Complete Singles Collection

Complete Singles Collection

by A.R. Kane


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Complete Singles Collection

Alex Ayuli and Rudi Tambala neologized dream pop and released two of the style's exemplary albums. They also excelled with their singles, all of which are compiled on this two-and-a-half-hour set. "When You're Sad," their 1986 debut, provoked Jesus and Mary Chain comparisons, but the duo -- who cited Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, early Weather Report, and the ECM label -- claimed that they'd heard neither that band nor any of its ilk. Despite some similarity, the debut's A-side is both heavier and tenderer than JAMC with no trace of the Velvet Underground. The ecstasy/horror contrast between "You're the sweetest little thing I ever had" and "The hair on your neck forms a noose around mine" deepens with the following year's Lollita 12." Its three songs, produced by the Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie, alternate between placid space-folk and industrial post-punk, bliss and dread. "Butterfly Collector" is twice as terrifying as Hüsker Dü's "Diane," as it moves through thoughts of adoration and objectification to fantasies of possession and elimination: "You're so sweet, miss cutie pie"/"I'm gonna pin you down, I'm gonna kill you." After "Pump Up the Volume," their smash one-off Colourbox collaboration as M/A/R/R/S -- the brilliant B-side and its remix appears here -- the duo's sound gets less violent and increasingly accessible, highlighted by the feverish slow-motion dub-drone of "Baby Milk Snatcher" (at nearly twice the length as the version on 69). The set's second half, beginning with the "i" era's cleaner, brighter, more intricate approach -- developed just as piles of new bands were picking up on their 1986-1988 ideas -- will be less revelatory for those who know the LPs but not the EPs. Album mixes and single edits of five "i" songs, all of which sound more like a heavenly electronic dub version of I-Level than My Bloody Valentine, are present, along with numerous remixes. Unfortunately, there isn't enough room for the six-track Remixes EP, half of which was executed by Guthrie. It might be more of a shame that One Little Indian didn't (or couldn't) repurpose the front and back of the Vaughan Oliver-designed Lollita sleeve, though it is reproduced in the booklet. The perfect graphic representation of A.R. Kane, it shows the front of a doe-eyed nude woman, while the flip side displays a shot of her from behind -- as she clutches a large knife behind her back.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2012
Label: One Little Indian
UPC: 0020286212102
catalogNumber: 1160
Rank: 167601

Album Credits

Performance Credits

A.R. Kane   Primary Artist
Colourbox   Drums
Anni McCann   Vocals
Fred McFarlane   Keyboards
Sharon Shelton   Vocals
R. Shulman   Bass
Peter Van Straten   Bass
Kenny Wellington   Trumpet
Russ Smith   Bass
Walter Sell   Piano
Bonjo   Percussion
Hugues Chevalier   Saxophone

Technical Credits

A.R. Kane   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Robin Guthrie   Producer
Gary Hellman   Additional Production
John Luongo   Additional Production
Brian Pugsley   Engineer
R. Shulman   Producer,Additional Production
Vaughan Oliver   Art Direction
Craig Kostich   Executive Producer
Chris Cuben-Tatum   Additional Production
Shelagh Wakely   Paintings
Cliff Wells   Engineer

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