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Zero: A Martin Hannett Story

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
This is the third time Martin Hannett's production work has been anthologized. Martin, released by Factory in 1991 shortly after Hannett's death, and And Here Is the Young Man, released by Debutante in 1998, are quite similar to this set they're also shorter, but they've both gone out of print -- perhaps this disc will slide out of circulation within seven years as well, only to be replaced with a slightly better and more thorough representation. The three discs share a lot of the same material and have some similar faults, and they each provide demonstrative looks into Hannett's career, even if you already have half the material on each one. Zero: A Martin Hannett Story ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
This is the third time Martin Hannett's production work has been anthologized. Martin, released by Factory in 1991 shortly after Hannett's death, and And Here Is the Young Man, released by Debutante in 1998, are quite similar to this set they're also shorter, but they've both gone out of print -- perhaps this disc will slide out of circulation within seven years as well, only to be replaced with a slightly better and more thorough representation. The three discs share a lot of the same material and have some similar faults, and they each provide demonstrative looks into Hannett's career, even if you already have half the material on each one. Zero: A Martin Hannett Story contains 21 tracks and lengthy liner notes from LTM's resourceful James Nice. It rolls through a lot of key moments, beginning with Buzzcocks' "Boredom" Hannett's first job and concluding with World of Twist's cover of the Rolling Stones' "She's a Rainbow." You can almost sense the former sneering at the very idea of the latter, but that's another story. The average music fan won't hear the imprint of singular production work until the seventh track, Joy Division's "Transmission," where Hannett truly began to use the studio and new effects to alter the sound of the instruments. As Nice says, Hannett used "anything, indeed, that created space, weirdness, and 'sonic holograms.'" His creativity peaked during the post-punk era, and a lot of that had to do with the moods and themes explored by the bands he worked with at the time. New Order's "In a Lonely Place," Magazine's "The Light Pours Out of Me," OMD's "Electricity," and Pauline Murray & the Invisible Girls' "Dream Sequence 1" are other central inclusions, while some less-known tracks -- the Names' "Night Shift," Basement 5's "The Last White Christmas," Kitchens of Distinction's "Quick as Rainbows" -- are just as important to the story. "Quick as Rainbows," recorded in 1990, actually indicates Hannett's slide into indistinguishable work, especially if you compare it to Hugh Jones' production of the same song. ESG, A Certain Ratio, Minny Pops, and maybe even Crispy Ambulance and the Stockholm Monsters are the significant missing bands from this roundup, but they all have compilations or in-print albums that are worth finding. The disc is filled to capacity, so it's not as if they would've all fit anyway.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2006
  • Label: Big Beat Uk
  • UPC: 029667427029
  • Catalog Number: 270
  • Sales rank: 171,434

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boredom (2:52)
  2. 2 Cranked Up Really High (2:50)
  3. 3 Jilted John (2:56)
  4. 4 I Don't Want to Be Nice - John Cooper Clarke (3:51)
  5. 5 Dream Sequence, Pt. 1 (3:16)
  6. 6 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (4:00)
  7. 7 Transmisson (3:36)
  8. 8 Conduct (5:01)
  9. 9 Electricity (3:34)
  10. 10 The Light Pours out of Me - Magazine (3:26)
  11. 11 In a Lonely Place (6:13)
  12. 12 Oh Lucinda (Love Becomes a Habit) (3:08)
  13. 13 Night Shift - The Names (3:36)
  14. 14 The Last White Christmas (4:45)
  15. 15 Pretty in Pink (3:59)
  16. 16 Friendly Fires (3:11)
  17. 17 Rebecca's Room (3:30)
  18. 18 All Tomorrow's Parties (5:14)
  19. 19 Quick as Rainbows (3:28)
  20. 20 Wrote for Luck (3:41)
  21. 21 She's a Rainbow (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Martin Hannett Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Mick Jagger Composer
Lou Reed Composer
Howard Devoto Composer
Pauline Murray Composer
Pete Shelley Composer
Emily Mitchell Art Direction
The Edge Composer
John Ashton Composer
Bono Composer
John Cooper Clarke Composer
Adam Clayton Composer
Ian Curtis Composer
Martin Hannett Composer
Peter Hook Composer
Duncan Kilburn Composer
John McGeoch Composer
Dennis Morris Composer
Roger Morris Composer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Peter Perrett Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Paul Ryder Composer
Shaun Ryder Composer
Gary Whelan Composer
Richard Butler Composer
Stephen Morris Composer
Tony Rounce Memorabilia, Label Consultant
Bernard Sumner Composer
Rocco Barker Composer
Mark "Cow" Day Composer
Paul Humphreys Composer
Rob Finnis Memorabilia, Label Consultant
Mick Rossi Composer
Julian Swales Composer
Anthony "Packrat" Thompson Composer
Graham Fellows Composer
Kenneth Scott Composer
Michael Atkins Composer
Paul Wiggin Composer
Vincent Cassidy Composer
James Nice Liner Notes
Andrew Prinz Artwork, Art Direction
Timothy H. Butler Composer
Daniel Goodwin Composer
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