Perspectives & Distortion: Cherry Red Rarities 1981

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Cherry Red was one of the more distinctive and influential British alternative rock indies of the early '80s, indebted to the punk and new wave era in its commitment to new forms of rock music, but not bound by some of the boundaries and constrictions that punk and new wave threw up themselves. Originally released on LP in 1981 with the title Perspectives & Distortion, this compilation usually sticks to the artier and more ambient sides of new wave and post-punk, with lots of use of electronics and/or wispy, ethereal textures on both vocal pieces and purely instrumental tracks. Collectors might want this purely for the out of the way cuts by several noted ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Cherry Red was one of the more distinctive and influential British alternative rock indies of the early '80s, indebted to the punk and new wave era in its commitment to new forms of rock music, but not bound by some of the boundaries and constrictions that punk and new wave threw up themselves. Originally released on LP in 1981 with the title Perspectives & Distortion, this compilation usually sticks to the artier and more ambient sides of new wave and post-punk, with lots of use of electronics and/or wispy, ethereal textures on both vocal pieces and purely instrumental tracks. Collectors might want this purely for the out of the way cuts by several noted artists, including a pre-Everything But the Girl Ben Watt, Virgin Prunes, Matt Johnson whose "What Stanley Saw" is one of his most straightforwardly melodic rock tunes of The The, Lemon Kittens, Mark Perry of Alternative TV, Robert Fripp, and pre-punk veteran Kevin Coyne. As memorably quoted in the liner notes, John Peel said at the time, "I tried to play Perspectives & Distortion at home but my children begged me to switch it off." Yet it really isn't as inaccessible as all that. Some of the more experimental pieces by the likes of Lemon Kittens and Virgin Prunes are indeed harsh. But there are also nicely melancholic, oft-ghostly bits, and not all of them by the relatively big names, like Watt's brief and lilting "Departure" and Claire Thomas and Susan Vezey's forlorn swirling voices on "Bright Waves."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2003
  • Label: Cherry Red Uk
  • EAN: 5013929123120
  • Catalog Number: 231

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bright Waves - Susan Vezey (5:37)
  2. 2 What Stanley Saw @@Matt Johnson (3:02)
  3. 3 Third Secret - Virgin Prunes (3:19)
  4. 4 The Calm... - Lol Coxhill (2:09)
  5. 5 ...in Wooden Brackets - The Lemon Kittens (4:20)
  6. 6 You Frighten - Eyeless in Gaza (6:27)
  7. 7 Hello Judas - Kevin Coyne (2:50)
  8. 8 Dear, Dear - Mark Perry (1:41)
  9. 9 Departure - Ben Watt (1:35)
  10. 10 Return Call/We Are - Two Daughters (4:27)
  11. 11 People in Space - Kevin Harrison (1:56)
  12. 12 Kings of Sham - Thomas Leer (3:56)
  13. 13 Folded - Five or Six (4:36)
  14. 14 Foreign Correspondent @@Morgan-Fisher (3:08)
  15. 15 Remorse of Conscience - Robert Fripp (1:26)
  16. 16 No Way of Knowing @@A. Tent (3:29)
  17. 17 [Untitled] - David Jackman (2:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lol Coxhill Soprano Saxophone
Kevin Coyne Voices
Martyn Bates Organ, Background Vocals, Voices
Kevin Harrison Multi Instruments
Thomas Leer Multi Instruments
Morgan Fisher Multi Instruments
Peter Becker Synthesizer, Background Vocals
Gavin Povey Organ
Ben Watt Guitar, Voices
Paul "Wix" Wickens Piano, Drums
David Harper Vocals, Wood Block
Clarence Thomas Vocals
Jonathan More Clarinet, Soloist
Matt Johnson Multi Instruments
Mike Alway Guitar
John Yorke Vocals
Danny Whittock Vocals
Graham Cassie Bass, Vocals
Kim Middleton Voices
Technical Credits
Kevin Coyne Producer
Danielle Dax Contributor
Eyeless in Gaza Producer
Five or Six Contributor
The Lemon Kittens Producer
Two Daughters Producer
Colin Lloyd Tucker Engineer
Dik Producer
Robert Fripp Composer, Contributor
Mike Gregovich Engineer
Gavin Concept
Matt Johnson Producer
Mike Alway Liner Notes
Virgin Prune Producer
David Ilic Liner Notes
Bintti Producer, Concept
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