Hard/Solid Gold

Hard/Solid Gold

by Gang of Four
     
 

Gang of Four's debut album, Entertainment!, immediately made them a name to be reckoned with in post-punk circles after its release in 1979, and the group's third set, 1982's Songs of the Free, was their most popular, adding a bit of polish to their Spartan and metallic "neo-Marxist funk" and scoring a hit single in the process with the edgy-but-danceable "ISee more details below

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Gang of Four's debut album, Entertainment!, immediately made them a name to be reckoned with in post-punk circles after its release in 1979, and the group's third set, 1982's Songs of the Free, was their most popular, adding a bit of polish to their Spartan and metallic "neo-Marxist funk" and scoring a hit single in the process with the edgy-but-danceable "I Love a Man in a Uniform." This two-fer CD, then, features "the other two albums" (from the group's original run, that is), the ones that were never embraced with the same degree of enthusiasm by fans. Time has been very kind to 1981's Solid Gold; while it's not as immediately compelling as Entertainment! -- most of the songs aren't as hooky, and the production, while glossier than that on Entertainment!, doesn't flatter GoF's approach -- the material is intelligent and muscular, and the players attack the music with cool passion and understated rage, while "Paralyzed," "Cheeseburger," and "He'd Send in the Army" rank with the very best stuff they ever committed to tape. Sadly, the same can hardly be said of 1983's Hard; recorded after the departure of drummer Hugo Burnham (who on most tracks was replaced with a drum machine), Hard was an attempt to reach out to the R&B market that had surprisingly embraced "I Love a Man in a Uniform." But the slick production (by Bee Gees vets Ron Albert and Howard Albert) wears away the sharp edges of Andy Gill's guitar and Jon King's vocals until neither sound like they can be bothered, and except for the menacing "Woman Town," the songs are strictly second-rate. Since Hard has never before been on compact disc, and the Infinite Zero reissue of Solid Gold is out of print, this disc is a good place for fans to fill out their collections, but since Hard gets the leadoff position, don't be surprised if you usually start this one at track ten. (Unfortunately, Wounded Bird's packaging only lists the musicians credits from Hard, meaning no mention is made of Hugo Burnham and original bassist David Allen playing on the cuts from Solid Gold -- better luck next time, guys.)

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/21/2003
Label:
Wounded Bird Records
UPC:
0664140393622
catalogNumber:
3936
Rank:
38589

Tracks

  1. Is It Love  -  Gang of Four
  2. I Fled  -  Gang of Four
  3. Silver Lining  -  Gang of Four
  4. Woman Town  -  Gang of Four
  5. A Man With a Good Car  -  Gang of Four
  6. It Don't Matter  -  Gang of Four
  7. Arabic  -  Gang of Four
  8. A Piece of My Heart  -  Gang of Four
  9. Independence  -  Gang of Four
  10. Paralysed  -  Gang of Four
  11. What We All Want  -  Gang of Four
  12. Why Theory?  -  Gang of Four
  13. If I Could Keep It for Myself  -  Gang of Four
  14. Outside the Trains Don't Run on Time  -  Gang of Four
  15. Cheeseburger  -  Gang of Four
  16. The Republic  -  Gang of Four
  17. In the Ditch  -  Gang of Four
  18. A Hole in the Wallet  -  Gang of Four
  19. He'd Send in the Army  -  Gang of Four

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gang of Four   Primary Artist
Jon Astrop   Bass
Chuck Kirkpatrick   Vocals
Andrew Gill   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Brenda White   Vocals
Alfa Anderson   Vocals
Jon King   Vocals,Melodica
Sara Lee   Bass

Technical Credits

Ted Nugent   Composer
Howard Albert   Producer
Ron Albert   Producer
Dave Allen   Producer
Hugo Burnham   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Douglass   Producer
Andrew Gill   Composer,Producer
John Lang   Composer
Pat Mastelotto   Composer
Richard Page   Composer
Jon King   Composer,Producer
Dave Allen   Composer
George Steven   Composer

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