The Fruit of the Original Sin

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The second compilation released by the Belgian label Crepescule in the early '80s, and easily the most ambitious of its earliest such efforts, The Fruit of the Original Sin at the time acted as a sprawling catchall that drew together many different strands of what could be called post-punk and art rock from all over Europe and North America. From a distance, it's even more of an astonishing effort, thanks not only to the many bands and performers who appeared and later established strong reputations worldwide, but the sheer, surprising range of who appeared. If there's an exact modern equivalent to a collection that starts with a discordant modern jazz/classical composition...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The second compilation released by the Belgian label Crepescule in the early '80s, and easily the most ambitious of its earliest such efforts, The Fruit of the Original Sin at the time acted as a sprawling catchall that drew together many different strands of what could be called post-punk and art rock from all over Europe and North America. From a distance, it's even more of an astonishing effort, thanks not only to the many bands and performers who appeared and later established strong reputations worldwide, but the sheer, surprising range of who appeared. If there's an exact modern equivalent to a collection that starts with a discordant modern jazz/classical composition Peter Gordon's martial title track and includes not only live poetry snippets William S. Burroughs' "Twilight's Last Gleaming," an often uproarious recording that concluded the original release but an interpretation of Claude Debussy Cecile Bruynoghe's "Clair de Lune" and an extended interview with a noted author, in this case French writer Marguerite Duras -- with piano accompaniment after the fact from Virginia Astley, no less -- then it's not received the attention it should. It's all the more impressive given that Crepescule was still just starting out in ways, but if one needed proof of the success of the D.I.Y. ethic well beyond punk crash and bash, it's here. A couple of the contributors who appeared were utterly obscure then and now but the amount of downright legendary folks who had some of their earliest -- or even debut -- recordings here reads like an honor list. The Durutti Column's elegant entries include "The Eye and the Hand" and "Experiment in Fifth"; DNA's three short pieces show off their moody, understated aggro side well, all scraping guitar and driving bass; Arthur Russell's "Sketch for 'Face of Helen'" is an unsurprisingly captivating take on a gentle drone melody mixed with distant fuzz; and Wim Mertens' minimal string quartet composition "Multiple 12" rivals it for beauty. Paul Haig's "Mad Horses" is an odd number even for him, a minimal slice of motorik funk that later generations would call lo-fi. Meanwhile, the number of artists who barely got beyond one album, if even that, but ended up getting plenty of cult attention as time passed is also striking -- Marine pop up a couple of times, most notably with the skittery funk of "Animal in My Head," while the French Impressionists have a slightly louche ball early on with "Boo Boo's Gone Mambo/My Guardian Angel." Having released various tracks from the album on single-artist compilations and reissues over the years, LTM finally issued a full two-CD re-release of the compilation in 2007, including a further eight bonus tracks from related releases or compilations at the time. Paul Haig reappears with two obscure Rhythm of Life tracks, the Durutti Column's "Weakness and Fever," an alternate recording of "Smile in This Crowd," takes a bow, while Peter Gordon's collaboration with artist Lawrence Weiner, "Deutsche Angst," is as murkily strange a slice of spoken word meets proto-industrial collage as one could ask for. Thorough liner notes and a reproduction of the original inside sleeves complete another solid LTM reissue.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2007
  • Label: Ltm
  • EAN: 5024545468724
  • Catalog Number: 2497
  • Sales rank: 105,734

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Fruit of the Original Sin - Peter Laurence Gordon (3:45)
  2. 2 Boo Boo's Gone Mambo/My Guardian Angel (4:25)
  3. 3 The Eye and the Hand (2:30)
  4. 4 Multiple 12 (7:03)
  5. 5 Clair de Lune (4:34)
  6. 6 A Man and a Woman - Marine (1:12)
  7. 7 Mad Horses (4:54)
  8. 8 Animal in My Head - Marine (3:55)
  9. 9 Affectionate Silence (2:25)
  10. 10 Flesh (5:45)
  11. 11 Taking Kid to School/Cop Buys a Donut/Delivering the Goods [from Mr. De - The DNA Disciples (5:25)
  12. 12 Deutsch Angst - Lawrence Weiner (5:55)
  13. 13 Weakness and Fever (5:22)
  14. 14 Summertime (3:12)
  15. 15 Matters of Theory (5:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 An End Remains (3:47)
  2. 2 The Happiness of Lonely (2:49)
  3. 3 Interview (10:29)
  4. 4 India Song (4:25)
  5. 5 Music for Someone - The Names (2:11)
  6. 6 Sudan (2:39)
  7. 7 Party (3:32)
  8. 8 Sketch for 'Face of Helen' (3:41)
  9. 9 Experiment in Fifth (3:36)
  10. 10 The Next Best Thing to Death (5:35)
  11. 11 Twilight's Last Gleaming (4:27)
  12. 12 Gymnopedie No. 1 (3:15)
  13. 13 Departures (3:27)
  14. 14 Soon (2:57)
  15. 15 Where It Came From (4:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arthur Russell Cello
Peter Laurence Gordon Track Performer
Paul Haig Vocals
Virginia Astley Piano, Track Performer, Soloist, Background Music
William S. Burroughs Readings
Malcolm Fisher Piano
Ikue Mori Drums
Frans Vos Viola
Technical Credits
Wim Mertens Composer, Producer
Gavin Bryars Author
Erik Satie Composer
Peter Laurence Gordon Composer, Producer, Engineer
Paul Haig Composer, Producer
Francis Lai Composer
Arto Lindsay Composer, Producer
Virginia Astley Composer
Claude Debussy Composer
Malcolm Fisher Composer
Richard Jobson Composer, Poetry, Author, Drawing
Ikue Mori Producer
Andrew Poppy Composer
Vini Reilly Composer, Producer
Winston Tong Composer
Simon Topping Producer
John Giorno Contributor
James Grauerholz Producer
Wilf Smarties Engineer
Marguerite Duras Author
Michel Sordinia Composer
Swamp Children Composer
James Nice Liner Notes
Benoit Hennebert Artwork
Pierre Vale Remastering
Ed Bahlman Producer
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