55
B3Footsteps In The Fog3:55
B4Ringing In The Sane2:54
B5Trio1:13
B6Gestures3:28
B7Little Tune (Warlike)1:59
B8Dig That Crazy Beat0:37
C1Theatre Matrix4:15
C2A Pale View Of Hills4:50
C3A Song For Laurie4:32
C4Between Two Frequencies6:12
C5Binary4:31
D1Sampling The Blast Furnace4:28
D2Clocks4:45
D3Dark Rain2:06
D4Stadium7:08
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Side A+B: Re-release of the first LP
Side C+D: Demo sketches recorded in London, England between 1981 and 1984 for an unreleased second LP except track C1 which was the B-side of the Climatic Nouveaux 7", the only single release from the original LP.
The track "Sampling The Blast Furnace" was a track from the unrealised project "The Partnership" with Andy McCluskey of O.M.D. on vocals and also Martha Ladly. It was produced by William Orbit.
Art direction at MetaDesign.
Comes in gatefold sleeve.
This is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies.

Other Versions (5 of 10)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Absence Of A Canary (LP, Album)Mannequin RecordsMANLP1Canada1981
New Submission
The Absence Of A Canary (CDr, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered)Noise Records (4)NR009Germany1996
New Submission
The Absence Of A Canary V1.1 (LP, Album, Reissue, LP, All Media, Limited Edition, Special Edition)Vinyl-on-demandVOD 30Germany2006
New Submission
The Absence Of A Canary (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered)Suction RecordsSUCTION024Canada2012
The Absence Of A Canary (CD, Album, Reissue)Suction RecordsSUCTION024Canada2012

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Vlad1982's profile picture
Vlad1982
A very strange concept for the album. While Wickens' songs are fantastic, Humphreys' interludes are inessential at best, but mostly annoying, disrupting the flow of the album. For my playlist I simply threw them out and added "Theatre matrix" at the end - and voila, 8 perfect minimal synth songs, a marvel to listen to.

Unfortunately very little of the additional material is up to anything, the best of them are just that - "demo sketches". Probably Brett simply didn't have time to develop them, what with his successful designer carrier. What is crazy, however, is how he didn't get around to release "Sampling the blast furnace". It's a wonderful, pioneering work and what a crime it's been released well after its time. Though maybe it's a good thing after all - it surely would've been lost in the shuffle then, but now we can marvel at this perfect beauty of synthetic creation!

Also, thank God it's the vocoder version! Checked out the McCluskey-sang one on YouTube - well, just proves the fact that Andy has an uncanny ability to crap over a song with his whiney, nasal wail at will (he'd easily challenge Bernard Sumner, if a competition of this kind could've been organised).

But overall it's a great (if flawed by unnecessary interruptions) album and a worthy reissue, deserving its place in any serious collection of early 1980s analogue electronic music.
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daftcombo
Edited 3 years ago
Superb melancholic and weird synth pop. "Sampling the Blast Furnace" has a great vocoder.