Laugh? I Nearly Bought One!

( 1 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Not the best compilation that could be assembled -- anything missing "The Wait," for one thing, can't be seen as truly definitive -- Laugh? is still a reasonable overview of the first decade of Killing Joke and its checkered but still important history. Very wisely, the emphasis is given to the band's artistic rather than commercial highlights -- only one song from Brighter Than a Thousand Suns turns up, namely the quixotic choice of an alternate mix of "Wintergardens," while nothing from Outside the Gate appears at all. Instead, the vast majority of the disc consists of selections from the first three albums plus a variety of rarities, the better to tempt the hardcore fan ...
See more details below
CD
$13.29
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$13.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (8) from $7.06   
  • New (8) from $7.06   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Not the best compilation that could be assembled -- anything missing "The Wait," for one thing, can't be seen as truly definitive -- Laugh? is still a reasonable overview of the first decade of Killing Joke and its checkered but still important history. Very wisely, the emphasis is given to the band's artistic rather than commercial highlights -- only one song from Brighter Than a Thousand Suns turns up, namely the quixotic choice of an alternate mix of "Wintergardens," while nothing from Outside the Gate appears at all. Instead, the vast majority of the disc consists of selections from the first three albums plus a variety of rarities, the better to tempt the hardcore fan with most everything already. The choice of the overtly dub-influenced "Turn to Red" from the debut single was an inspired one, throwing a light on that part of Killing Joke's origins and how the group transformed it into already fiendishly nervous, intense rock. Other relative obscurities include the strong live take of "Pssyche" from Ha! and "Sun Goes Down" from Birds of a Feather. This latter track features some of Ferguson's best drumming -- one can practically feel his sticks hit the drumheads full-on -- while Coleman's singing and Geordie's guitar create one of the most mournful, melancholy numbers in the band's repertoire. The remainder of the tracks are unchanged album selections, most understandable ones, including "Requiem" and "Wardance" from the self-titled album, "Follow the Leaders" and "Unspeakable" from What's THIS For..., and "Empire Song" and "Chop-Chop" from Revelations. Adding the likes of "Eighties" and "Love Like Blood" acknowledges the group's later smoothness in the '80s without serving up embarrassing reminders of same, a wise move. The bitterly funny cover art -- the notorious Catholic cardinal saluting the Nazis' image, altered to include financial symbols -- is a crowning touch.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1992
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 077778677123
  • Catalog Number: 7867712
  • Sales rank: 98,811

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Turn to Red (4:01)
  2. 2 Pssyche (4:44)
  3. 3 Requiem (3:43)
  4. 4 Wardance (3:45)
  5. 5 Follow the Leaders (4:54)
  6. 6 Unspeakable (5:18)
  7. 7 Butcher (6:10)
  8. 8 Exit (3:39)
  9. 9 The Hum (4:56)
  10. 10 Empire Song (3:17)
  11. 11 Chop-Chop (4:17)
  12. 12 Sun Goes Down (4:17)
  13. 13 Eighties (3:49)
  14. 14 Darkness Before Dawn (5:18)
  15. 15 Love Like Blood (4:23)
  16. 16 Wintergardens (4:47)
  17. 17 Age of Greed (7:26)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Killing Joke Primary Artist
Youth Bass
Martin Atkins Drums, Vocals
Jaz Coleman Keyboards, Vocals
Paul Ferguson Drums, Vocals
Geordie Walker Guitar
Technical Credits
Killing Joke Producer
Raven Composer
Youth Composer
Martin Atkins Composer
Jaz Coleman Composer
Chris Kimsey Producer
Konrad Plank Producer
Paul Raven Composer
K. Walker Composer
Paul Ferguson Composer
Geordie Walker Composer
Mike Coles Graphic Design
Martin Glover Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews