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Artist: RUTH
Title: Polaroid/Roman/Photo - 25th Anniversary Deluxe Special Edition
Format: LP
Label: Angular
Country: UK
Price: $32.00
"After the acclaim and success of the Cold Waves and Minimal Electronics compilation earlier this year, Angular is proud to announce the release of a 25th Anniversary Deluxe Special Edition reissue from one of the artists featured on this collection. RUTHs "Polaroid/Roman/Photo" was consistently noted as one of the standout tracks from the comp, which received glowing reviews across the board. This wasnt the case the first time around though. Originally released on Paris Records in 1985 Ruths LP sold just 50 copies and was relegated to obscurity until the track "Polaroid/Roman/Photo" started appearing on bootlegs and compilations in the early 00s, slowly becoming the cult synth pop classic it is nowadays. An original copy goes for upwards of #300 on eBay and Ruth are a shining light from an oft forgotten music scene that is becoming increasingly influential today. Ruth was the brainchild of THIERRY MULLER, a photographer and graphic artist from Paris who drew his inspiration from bands and artists like Brian Eno, Stockhausen, Pere Ubu, Neu, Velvet Underground and Kraftwerk. In the late 70s he began to work on Ruth, releasing the lone album Polaroid/Roman/Photo in 1985. The line up of Ruth was collaborative and fluid, brass mingles with prototype drum machines, and squalling experimentation sits alongside sultry French girls across 40 minutes of edgy pop innovation that sounds remarkably undated alongside contemporary pop music. This deluxe limited edition comes in a gatefold sleeve on transparent scarlet vinyl, and features a 12-page booklet of lyrics and photos and download codes for a digital version of the album which includes six bonus tracks." - Angular.
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Artist: RUTH
Title: Polaroid/Roman/Photo
Format: CD
Label: Fractal
Country: France
Price: $16.00
"Remastered CD reissue of the third album of Thierry Müller (aka Ilitch) released in 1985 under the name of Ruth, with a 16 pages booklet (which includes the original vinyl booklet), plus three bonus tracks: two versions of Polaroïd/roman/photo from 1982 & 1984 and a remix track by LOrchestra Inachevé (aka Patrick Müller and Laurent Saïet). Ruth is a 10 musicians collective, led by Thierry Müller: Marc Duconseille (saxophones flutes), Gérard Nouvel (trumpet), Pascal Morrow: violin, Parice Gillaumat: drums, Frédéric Lapierre: words vocals chorus, Frédéric Cambon: vocals, Christine Snabre et Mika Tessarech: chorus, Philippe Doray: words, Thierry Müller: guitar synthetizers organ sequencer vocals words. Polaroïd/roman/photo is a relax mood erotic-melodic-synthe-80s pop, very musical and structured album, with fine arrangements, closed to Kraftwerk early 80s period. Also, includes a clever cover of She brings the rain by Can." - Fractal
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Artist: RUTH
Title: Mon Pote/Mescalito
Format: 7"
Label: Poutre Apparente
Country: France
Price: $10.00
"...you oughta know about this reissue of primo Gallic swoon what was spawned by Ilitch mastermind Thierry Mueller. My details on Ruth is sketchy but I think this follows the Ilitch lp Periodicmindtrouble when Mueller decided to drum up a rock ensemble with Ruth bein the end result. Not sure what they was channelin (or ingestin) but this 7" is as jakeve an example of proto (Hearthan) era Ubu swoggle as Ive ever heard. Considerin this is culled from some 1978 recordings, could it be they was locked into a similar street wave? Hard to know, theres also some aggressive Psychedelic Warlords "thing" goin on too & Francoise Portes vocals (esp. on Mescalito) sound like theys bein blipped in from another dimension. Really, besides Pere Ubu, I cant think of anyone back then KNOWN who was minin a similar shaft in a space/industro/punk vein. This one is impressin the hell outta me. Right up there alongside Angel Face as one of the greatest "lost" French bands of all time. Nice to have it around. Again." - Roland Woodbe, Siltblog.
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