" Kick Off This Skin " Jeopardy / From The Lions Mouth / All Fall Down Plus by THE SOUND
date: May 1, 2014<< previous page
When you think about how Joy Division, New Order and of course The Cure have been literally deified in the last 30+ years its odd that Londons The Sound dont hold that same pedestal. Well Id argue that this brilliant 4CD Edsel Box Set reissue is not only going to change that - but is also a 2014 reissue of the year. There's a shed load on here - so lets get to the Post Punk details
The mini box set has the 3 original vinyl albums in 5 card repro sleeves with a new card for the fourth BBC set. And the chunky 36-page booklet is fantastically detailed photos of the albums, inners, 7 singles, record labels, industry adverts, lyrics to all three records and exceptionally good liner notes by TIM PEACOCK (of Englands Record Collector magazine) with contributions from band members. Its a beautifully presented job.
The remasters by PHIL KINRADE at Alchemy are clean, full of presence and power and really bring out the original production values of Nick Robbins. Its edgy and full of menace and angst lyrics love it. And the BBC live stuff in particular has great gusto - the band in full flight and untethered by studio restrictions.
Jeopardy is surely a lost Post Punk classic - opening in high form with I Cant Escape Myself where songwriter Adrian Borland has clearly been listening to Televisions Marquee Moon just a little too often (lyrics above). Missiles lets the anger rip and the trashy Heyday was an obvious if unsuccessful single but Unwritten Law is brilliant and closest to that Joy Division comparison. Fans will love the non-album B-side Brute Force on CD at last kicking like a mule too.
The remaster of Winning sees the bass pop out of the speakers as the Echo & The Bunnymen melody works its way into your subconscious (its even a little like early Icehouse). The drums and gangling guitars of Skeletons have muscle now - as does the rattling percussion intro to New Dark Age sounding like a jungle clarion call. Im so reminded of Joe Jacksons anger on Possession (Theres a devil in me trying to show its face ) and the sheer gloom of Silent Air haunts even now.
By the time it got to All Fall Down the misery had only slightly abated to allow something as poppy as Party Of My Mind a great Eighties sound and theres even tenderness in the moody guitar-chug of Where The Love Is (I want to put that smile on your face ). Side 2 opens with the delicacy of Max Mayers Keyboards on Song And Dance while the sophisticated Calling The New Tune shows real song maturity and a very definite nod towards Depeche Mode. We Could Go Far is superb Indie yet Mainstream.
The live stuff is so much more powerful and exciting the band lets rip full of piss and vinegar with the BBC boffins taping it properly and well. Pete Drummond introduces both sets to a wildly enthusiastic crowd Unwritten Law, Winning and Golden Soldiers being highlights.
So why didnt The Sound make it too doomy too bleeding miserable probably. But its because they stuck to their sound that theyve engendered such cult status and real affection. And although the Joy Division comparisons are obvious - they deserve credit 'cause theres a lot on here to love.
This is a genius reissue and a fan-pleasing offering well done to all involved
copyright Mark Barry