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Artist: THIS HEAT
Title: Health and Efficiency
Format: CD
Label: This Is
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
"Between Blue & Yellow and Deceit came the 3" EP, Health and Efficiency. It bridges a gap between the mostly improvisational former, and the highly composed latter, showing great diversity in the bands sound in general, as well as nicely documenting their two extreme directions. The title track is This Heats single most high-energy piece ever, and is a tour de force of singing, ensemble playing and sound texture. It is propelled along by Charles Bullens signature guitar strumming & ratcheting harsh picking, and includes an extended coda section, where the solos are tape loops and field recordings of such unlikely instruments as dishes clanking around in the sink, a childrens playground, metal clangings, hoots & howls, as well as tons of tonalities whose impetuses can only be guessed at now. It evokes the darkest aspects of This Heats musical beauty, and the drumming throughout is explosive. Graphic/Varispeed is a completely different kettle of fish; a trance-like VSO experiment meant (on vinyl) to be listened to at 33 1/3 and 16 rpm, as well as the original 45 rpm (the version on this disk): A single tape loop from a section of the first album is processed to the point of unfamiliarity, stripping it of almost all motion, save for the changing of pitches, which become increasingly more radical as the piece unfolds. It is one of the bands most experimentally sound moments, and serves as the direct antithesis to the title track." -This Is.

Artist: THIS HEAT
Title: Live 80/81
Format: CD
Label: This Is
Country: UK
Price: $17.50
"Until now, the only live This Heat has been a long-deleted cassette version of a concert from Krefeld, Germany, from 1980. At last, we are able to officially release private recordings from the bands live repertoire, circa 1980-1981, taken from concerts in Tilburg, Nijmegan, Arhus, Appledoorn, Vienna and Rheims. The trio rip through some highly-charged versions of classic pieces from both Blue & Yellow and Deceit, as well as an improvisation (Aerial Photography, the tone of which could well be the backing track for their classic, Triumph) and one previously unheard song (The Rough With The Smooth, circa Deceit). This disk is a must for all This Heat fans: it gives us alternate versions of their classics, whilst documenting the immense energy and tonal quality of their live shows from that period." -This Is.

Artist: THIS HEAT
Title: Out Of Cold Storage
Format: 6 CD Box Set
Label: This Is
Country: USA
Price: $92.00
"The complete official lifetime releases of This Heat: This Heat, Deceit, Health and Efficiency, Made Available and Repeat, re-mastered and re-packaged, with a substantial (48pp) book of interviews, recollections, information, documents and photographs in a sturdy box, PLUS a new CD of concert recordings." - This Is.

Artist: THIS HEAT
Title: Repeat
Format: CD
Label: This Is
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
"Repeat is This Heats fourth album proper, posthumously released in 1993. It harbors the most extreme musical side of This Heats experimental tendencies on disk, and is assuredly the bands most radical offering. The title track is an oxymoron: An extended/edited version of the piece 24 Track Loop, which had been previously issued on the Recommended Records double-disk sampler in 1981, heard here sans the harmonizer effect. The original tracks were produced by David Cunningham (Flying Lizards) and Anthony Moore (Slapp Happy-Henry Cow). Metal follows, and is essentially the late Gareth Williams leading the others in the band on a acoustic foray: ...recording metal sculptures, mostly -- rejects from someones studio -- some corrugated asbestos, and a lot of scrap metal, as Charles Bullen recollects many years later. The result can only be likened to the works of master electro-acousticians Denis Dufour and Francoise Bayle; an approach as far removed from rock music as can be, elucidating the cutting-edge nature of This Heat when not confined to the premises of compositional thought. Graphic/Varispeed is an alternate, 33 1/3 rpm version of the piece heard on Health & Efficiency. Originally released on 12" vinyl, the speed setting and track timing were not specified, leaving the listener in a quandary as to its intent, but ultimately (and altruistically) leaving the public to decide the fate of the piece. HOWEVER, by issuing both versions on two separate albums, the enigma cleverly lives on." -This Is.

Artist: THIS HEAT
Title: This Heat
Format: CD
Label: This Is
Country: UK
Price: $16.50
"This Heat, the band, emerged in early 1976 on the leading edge of what became the New Wave, but they were always apart, more scary and more subtle. Known as the most left-field, and at the same time most hard-edged, band in all of England, their concerts attracted experimental, punk and new wave audiences alike. Just a handful of performances made them the band everyone had to see, and every journalist had to interview. And the more we knew, the more enigmatic they became. This Heat was a passion. The band worked day-in, day-out for years in their own, now legendary, studio in Brixton (Cold Storage - sited in an old industrial meat refrigerator), or they were away somewhere touring abroad. In this hothouse environment, their material evolved and grew, and became increasingly intense; on the one hand more cuttingly simple, on the other more layered and more dense. When their first LP - itself several years in the making - finally appeared on David Cunninghams Piano label in 1979, with its distinctive blue and yellow sleeve, it acquired immediate iconic status. And over time it has also proved itself prescient; there are musical innovations here that anticipate genres that would take another 15 years to reappear. This Heat, the record was a landmark release. It tore up the book and laid new rules for band composition and performance. The music was without precedent; the musicians uncompromising; the recordings hammeringly intense and the sound deep, radical, and rich. This was music stripped back to the bone but never simplified.  And it hasnt aged. The later CD version of the LP has now been out of print for some fourteen years (and is currently fetching  $300-$350 second-hand), so this edition, the first on the new This Is label, re-mastered and repackaged by the group, will be doubly welcome. It is the first of a series of historical This Heat re-editions and unpublished works by the band to be released on this dedicated label." - This Is.

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