45 RPM: The Singles of The The

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Matt Johnson's idiosyncratic series of records has been matched over time with an equally in-its-own-place collection of singles, and 45 RPM is a handy and sometimes revelatory compilation of many of Johnson's best moments in his various incarnations. Much of his music can be seen as both of its time and blatantly reacting against it, often resulting in a fascinating tension that at its best is really distinct music and at its worst can be flailing. Generally speaking it's more the former here, though some songs like "Sweet Bird of Truth," with its all too stiff yupfunk undercarriage not quite letting Johnson's snarling vocal work as it should, don't connect. The ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Matt Johnson's idiosyncratic series of records has been matched over time with an equally in-its-own-place collection of singles, and 45 RPM is a handy and sometimes revelatory compilation of many of Johnson's best moments in his various incarnations. Much of his music can be seen as both of its time and blatantly reacting against it, often resulting in a fascinating tension that at its best is really distinct music and at its worst can be flailing. Generally speaking it's more the former here, though some songs like "Sweet Bird of Truth," with its all too stiff yupfunk undercarriage not quite letting Johnson's snarling vocal work as it should, don't connect. The highlights, though, are predominant -- the almost winsome jangle of "Uncertain Smile," the vicious lust/AIDS metaphor "Infected," the snarling jump and jaunt of "Armageddon Days Are Here Again," and Johnson's most underrated single, "Love Is Stronger Than Death," are four standouts among many. His Hank Williams tribute is only represented by "I Saw the Light," but that alone has to rank as one of the most unique and yet still honestly affectionate covers of that song yet. Both "Uncertain Smile" and the sparkling but still harrowing "Perfect" are the original single cuts, while "This Is the Day" comes from the Disinfected EP and three closing cuts -- an alternate "December Sunlight," "Pillar Box Red," and "Deep Down Truth" -- appear for the first time. The limited-edition two-disc version is the one to hunt down thanks to the contents of that second disc -- eight remixes of various singles including a couple not on the main disc itself, like "Gravitate to Me". As good as "Infected" is, it's the 12" version that's the real monster. About the only misstep is the lack of anything from the debut Burning Blue Soul, but hopefully a planned second volume will cover that among other things.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998661127
  • Catalog Number: 86611
  • Sales rank: 67,734

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The The Primary Artist
David Johansen Harmonica
Bob Mintzer Saxophone
Gail Ann Dorsey Bass Guitar
Anna Domino Vocals
Matt Johnson Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Marimbas, Vocals, Melodica, Omnichord
Ambrosian Singers Vocals
Guy Barker Trumpet
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Dan K. Brown Bass Guitar
Crispin Cioe Flute, Saxophone
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
James Eller Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Mark Feltham Harmonica
Johnny Green Moog Synthesizer
Earl Harvin Drums
Steve Hogarth Piano
Judd Lander Harmonica
Warne Livesey Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Marr Background Vocals
Johnny Marr Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Roli Mosimann Percussion
Tessa Niles Vocals, Background Vocals
David Palmer Drums
Eric Schermerhorn Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Chris Whitten Drums
Gavyn Wright Leader, Arabian Violin
Zeke Manyika Vocals, Background Vocals
Geoff Foster Background Vocals
Louis Jardine Percussion
Simon Hale Keyboards, Leader
Spencer Campbell Bass Guitar
Angela McCluskey Vocals
John McArthey Leader
Astarti String Orchestra Strings
Liz Horsman Vocals
Brian Macleod Drums
Technical Credits
Prophets Contributor
Matt Johnson Arranger, Producer, Contributor, Remixing, Design Mastering
Clive Langer Producer
James Eller Producer
Paul Hardiman Remixing
Peter Henderson Engineer
Pete Hofmann Engineer
Warne Livesey Arranger, Producer
Roli Mosimann Programming, Producer
Mike Thorne Producer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Alan Winstanley Producer, Engineer
Simon Hale Arranger
Rev. Andrew Johnson Artwork
Jeff Krassner Composer
Andy Earl Cover Photo
Roger Scheepers Engineer
Fiona Skinner Artwork, Logo Design
Mark Bishop Engineer
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